Luke 20:35

Luke 20:20-44, 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Luke 20:35 (New International Version)

But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage

We took each other to have and to hold as long as we both shall live. What comes after that? In the after life, is there husband and wife?

Jesus says the resurrected neither marry nor are given in marriage. If not non-existent, marriage is at least irrelevant after death.

Marriage, in the beginning, solved aloneness. Marriage provides for companionship and the continuing of the human race. Those in the resurrection life can no longer die, so continuation is assured; they dwell with God, so can no longer be lonely. The drivers for marriage evaporate in the age to come.

While the basis of human marriage may disappear, the foundation of union with God is eternal. God’s promise lasts more than a lifetime. It has no end. God says, “I betroth you to me for ever”.

In the resurrection, personality is preserved, as the identification of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob demonstrates. Precisely how resurrected persons relate to each other is not spelled out.

Yet some things are clear. The resurrection life transcends the present life. Present relationships will be enhanced, not diminished. Whether never-married, married, or re-married – all, resurrected, will count it not as loss, but as gain.


One thought on “Luke 20:35

  1. Thank you Helen and Roger. Look forward to more of your posts.
    For the Thessalonians reading I am drawn to the part that says,” The lawless one, he will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders”. God has not left His church just to be open to this trap. One of the gifts of the Spirit is discernment of spirits. A gift that would help us to discern whether or not something is actually from God or from Satan. We need this gift because so many Christians are drawn to the signs and wonders side of the faith. We walk by faith and not by sight. When all that “mess” at Lakeland Florida came out in the headlines, many of Americas’ well known preachers / leaders laid their hands upon this man called Todd Bentley. I think that many were deceived and many led astray. Christians thirsty for God were left disillusioned because of this mess. Churches split.
    That’s not to say that signs and wonders are not a part of this wonderful faith its just that sometimes we forget that the greatest miracle is a changed heart. We are called to test the spirits. 1 John 4;1

    I like this quote from John Piper re signs and wonders for today, he says,”On the one hand we ought to honor the uniqueness of Jesus and the apostles and of that revelatory moment of history that gave us the foundational doctrines of faith and life in the New Testament. One the other hand this too might be a unique moment in history, and in this moment it may well be God’s purpose to pour out His Spirit in unprecedented revival – revival of love to Christ and zeal for worship and compassion for lost people and a missionary thrust with signs and wonders”.

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