When people think about heaven, many typically wonder if their relationships will still exist there if both parties make it to heaven. Many married folks usually ponder if they’ll still know each other in heaven and whether their marriage and special bond will still exist. Some wonder if they can get married in heaven. So, will there be marriage in heaven?
The Bible suggests that there will be no marriage in heaven. It implies that a husband and a wife won’t be in an exclusive marriage institution as we know it on Earth. Theologians and Christian scholars teach that the only “marriage” that will happen in heaven will be between the Lamb (Christ) and His Bride (Church/Christians). Marriage, as we know and understand it here today, won’t exist in heaven.
What does the Bible teach about marriage in heaven? Why is there no marriage in heaven? What will relationships look like in heaven? What are some of the Bible verses that discuss marriage in heaven? If you’ve been pondering these questions questioning what the institution of marriage will look like in heaven, this article has been written to give you insight. To learn everything about marriage in heaven from a Biblical standpoint, stick around to the end.
What does the Bible teach about marriage in heaven?
The Bible teaches that marriages won’t exist in heaven. People who are married on Earth won’t remain married to their partners in heaven, and neither will people get married there. According to the Bible, God created marriage for human beings on Earth and not for heaven. Matthew 22:30 implies this saying, “At the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” In Luke 20:34-36, Jesus taught this too, saying, “ Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 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, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children since they are children of the resurrection.”
Mark 12:22-25 also implies that there will be no marriages in heaven by stating, “In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Earthly marriage commitments won’t be continued in heaven since these commitments end with the death of one of the partners, according to Romans 7:2, which says, “For example, by law, a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him.” 1st Corinthians 7:39 implies the same, stating, “A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.”
Most theologians and Christian scholars agree that only one “marriage” will exist in heaven – between Christ and the Church – according to Revelation 19:6-9, which says, “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 bright and clean linen was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” It is crucial to note that marriage is used figuratively in this context to symbolize the eternal union between God and His people in heaven.
Why is there no marriage in heaven?
There won’t be marriages in heaven because God created marriage to fulfill certain human needs that will no longer be needed in heaven. For instance, the main reason God established marriage was for companionship and procreation, according to Genesis 2:18, which says, “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him,” and Genesis 1:28, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The Bible implies that there’s no purpose for marriages in heaven since humans will become like angels so they won’t be lonely, and neither will there be the need for procreation, according to Luke 20:35-36 which says, “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, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children since they are children of the resurrection.”
Theologians believe God also created marriage to symbolize the Holy Trinity on Earth. This suggests that in heaven, a marriage won’t be necessary since the Church will already be in the presence of God.
What will relationships in heaven be like?
Although romantic relationships like marriages won’t exist in heaven, Christians are guaranteed closer, deeper, and more intimate relationships with Christ and other believers when they get to heaven. The Bible encourages Christians to expect better relationships in heaven in 1st Corinthians 2:9, which suggests that “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him.” Many Christian scholars believe married couples will still know each other and share special memories from their marriage on Earth.
Also, the Scriptures suggest that there won’t be any sexual relations in heaven. Hebrews 13:4 implies that sex should be kept only for marriage by saying, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Since there won’t be any marriages in heaven, the purposes for which God created sex won’t be needed.
It is important to know that although there won’t be marriages or any sexual relations in heaven, Christians will still enjoy a close, deep, intimate, and strong fellowship and relationship with one another, the angels, and God. Many theologians have suggested that once in heaven, everything, including relationships, will be God-centered.
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