COVENANT MARRIAGE is a “ONE FLESH” RELATIONSHIP
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Matthew 19:5,6 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain (NEVER AGAIN TWO), but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mark 10:8-9 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain (NEVER AGAIN TWO), but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh (A NEW ‘BEING’ CREATED BY GOD – “ONE FLESH”)
Malachi 2:16 “For I hate divorce” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and (I also hate) him who covers his garment with wrong,” says the Lord of hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication and shall marry another, commiteth adultery, and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall putaway his wife, saving for the cause of fornication*, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Mark 10:11-12 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
Luke 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
BIBLICAL COUNSEL IF DIVORCE HAPPENS:
I Corinthians 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
I Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace…(v.39) The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to who she will; only in the Lord.
Romans 7:2,3 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
“WHOSOEVER” Refers to All Mankind (Saved and Unsaved)
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Matthew 5:31-32 It hath been said WHOSOEVER shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I (Jesus) say unto you, That WHOSOEVER shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication*, causeth her to commit adultery; and WHOSOEVER shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Matthew 19:9 And I (Jesus) say unto you, WHOSOEVER shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication*, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and WHOSO marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Mark 10:11 And He (Jesus) saith unto them, WHOSOEVER shall put away his wife, and marry another, commiteth adultery against her
Luke 16:18 WHOSOEVER putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and WHOSOEVER marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
“ADULTERERS” DEFILE THEIR BODY… ’THIS’ GOD WILL JUDGE:
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
“ADULTERERS” IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
I Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
Proverbs 7:1-2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
I John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso CONFESSETH and FORSAKETH them shall have mercy.
Proverbs 16:6 By MERCY and TRUTH iniquity is purged: and by THE FEAR OF THE LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs 21:21 He that followeth after RIGHTEOUSNESS and MERCY findeth life, righteousness, and honor.
GOD’S CALL TO THE CHURCH:
Mark 8:34-38 And when he (Jesus) had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he (Jesus) said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashmed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
“fornication” – sexual intercourse between unmarried persons. (Webster’s New American Edition Encyclopedia of Dictionaries)
“adultery” – The sexual intercourse of two persons, either of whom is married to a third person; unchastity; unfaithfulness. (Britannica World Language Dictionary).
There is no verse in the Bible which indicates adultery as a Biblical reason for divorce. Many of the new, contemporary translations have chosen to use the word “adultery”, but this was not true in the original.
Scripture Quotes: King James Version and The International Inductive Study Bible.
By Jimmie Ruth Matthews