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Marriage Part 2Welcome to Marriage, Part 2, in the Marriage & Family Series of the Liberty Bible Course. We trust that Part 1 was a blessing and a help to you. This study is written to be used with the KING JAMES BIBLE, otherwise your answers are going to be wrong. Please get your Bible, and begin another exciting study in Gods Word, that just might change your life!
III. The Qualifications For Marriage.
A. The man and the woman must be saved. 1. The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with ______________________."
2. John 3:18 says, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that __________________ ______ is __________________ already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Note: What is it that keeps a person out of heaven? It is UNBELIEF.
3. Genesis 2:24 says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be ______ flesh." That is exactly what marriage is a yoke two become one. So it is very important that they both pull in the same direction.
Illustration: A yoke is something which hooks two things together to work as one. Back in the days before there were tractors to plow the fields, they would often yoke two animals together, so they could pull as one.
Note: The important thing about putting two animals in a yoke, was that you find two of similar size and strength. If you did not, it would put undo strain on the two animals. A shorter animal would have to take many more steps to keep up with a taller one. And the taller one would end up having to pull more of the load, etc. It would be harder on both animals.
Even so it is with a marriage. When two become one in the yoke of marriage, it puts a great strain on both of them, if they are not both saved and like-minded in serving the Lord.4. That same verse above (II Corinthians 6:14) goes on to say, "For what ____________________ hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath __________ with ________________?"
5. Proverbs 29:27 says, "An ____________ man is an ______________________ to the just: and he that is ______________ in the way is ______________________ to the wicked."
Note: The word fellowship means "a sharing in common." When you place a saved person and an unsaved person in the yoke of marriage, you are going to experience many problems because their lives are not going in the same direction, nor do they share common goals.
How would you like to live with someone who did things that were extremely disgusting to you things that you hated? That is exactly what can take place in a marriage where a saved person and a lost person are married. It can make the home a literal battleground.
Note: The word abomination means "extreme disgust and hatred." (Merriam Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary)
Note: A person who gets saved after he/she is already married cannot change the facts, and is commanded to stay with that mate loving that one, and praying for that ones salvation.6. I Corinthians 7:12,13 says, "If any brother hath a _______ that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, LET HIM NOT PUT HER AWAY. And the woman which hath an ______________ that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, LET HER NOT LEAVE HIM." More on this matter will be dealt with later in the section, The Termination of Marriage. 7. John 3:19 says, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved ________________ rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
Note: An unsaved person is going to be drawn to do the things of darkness, while the saved person is going to be drawn to do the things of light.8. In the next verse (II Corinthians 6:15) it says, "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an ______________?"
Note: The word infidel means, "one who is not a Christian; one who opposes Christianity." (Merriam Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary) Who is a Christian? One who is born again. Please refer to Liberty Bible Course 101, on the subject of Salvation, for a study of who is really a Christian. A Christian is one who has repented of his sin, and has placed his total faith in Jesus Christ, and in Him alone, to cleanse him from his sin. 9. The Bible says in John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be ________ __________, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 10. The Bible also says in Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine __________ that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be ___________." 11. According to I Corinthians 7:39, "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 whom she will; ________ in the ________."
Note: The Bible is very clear that under no circumstances is a Christian to marry someone who is not truly born-again.
It is being deceitful to plan on changing your mate after you are married. If something is important, it needs to be brought out before the marriage ceremony not after.
Sadly, many young people go ahead and marry unsaved husbands and wives. They think, "Oh, I can win him/her to Christ after we are married." That is foolish thinking, because if you will marry someone who is not saved, then he is going to resent the sudden pressure of you trying to convert him after you are married.
Note: Be careful of a young man or young lady that is already attracted to another young person, and then makes a profession of faith. It may be a sincere and genuine decision, or it may be something done just to be able to date/court/marry a Christian young person. Give the matter some time, and watch and pray.
Many such situations have been observed where a young person makes a profession of faith just to be able to marry a certain Christian young person. And then, after the marriage, suddenly quits going to church, and lets it be known that he never believed it all along. Be very careful in such situations, and pray for God to clearly show the truth in the matter.
III. The Qualifications For Marriage. A. The man and the woman must be saved.
B. The man and the woman must be like-minded.
1. The Bible says in Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, except they be ____________?" 2. Proverbs 21:9 says, "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a ________________ woman in a wide house." 3. According to Proverb 22:24, you should, "Make no ____________________ with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go."
Note: It is often said that opposites attract. That may be the worlds philosophy, but that is not Gods plan, because in marriage, opposites fight.
If you already find yourself married to a person who is not like-minded with you, then you must die to self, by the grace of God, and be determined to make the marriage work.
Note: If you marry someone who is not like-minded with you, then your life is going to be filled with turmoil.
4. Romans 5:20 says, "But where ______ abounded, __________ did much more abound." 5. Proverbs 16:6,7 says, "By __________ and ___________ iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at __________ with him."
III. The Qualifications For Marriage. A. The man and the woman must be saved. B. The man and the woman must be like-minded.
C. The man and the woman must not have a former mate that is still alive. 1. Matthew 5:32 states, "Whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth ________________." 2. Matthew 19:9 says, "Whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit ________________." 3. Romans 7:2,3 clearly tells us, "For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he ____________; but if the husband be ________, she is ____________ from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband ____________, she be married to another man, she shall be called an ____________________: but if her husband be ________, she is ________ from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man." 4. According to I Corinthians 7:39, the Bible says, "The wife is __________ by the law as long as her husband ____________; but if her husband be ________, she is at ______________ to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord."
The Bible is very clear. A person does not have permission to remarry, until that persons husband or wife has died. And even then, permission is only granted to marry another Christian who also does not have a former mate who is still living.
Note: Many Christians are ignoring what Gods Word clearly states about this subject, but when you disobey God you reap the consequences. You may see such a marriage that appears to be happy on the outside, but you do not know all of the anguish that person may be suffering in different areas of his or her life.5. Galatians 6:7,8 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man ____________, that shall he also ________. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap ____________________; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." 6. We would have thought that Lot was perfectly content and happy living in Sodom, if we had only read the Book of Genesis. But the New Testament reveals to us what was going on inside of Lot. a. Genesis 13:10 says, "And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was ________ ______________ every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD." b. The next verse states, "Then Lot __________ him all the plain of Jordan." c. Verse 12 of that same chapter says, "And Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent ____________ Sodom." d. Verse 13 tells us, "But the men of Sodom were ____________ and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." e. Despite all of that, we find in Genesis 14:12, that a war had taken place in the area, "And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt ____ Sodom, and his goods, and departed."
f. The Bible says in II Peter 2:6-8, "And turning the cities of __________ and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, __________ with the ____________ conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, __________ his righteous soul from ______ to ______ with their unlawful deeds.)"
Note: It appears, so far, that Lot felt perfectly at home in such an atmosphere that was directly opposed to Gods will. When given the chance to choose a place far away from such wickedness, he did not. Instead, he pitched his tent toward that wicked city of Sodom.
Then, when we see that a war has broken out sometime later, we find that Lot is now living right in Sodom. So he must have been happy there, right? Wrong.
In the same way, do not let marriages fool you on the outside. If a person marries against Gods clear teaching in His Word, then there will be consequences and suffering on the inside that you may never see.
Note: From the outward appearance in the Book of Genesis, everything seemed fine in Lots life, even though he was living in an ungodly atmosphere. But the New Testament reveals to us that deep inside of Lot, he was miserable living there. The word vexed means "troubled, distressed, agitated." (Merriam Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary)
g. The Bible says in Psalm 76:10, "Surely the __________ of man shall ____________ thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain."
The consequences of sin always outweigh the pleasures of sin.
Note: This means that God can still use people, in certain ways, despite their sin. But that does not mean that sin is ever worth it.
h. Hebrews 11:25 tells us that sin and its pleasure is short-lived it only lasts for a short time. "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a ____________."
i. II Samuel 12:10,11 says, "Now therefore the __________ shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up ________ against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun."
Note: David committed adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 11:1-5). While God put away his sin (II Samuel 12:13), (that is, God did not kill David, which was the penalty under the Law Leviticus 20:10), David did have to endure certain consequences because of his sin.
j. Acts 9:13-16 says, "Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much ________ he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how __________ things he must ____________ for my name's sake."
Note: With the Lord is complete forgiveness of our sins, but that does not mean there are no consequences that we will suffer if we choose to sin. The Apostle Paul is a good example of this.
Note: Sin is never worth it. If you marry in disobedience to Gods commands, then you will suffer consequences for it.
Question: Why do people say that there is an exception to this law of God, and that you can get divorced and remarried under certain circumstances? For the answer to that question, please refer to the section dealing with The Termination of Marriage.
Review: 1. The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 6:14, "Be not unequally yoked together with ____________________." 2. A yoke is something which hooks two things together to work as ______. 3. The word fellowship means "a sharing in ____________." 4. The word abomination means "extreme ______________ and hatred." 5. A person who gets saved after he/she is already married cannot change the facts, and is commanded to ________ with that mate. 6. The word infidel means "one who is ______ a Christian; one who opposes Christianity." 7. It is being deceitful to plan on changing your mate after you are married. If something is important, it needs to be brought out __________ the marriage ceremony not after. 8. The Bible says in Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, except they be ____________?" 9. If you already find yourself married to a person who is not like-minded with you, then you must die to ________, by the grace of God, and be determined to make the marriage work. 10. The Bible is very clear. A person does not have permission to remarry, until that persons husband or wife has ________. 11. Do not let marriages fool you on the outside, if a person marries against Gods clear teaching in His Word, then there will be consequences and suffering on the ____________ that you may never see. 12. The consequences of sin always outweigh the ________________ of sin.
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