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May 17, 2016 by Will Maule

7 Bible Verses About The Marriage Bed!

Popular culture often depicts sex and even marriage as an everyday comodity. The self-interested message that is portrayed in our media is often of outright hedonism and a "do what makes you feel happy" attitude. But as Christians we want to live very differently, and commit to one another in love and covenant relationship. So, what does the Bible say about marriage and sex. Jack Wellman at Patheos gives us 7 key verses. 

1. Hebrews 13:4 “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
"What is crystal clear in Scripture is that sex outside of the holy bonds of matrimony is sexual immorality. The marriage bed must be held in high honor in the church, even though it’s not esteemed in the eyes of the world, and certainly the media (i.e. Hollywood)."

2. First Corinthians 7:1-2 “Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”
"Sexual morals have slipped badly in the last fifty years or so. What used to be obscene is now posted on billboards. Paul’s point is that it’s not good to have sexual relations with a woman or a man, meaning outside of marriage obviously. We know this from the context because he follows that verse with the next, where he writes, 'each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.'"

3. Luke 16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” 
"Jesus clearly said more than once that 'that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery' (Matt 5:32), but adultery or sexual immorality can happen in the heart too, without the actual physical act occurring."

4. First Corinthians 7:5 “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
"Sometimes couples get in arguments and then use sex as a form of punishment or 'getting even' with their partner but this is clearly sin. It is not their call to make (1st Cor 7:3-4). When a spouse withholds sex as a result of a disagreement, then that spouse may make it more tempting for their mate to seek a relationship with someone else."

5. Matthew 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
"Here is where Jesus was addressing sin where it begins; in the heart. When we look at someone other than our spouse and lust after them and have a sexual fantasy about them, then that’s the same thing as adultery, as far as God is concerned."

6. First Corinthians 7:3-4 “The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”
"This is in the context of Paul saying that couples should not withhold themselves from one another as a result of anger or bitterness over a disagreement. The Bible says that husbands have a right to be satisfied just as wives have that same right of course."

7. Genesis 2:24-25 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”
"I find it interesting that outside of our own spouse’s presence, we’d be mortified to be seen naked, but inside marriage, it is perfectly natural and there is no absolutely no shame in it. Don’t you think people feel shame when they’re seen in public without clothes? We know it’s naturally wrong. Why are there such laws against exposing oneself in public if it wasn’t decent? In marriage yes, in private yes, but not in public."

Read the full article here.



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