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Gospel according to Matthew
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Die Offenbarung des Johannes

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3. Abstention from Marriage for the Sake of Christ’s Ministry
(Matthew 19:10-12)
10   His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11   But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12   For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

The disciples were so frightened by the words of Jesus concerning holiness and the responsibility of marriage that they thought it would be better for them not to marry. Jesus did not allow a husband to treat his wife as he pleased, but demanded from him faithfulness, patience, wisdom, and love. Marriage requires responsibility, perseverance, and sacrifice with the absence of the right of separation or divorce.
Jesus showed His followers the possibility of celibacy, not as an escape from marriage, but to enable a person to serve God. It should be noted that the unmarried is not holier than the married, for both of them live from Christ’s forgiveness and righteousness. But if, in his love for his Savior, someone hears the call to celibacy, let him examine himself if he wants to submit to the control of the Holy Spirit that he may not be tempted by his body into sin. John the Baptist and Paul the apostle chose the way of celibacy, because they did not live for themselves, but gave their lives a sacrifice of praise to Christ. Let no one choose this way except those clearly called by God. The natural law is to marry in forgiveness and mutual service based on Christ’s love, power, and pardon.
Christ allowed what the disciples said, “It is better not to marry,” not as an objection against the prohibition of divorce, but as a rule that they who have the gift of self-control and are not under necessity of marrying, do best if they continue single. The unmarried have opportunity, if they wish, to care more “about the service of the Lord, how they may please the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:32-34), being less encumbered with the cares of this life. They have greater opportunities of thought and time to attent to the things of God. The increase of grace is better than the increase of the family, and fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ is to be preferred before any other fellowship.
Christ disavows forbidding marriage as utterly mischievous, because “all cannot accept this saying.” Indeed few can, and therefore the privileges of marriage should be honored. “Better to marry than to burn” (1 Corinthians 7:9).

 

Prayer:   Lord Jesus Christ, We praise You because You remained single all Your life, lived always in continence, and gave Your life a ransom for many. Forgive us every impurity and affection to lust. Teach us cleanliness and preparedness to virtuous marriage that we may live sanctified by Your blood, serve each other joyfully, and never dislike or divorce. Preserve in the power of Your love all marriages performed in Your name.

 

Question:

175. What is the meaning of celibacy for the sake of ministering the kingdom of heaven?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

1. The Order of True Marriage
(Matthew 19:1-6)
19:1
2. The Sin of Divorce
(Matthew 19:7-9)
19:7
3. Abstention from Marriage for the Sake of Christ’s Ministry
(Matthew 19:10-12)
19:10
4. Christ Loves and Blesses Little Children
(Matthew 19:13-15)
19:13
5. The Rich Young Man and the Danger of Richness
(Matthew 19:16-26)
19:16
6. Can a Rich Man Enter Heaven?
(Matthew 19:23-26)
19:23
7. The Wages of Those Who are Persecuted for Christ’s Sake
(Matthew 19:27-30)
19:27
8. The Equal Wages to All Laborers
(Matthew 20:1-16)
20:1
9. Jesus’ Third Prediction of His Death and Resurrection
(Matthew 20:17-19)
20:17
10. Stupid Pride Among Jesus’ Followers
(Matthew 20:20-23)
20:20
11. Who is the Greatest and Who is the Least?
(Matthew 20:24-28)
20:24
12. Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight in Jericho
(Matthew 20:29-34)
20:29

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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