The Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, tried to trap Jesus. They told the story of seven brothers, the first married a woman and died, the second married the same woman and then died, and so on. The Sadducees presumably thought that Jesus would either have to admit that this women would have seven husbands in the Kingdom, or deny the resurrection. Jesus does neither, but explains that “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:23-30). This answer demonstrates that marriage does not continue into eternity but lasts until death. Compare Romans 7:2 and 1 Corinthians 7:39.

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5 Responses to What does the Bible say about marriage continuing into eternity?

  1. Lindsey says:

    Thank you so much for answering that question for me! I was directed to the same situation except in Mark 12. 🙂

  2. Riz says:

    Curious your perspective about married couples who live until the coming of Christ… if the marriage is not ended by death, is it abolished/anulled upon the establishment of the Kingdom? What do you suspect would become of the romantic feelings shared between a believing husband and wife if both were admitted to the Kingdom – would they continue to love, value, and cherish each other to the same extent?

    • Rob J Hyndman says:

      Hi Riz. I think we can only speculate about this. I imagine that such relationships from our mortal days will continue to some extent. When believing spouses have nurtured and encouraged each other spiritually over many years, there is such a strong bond that I think it must continue in some form. However, it is impossible to know what it will be like without any biblical guidance and no previous experiences to draw on.

  3. Charles Harris says:

    Jesus said we would be like the angels. There will not be any marriage in heaven except Christ marrying His bride, the church. We will all be members of God’s family (brothers and sisters in Christ). People who have married more than once, on earth, will know each other but will not be married in heaven. We will be the bride of Christ and children of God.

  4. Sophia says:

    What is sealed in the church is forever and eternal!!

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