Will We Still be Married in Heaven?

Jesus made it clear that no one will be married in heaven: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30 NIV).

But this doesn’t mean that we won’t know each other or will cease cherishing our earthly relationship. The rich man recognized Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom, even though he was in a different place and separated by a “great gulf” (Luke 16:19-31 NKJV). The disciples recognized Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration, even though these two men had lived many centuries before (Matthew 17:1-5). Finally, we recall the striking promise made by our Lord to the repentant thief in Luke 23:43, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise” (NIV).

The apostle Paul said we will have more knowledge in heaven than we have now (1 Corinthians 13:12). This implies that we will know and recognize people more fully in heaven than here on earth. He also said it was “far better” to depart and to be with Christ than to remain in the body on earth (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:22-23).

In all of these passages, heaven is depicted as a place of greater experience than we now know on earth and a place where we will have more knowledge and understanding. This would lead us to believe that we will recognize other members of our family, even though we will not live in family units. Instead, all believers in this age will be united in the bride of Christ and in fellowship with our Savior as the heavenly Bridegroom (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 19:7,9).

Scripture leads us to believe that we will enjoy such a state of wonderful intimacy with our glorified brothers and sisters that there will no longer be a need for the exclusive relationships that protect us from loneliness and despair in a fallen world. This does not mean, of course, that we will not know and share a perfect love with those with whom we have been especially intimate in our earthly lives. However, all of the joys and ecstasy of marital and family love will be far surpassed by the joys of perfect intimacy and trust in heaven.

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One thought on “Will We Still be Married in Heaven?

  1. I respectfully ask that you reconsider your interpretation of Mat 22:23-32. I believe there is more evidence that you have not considered in your answer. Here are some things to consider on this topic:

    1) In Mat 22:30 Jesus may have been referring to the scandal between Herod and his brother Phillip where Phillip gave his wife in marriage to Herod. That is something that would not happen in Gods Kingdom.

    2) In the resurrection it is our flesh that is raised up out of the grave. We don’t get some other body to replace it so any covenant in our flesh (ie: with our spouse) may likely still remain (One Flesh).

    3) When Jesus said “You are ignorant of the law” he may have been referring to Deut 24:4 which would clearly make the last of the seven men mentioned in the riddle, the man who would be her husband, since the others “may not take her again to be his wife”.

    3) In 1 Cor 6:16-20 it is mentioned that we are “raised up by his own power” then it says that we should not fornicate because “he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? Know yea not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost”. My point is that once resurrected we are are still effected by our sexual union in our flesh, which brings me to reason number 4.

    4) The 144,000 male virgins that will be set apart unto Christ after the first resurrection are said to be “not defiled with women”, which makes little sense if our bodies are remade with no union with which to be defiled by.

    In closing, There simply isn’t enough solid evidence to support the opinion that our marriage unions are dissolved by God after the resurrection. It is in fact, there is much to suggest that we are still “one flesh” even after the resurrection.

    With great respect I write this note concerning this article. I pray you grow in grace and knowledge of our lord.


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