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Marriage (Part 2)

Marriage (Part 2) By Don Krow

“What is marriage?” Have you ever thought about that? According to the Bible, it was God’s idea to design marriage. Marriage is a joining together, a oneness, a uniting. Genesis 2:24 says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife [they will be joined, and he will cleave to his wife] and they shall become one flesh” (brackets mine, New International Version). Did you know that marriage is more than a joining, more than oneness? For example, 1 Corinthians 6:15-6 says if I go out, being a Christian, and join myself to a prostitute, I become one flesh with her. Then consider the quotation from Genesis 2:24 about marriage. Joining myself to a prostitute would not automatically make me divorced from my wife or make me married to the prostitute because I had intercourse with her. So what is marriage? If marriage is a oneness, if it’s a joining together, if it’s becoming one flesh, what is the difference between that and going to a prostitute? Obviously, if you went into a prostitute, you would become one flesh with her. To read the full lesson text click here.

To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section. 


​1.  Read Proverbs 18:22. Marriage is...

2.  Read Hebrews 13:4. Sex in marriage (or the marriage bed) is...

3.  Read Ecclesiastes 9:9 (New American Standard Version). A godly marriage is...  

4.  Read 1 John 3:18 (New Century Version). “Judge Phillip Gilliam stated that of the 28,000 juvenile court cases that he judged, the lack of affection between father and mother was the greatest cause of juvenile delinquency that he knew” (Together Forever, p. 152). How are we to show love?

5.  Read Ephesians 5:28. I am not to neglect my wife anymore than...

6.  Read 1 John 3:16. The words “I love you” can be beautiful if they are backed with actions. Jesus backed up His words by laying down His life for us. We ought to...

7.  Read Ephesians 5:25-26. My wife is going to live up to what I speak over her. I bring her to the potential of that which I speak over her True or False?

8.  Read Romans 8:38-39 and 1 John 4:19. We are wooed (or loved) by the intimate words that are spoken to us followed by action. God wooed us by speaking to us intimate words from His love letters, recorded as Scripture - True or False?

9.  Read 1 John 5:3 and 2 John 6. The how-tos of love are expressed and known by Jesus commandments. Can we learn these principles of love from God’s Word? 

10.  Read John 14:15. Love is not a matter of your emotions but of your will. Every command in Scripture is given to man’s will, never to his emotions. Does God tell you how to feel, or how to act?

11.  Read Galatians 5:22-23. Love is not natural. It must be learned and birthed into mankind by the Holy Spirit. Love is...

12.  Read Ephesians 5:31-32. A good marriage is a small scale model of what?


​1.  ...a good thing and pleasing unto the Lord. 

2.  ...undefiled. 

3.  ...a gift and reward to you in this life from the Lord.

4.  By actions and true caring. 

5.  ...I neglect my own body.

6.  ...lay down our lives for our mates in as many practical ways as we possibly can. (Share some practical ways that you would like to be loved.)

7.  True. The Greek word used in Ephesians 5:26 is rhema, meaning “spoken words.” 

8.  True.  God’s Word is full of loving words toward us.

9.  Yes.

10.  How to act?

11.  ...a fruit of God’s Spirit. 

12.  Christ and His church.


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