“It Is Better Not to Marry” (Mt. 19:10-12)?

By Timothy Sparks

Jesus replies to “It is not profitable to marry” (Mt. 19:10). Not everyone can receive Jesus’ difficult teaching about no divorce of a God-joined union (Mt. 19:6-9). Those who contemplate marriage must do so knowing that marriage is for life. Some of the disciples thought it would then be unprofitable to marry. Jesus says there are three categories of those who can abstain from marriage: those born with a physical defect, those castrated unwillingly and those who willingly practice extreme self-control for the kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 19:10-12).

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