Luke 20:35, 36 - Marriage After The Resurrection?

Luke 20:35, 36 - Marriage After The Resurrection?

Luke 20:35, 36 (KJV) But they which shall be accounted worthy to 
obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, 
nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for 
they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being 
the children of the resurrection. 

Luke 20:35, 36 (TNIV) But those who are considered worthy of 
taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead 
will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no 
longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, 
since they are children of the resurrection. 

Luke 20:35, 36 (NASB) but those who are considered worthy to 
attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry 
nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, 
because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the 

Luke 20:35, 36 (AMP) But those who are considered worthy to gain 
that other world and that future age and to attain to the 
resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 For 
they cannot die again, but they are angel-like and equal to angels. 
And being sons of and sharers in the resurrection, they are sons of 

Luke 20:35, 36 (CWR) In heaven and in the earth made new those 
who are resurrected will neither marry nor be given in marriage. 36 
And in that life, people will never die, but will be like the angels 
who live forever. They're God's children because they've been saved 
and raised from the dead.  

Luke 20:35-36 (MSG) but not there. Those who are included in the 
resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage 36 nor, of 
course, with death. They will have better things to think about, if you 
can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. 

CONTEXT: The Resurrection and Marriage: Luke 20:27-40.

APPLICATION COMMENTARY - With Emphasis On Verse 35, 36.

Marriage will not be a part of the age to come. [Nelson SB re 
Luke 20:34, 35] 

Evidently there will be no need for marriage, because a 
different order of life will prevail. [SDA Bible Commentary re Mat. 

In the resurrection state there is no marriage or procreation. 
[Ryrie SB] 

In the new age there will be no marriage, no procreation and no 
death. [NIV SB] 

Marriage is ordained to perpetuate the human family; but as 
there will be no breaches by death in the future state, this ordinance 
will cease.  (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary re Mark 12:25) 

There are men today who express their belief that there will be 
marriages and births in the new earth; but those who believe the 
Scriptures cannot accept such doctrines. The doctrine that children will be 
born in the new earth is not a part of the "sure word of prophecy" (2 
Peter 1:19). The words of Christ are too plain to be misunderstood. 
They should forever settle the question of marriages and births in 
the new earth. Neither those who shall be raised from the dead, nor 
those who shall be translated without seeing death, will marry or be 
given in marriage. They will be as the angels of God, members of the 
royal family.  {1SM 172.3/MM 99.4} 

  Many people are jolted at the prospect of eternal life without 
marriage with their partner on earth and the physical relationship that 
goes along with it because it is one of earth's greatest pleasures. 
At first reading, Jesus seems to imply as much here. 
  At its very best, sexual activity creates a great sense of 
oneness between lovers, a superb moment of intense intimacy, and 
wonderful physical feelings. Lovers wish their excitement would last and 
last, but too quickly life returns to normal. 
  People who ponder eternity (and who doesn't?) are right to 
hope that the freedom, intensity, and intimacy they experience now 
will be transformed, expanded, and made utterly glorious in new life 
with God in heaven, where joys last and last, and never grow old. 
  Christians don't know what God has planned, but they trust in 
his love. The beauty and excitement they feel now is not a trick but 
a foretaste of an even better experience. 
  In the new heaven and new earth, the relationships among all 
Christian brothers and sisters will be so intense, so filled with love, 
that earthly marital bliss will seem shallow by comparison. [Life 
Application Bible Commentary] 

In the resurrection there is no marriage. But this does not mean 
husbands and wives are separated. It simply means that the intimacy we 
experience here on earth is a symbol of a reality we will experience in 
glory. The joy a married couple finds in their union will not be taken 
away, but will be multiplied, as we experience a closeness with others 
that is beyond us here and now. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

  In this world there is marriage, but in the other world there 
will be no marriage. There is a very special and wonderful reason why 
there is no marriage in the other world: love is perfected. Future 
life and relationships will exceed earthly relationships, even the 
bond of marital relationships. The strong union and bond of earthly 
marriage will not be less, it will be greater and stronger in heaven, but 
so will all other relationships. 
  In heaven our relationships will cease to be as they are on 
earth. They will be changed in an absolute sense: selfishness and sin 
will not affect our love and lives. Our love will be perfected; 
therefore, we will love everyone perfectly. A wife on this earth will not 
be loved as she was on this earth--imperfectly. She will be loved 
more, loved perfectly. Everyone will love everyone else perfectly. God 
will change all relationships into perfection, even as the 
relationships between angels and God are perfected. [Preacher's  Outline & 
Sermon Bible] 


Matthew 22:30 (KJV) For in the resurrection they neither marry, 
nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.  

Mark 12:25 (KJV) For when they shall rise from the dead, they 
neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which 
are in heaven.  


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