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    May122014

    Dealing with Jesus’ Wife

    Have you considered the different attacks that take place on scripture?  I mean, really, there are quite a few.  There is the attack of errors existing in the Bible or the need to reinterpret texts to fit our bias or even the attack that the Bible left something out that is important.  I want to briefly focus on that last point, which I will simply call “Biblical omissions.” 

    Biblical omissions are major ways that people try to discredit the Bible.  They claim that there are other gospels and epistles that were blatantly left out by the early church because it disagreed with their view of Jesus.  As Christians, we should readily admit that there were other gospels and epistles left out of the canon but it is not because they would have destroyed the faith.  The truth is, they did not pass the test of being the special revelation of God.  Honestly, they were forgeries with the intent of changing the true teachings of Christ.  One of these that has come to light in recent days is dealing with the supposed marriage of Jesus.

    In September 2012, an announced discovery was made called “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”  This was supposed to be the straw that breaks the Christians back.  If Jesus had a wife, that would change the face of Christianity forever!  Well, long story short, they are figuring out that this supposed gospel is a fake.  What I find fascinating is that these findings are being published in secular sources.  Here is a link to the article that was on Yahoo! News on May 6, 2014: http://news.yahoo.com/gospel-jesuss-wife-looks-more-more-fake-113900114.html.  One of the questions that is raised, by Christians and non-Christians, concerning this issue is, “Marriage is a beautiful union that God intended from the beginning of His creation for one man and one woman for life (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). So why would it be a bad thing if Jesus was married?”

    Well, there are a few points that can be made.  First, Jesus is God in the flesh (John 1:14); therefore, He is sinless and would not need/desire a marriage relationship with a sinful woman.  If He did, why would He send Adam and Eve out of the Garden (Genesis 3:24)? 

    Second, Jesus is already engaged and, therefore, could not give Himself to a woman while on this earth. The husband and wife relationship in Ephesians 5:25-27 is compared to the relationship of Christ and the Church. Why? Simply because the Church is the bride of Christ. Paul mentions that the church in Corinth was betrothed to Christ in 2 Corinthians 11:2. We are also told that Jesus is going to present the Church to Himself (Ephesians 5:27), which is going to take place in the last days at the marriage of the Lamb to His bride (Revelation 19:7-8; 21:9). Therefore, I would say that Jesus is already engaged and it would have been an act of unfaithfulness had He taken a wife.

    A couple arguments could be made from 1 Corinthians 7. First, why doesn’t Paul point to the example of Jesus and His wife as to what a marriage should be?  Christ is the example we ought to follow because He lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5). Therefore, the argument could be made that He would have had a perfect marriage, one that we should seek to emulate. Second, Paul advocates that people remain single for the purpose of serving the Lord (v. 32-35). Jesus certainly had the purpose of serving the Lord in ministry and might have sought to be single because of it.

    This is not an exhaustive dealing with this topic but I hope these thoughts help you deal with this issue in your conversations.  Keep preparing yourself to provide an answer for those who ask (1 Peter 3:15).

     

    Serving the Risen Christ,

    Ken 

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