Will there be marriage in heaven?

by Matt Slick
9/29/14

Christians who were married here on earth will not be married in heaven. The Bible tells us that marriage is dissolved at death.

  • Romans 7:2-3, "For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man."
  • 1 Corinthians 7:39, "A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord."

Jesus said there is no marriage in heaven. When the Sadducees were trying to stump Jesus about the resurrection, for they denied the resurrection, they proposed an argument about a woman who had seven husbands and then died. They asked Jesus...

 "In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her." 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven," (Matthew 22:28-30).

Someone might point out that there will be no "new" marriage in heaven, based on what Jesus said in Matthew 22:30. Such an argument falls apart when we look at Romans 7:2-3, mentioned above, that clearly says marriage is dissolved at death. Therefore, we can say with confidence that not only is marriage dissolved at death, but there will be no new marriages in heaven among people.

Marriage of the Lamb

There is, however, a marriage ceremony that is to take place in heaven. In Revelation 19:6 there is "the voice of a great multitude," and the next verse says, "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready," (Revelation 19:7). Whether this marriage is a literal marriage, or a ceremony symbolizing the union of the Christian church with Jesus, is debated among Christians. Nevertheless, we can conclude that marriage between men and women ends at their death. So, there is no marriage in heaven unless, of course, Revelation 19 describes the marriage of the bride of Christ with the Lord. The Scriptures teach that the Christian church is the bride of Christ.

  • 2 Corinthians 11:2, "For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin."
  • Revelation 19:7, "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.