A Study of Matthew 19:10-12
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with [his] wife, it is not good to marry.
But he said unto them, All [men] cannot receive this saying, save [they] to whom it is given.
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from [their] mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive [it], let him receive [it].
Those who have received the Spirit of God receive His sayings and are sold out to service to Him. The following passage indicate that God, by His spirit, has given the true believer the ability to “hear” (which means to obey) His voice. The believer must turn from his/her way. God, by His Spirit, has made “the way” for this to occur:
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
The child of God once turned from his/her way will follow His Lord’s way:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (see Luke 16:16 above)
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
As is the case with all those that are not His, the unregenerate do not understand the intent of God’s word and neither do they want to. Christ was speaking this parable to a group of Pharisees and a man who He had given sight to (chapter 9). The man who had been healed, symbolic of being born again, believed Christ’s words (understood) and worshipped Him. On the other hand the Pharisees believed Him not (understood not).
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.
“What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6). Christ’s statement to the Pharisees was final and to the point.
Because Jesus Christ is God there can be no overturning of his pronouncement on this subject. God does not sanction divorce.
The symbolism that marriage presents to the true believer is so beautiful. His betrothed bride (the true church) was found (by His word – by the law is the knowledge of sin [Romans 3:20]) not to be a virgin. Yet He forgave her and became intimate with her (became like her [a human being] and paid for her sins [Hebrews 2:14-17]) and will be intimately one with her (be like him [1 john 3:2]), after judgement day. After the wedding feast He will take her to her new home (the new heaven and the new earth [2 Peter 3:13]. There will be no sin there to ever break the relationship between Christ and His bride and truly what God has joined together no man will put asunder in eternity.
Men and women cannot put asunder what God has joined together and if this has occurred re-marriage should never be considered.
By R. Dean