Will we be married in Heaven?
Most people get married at some time during their life. What happens when married people die? Are they still married? Some Sadducees once asked Jesus that question.
The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. So too the second and third, down to the seventh. After them all, the woman died. In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” (Matthew 22:23-30)
It is clear that the marriages we enter into on earth will no longer exist in Heaven but the Bible speaks of a different kind of marriage that will exist there.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come. (Revelation 19:7)
Of course the Lamb is Jesus Christ but who is he marrying? In the Bible the church is called the bride of Christ and the relationship between them is used as a pattern for how a husband and wife are to treat each other.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:22-32)
The Law of Moses included many ceremonial laws which were intended to teach the people truths that would be fully revealed when Christ was incarnated. Here is what the Bible says about those laws.
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. (Colossians 2:16 17)
The kind of marriage we know today is a shadow of what lies ahead for us; when we experience the substance we will have no further need of it. The fact that marriage is a picture of our relationship with Christ explains why God has forbidden divorce. Our union with Christ is eternal.
A lot of people think being married is essential to their having a happy life and put a great deal of effort into finding a mate. If you are a Christian you are assured of being part of a happy marriage and you will find it won’t matter whether you were married in this life. Instead of seeking a spouse it would be better to prepare yourself for the real Marriage.
His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. (Revelation 19:8)
If you are serving God faithfully and he wants you to marry in this life he will bring you in contact with the person he has chosen of you; if he wants you to remain single then you will be better off if you submit to his will.