Definition: "Marriage is a Permanent and Exclusive Voluntary Union of One Man and One Woman."
I. Union. (Genesis 2:23-24) II. Permanent. (Matthew 19:3-6) III. Exclusive. (Deuteronomy 10:20) IV. Voluntary. (1 Corinthians 7:39; Genesis 24:57-58) V. Marriage is between a man and a woman. (Genesis 2:23-25). VI. Marriage has Divinely defined roles for husband and wife.
2. The Purpose of Marriage.
Ultimately to glorify God (1 Corinthian 10:31).
Also specific purposes - summary in Westminster Confession of Faith 24:2.
I. Marriage is for mutual help. (Genesis 2:18) II. Marriage is for procreation. (Genesis 1:28; Malachi 2:14-15) III. Marriage is for "prevention of uncleanness". (1 Corinthians 7:1-9; Hebrews 13:4).
Neil van der Wel studied at the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Victoria, from 1997 to 2001. He was ordained into gospel ministry in 2012 and has been serving the Lord in Reformation Presbyterian Church, Rockhampton since September 2015. He is married and has eight...