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Six Purposes Of Marriage

1. Companionship

True companionship grows out of a oneness of spirit.  "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3).

Amos 3:3
3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

2. Enjoyment

The principle behind enjoyment is self-control.  "Marriage is honouable [of great worth] in all, and the bed [should be kept] undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God shall judge" (Hebrews 13:4).

Heb 13:4
4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

3. Completeness

God designed Eve to complete that which was lacking in Adams' life.  "And Adam said . . . she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.

Gen 2:23
23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

4. Fruitfulness

Gods first command in Scripture is ". . . Be fruitful [Hebrew parrah make increase after your kind], and [Hebrew rabah increase increase with exceeding abundance of children], and replenish the earth [Hebrew male, fill up the world to overflowing] . . ." (Genesis 1:28).

Gen 1:28
28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The command was repeated in Genesis 9:1 and explained in I Peter 3:7, " . . . as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."

1Pe 3:7
7  Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

5. Protection

The husband is to protet the wife by laying down his life for her.  Ephesians 5:25.  The wife is to protect the home.  (See Titus 2:4 - 5).  Parents at to protect their children to raise up a Godly seed.  (See Malachi 2:15; Psalms 112:1 - 2).

Eph 5:25
25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Tit 2:4-5
4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Mal 2:15
15  And did not he make one?  Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one?  That he might seek a godly seed.  Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

Psa 112:1
1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

6. Typify Christ and the Church

Marriage is to be a human object lesson of pf the devine relationship between Christ and the believers.  (Ephesians 5:31 - 33).

Eph 5:31-33
31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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