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Concerning the Marriage of Priests part 23

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Matthew 19:4–6

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Marriage of Priests 

Christ calls marriage a divine union when he says, “What therefore God has joined together...” (Matt 19:6).

Pulling It Together

Christ himself says here that married people are joined together by God. He is quoting Moses and then adds that it is God who joins them together. This mystical union cannot be created by human action; it is God alone who is able to unite two people as one (cp. Gen 2:24, Mark 10:8-9). Therefore, marriage is a pure and holy estate because it is a work of God.

Prayer: Bless the marriages of all people, Lord. Amen.

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