1. Hebrews was written to encourage the Lord’s people to remain faithful to Him. 2. Ch.13 contains a number of instructions that promote faithfulness. a. (vs.1-3) We must fulfill our responsibilities toward others. b. (vs.4) Faithfulness in marriage relations must be maintained.
I. MARRIAGE IS HONORABLE IN ALL
A. This literally means: "marriage is to be held in honor in all." B. Marriage is to be held in honor because God is the author of it (Genesis 2:18-24). C. In order for a marriage to be held in honor, both spouses must fulfill their God-given responsibilities. 1. Wives (Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1-6) 2. Husbands (Ephesians 5:25-28; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7)
II. THE MARRIAGE BED IS TO BE UNDEFILED
A. God made us in such a way that we have physical desires and needs. B. God has given us a way in which we can fulfill our desires and needs - in marriage. 1. Genesis 2:24 2. Proverbs 5:18-19 3. 1 Corinthians 7:1-5 C. God approves of physical intimacy within the marriage relationship; however, . . .
III. GOD WILL JUDGE THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY OF IMMORAL BEHAVIOR
A. God does not approve of certain types of sexual activity. B. The Bible condemns adultery and fornication. 1. 1 Corinthians 5 2. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 18-20 3. Galatians 5:19-21 4. Colossians 3:5-6 5. Revelation 21:8 6. Revelation 22:14-15
We learn from this passage that faithfulness to Christ includes faithfulness in marriage.