Endnotes: Chapter 3

  1. J.S. Wright and J.A. Thompson, “Marriage,” The New Bible Dictionary, ed. J.D. Douglas (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1962), 787.
  2. A eunuch is a man who lacks testes, usually due to castration, and is therefore unable to reproduce children. In this quotation, Jesus is using eunuch in a figurative sense to describe men who voluntarily choose to forego marriage and live a celibate life. Craig S. Keener, A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), 472; David L. Turner, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008), 463; Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 645.
  3. And widows and widowers could choose to not marry again (1 Corinthians 7:8,39,40).
  4. Peter actually raised this question (in different terms) later in this chapter (Matthew 19:27). See Luke 18:28-30.
  5. I would not restrict our understanding of this “contribution” to the ministry of overt evangelism (i.e., leading others to faith in Christ). The Great Commission is given to the church as a whole, and every believer who ministers to others in whatever way is contributing to the outreach of the church. Some plant, some water, some bring water to those who are planting and watering, but God gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6).
  6. Timothy and Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (New York: Dutton, 2011), 196.