Endnotes: Epilogue

  1. Read the entire exchange in Matthew 22:23-33.
  2. “Once individuals have received glorified bodies no longer subject to death, the need for procreation, one of the basic purposes for marriage, will no longer exist. Believers…will be like the angels in that regard, for angels do not reproduce themselves.” Louis A. Barbieri, “Matthew,” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, ed. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983), 72.
  3. In retrospect, the temporal limitations of earthly marriage can be recognized in the bonding of the first couple into a one-flesh relationship. “Any union defined in terms of flesh must be acknowledged to be less than ultimate in nature. It extends for the full length of this mortal life, but it cannot transcend this life…Marriage is profound, but not ultimate.” Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996), 23.
  4. Michael J. Wilkins, The NIV Application Commentary: Matthew (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004), 724. D.A. Carson adds this helpful analogy: “as a good mother today loves all her children and is loved by them.” “Matthew,” The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, vol. 8, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984), 462.
  5. Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., “Marriage,” New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000), 657.
  6. Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., “Man and Woman,” New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, 654.
  7. Paul talks about this in Ephesians 5:31-32. I described this idea briefly in chapter 11 on cohabitation.
  8. Shadow-Lands is the term C.S. Lewis coined in his Chronicles of Narnia to refer to the physical world in the present age in contrast to the real world of the new heaven and the new earth. C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1956), 173.
  9. John Piper, This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2009), 106.
  10. If I am wrong in trusting in this promise, then I am wrong in believing that faith in Christ brings eternal life. The two guarantees are tied up together.
  11. Lewis, The Last Battle, 173-74.