But why take Ephesians as authoritative? It even was not written by Paul. Ephesians 5:31 does read Genesis 1:24 out of context.
Originally Posted by Richard Amiel McGough
Matthew 19 continues with the statement:
whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.
Statement, not moral judgement.
Like also Matthew 5:32,
But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.And right before that, v.27-28:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.Also statement.
Matthew 19 continues with the disciples' remark:
“If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
Marry , Greek "gameo", has sexual connotation, "gamos"= cohabitation.
Like also in Matthew 22:30,
ἐν γὰρ τῇ ἀναστάσει οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται, ἀλλ' ὡς ἄγγελοι ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ εἰσιν.As resurrected ones they don't have sex.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Matthew 19 continues with:
But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
Matthew 19:29 tells same kind of thing:
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold[c] and will inherit eternal life.
Luke 18:29-30 even inserts "wife"" :
And he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”