33Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.” 34Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. [simple_tooltip content=’27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,

28 saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children.

30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.

31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died.

32 Last of all the woman died also.

33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.”

34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.

35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;

36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’

38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”

40 But after that they dared not question Him anymore.’](Luke 20:27-40)[/simple_tooltip]


It is doubtful that the situation the Sadducees related ever took place. It is more probable they were stating a hypothetical case to discredit the resurrection, which they did not believe was scriptural. If you accept their basic supposition (marriage continues in heaven), then their reasoning was correct. It would not be possible to administer marriage in heaven after having multiple mates on earth. Their reasoning wasn’t flawed, but the facts their reasoning was based on were not scriptural.

The Bible speaks of two becoming “one flesh” in marriage, and angels are not flesh. Paul said, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” [simple_tooltip content=’Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.’](1 Cor. 15:50)[/simple_tooltip]. Therefore, marriage is an earthly institution limited to flesh and blood mortals and will not exist in heaven. Marriage, as is death, is temporary for mortals while they are on earth. This is why a person whose mate has died is free to remarry. Marriage pertains only to this life.

That is not to say that a couple who have loved each other deeply here on earth will love each other less in heaven. They will love each other infinitely more, but it will be God’s agape love, not human romantic love, and it will not be limited to just one person. We can be sure heaven will surpass any expectations we may have so that no one will be disappointed!

Today, many people use logical reasoning to try to discredit certain doctrines of God’s Word, but Jesus said they are in error because they do not know the Scriptures [simple_tooltip content=’Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?’](Mark 12:24)[/simple_tooltip]. Only reasoning based on Scripture has any merit. When you decide what you believe concerning any doctrine of the church, make sure you know what the Bible really says about it. Then you will be standing on a firm foundation for your life.