Sex was created to be a unique experience to bind husband and wife together in what the Bible calls a one flesh unity. Since God invented sex, He gets to set the parameters for its use, and He makes those parameters very clear throughout Scripture. Sex was designed for marriage. Period. Any sex outside those boundaries is sin. And despite what current culture wants us to believe, marital sex is between a man and a woman, not two men or two women. Simple biology makes it obvious that male and female bodies were designed to fit together in a way that same-sex physiology cannot. God knows what He is doing. So let’s investigate what the Bible has to say about marital sex.
First of all, marital sex is to be the consummation of a lifetime commitment made by two people. In ancient times and in several different cultures, wedding celebrations often included a “bedding ceremony,” in which the bride and groom retreated to the bedchamber to consummate their marriage. They would return to the party afterwards, and the celebration with friends and family would go on. The marriage was not considered complete until the bride and groom experienced sexual intimacy. While that may seem a bit crass according to our modern standards, it does illustrate the value that many cultures traditionally placed on virginity and marital sex.
Because the sexual drive is so powerful, the Bible encourages marriage in order to avoid sexual immorality. Marital sex is to be mutual and frequent so that husband and wife are not tempted to commit adultery. The bodies of a husband and wife belong to each other.
Marriage was designed by God as a picture of the covenant relationship He wants with us. God places great importance on human sexuality because marital sex is the most intimate relationship two human beings can have. It is also a picture of the intimacy God created us to enjoy with Him. Marital sex is the only sexual expression approved by our Creator. It should be treated as a sacred gift and enjoyed by husband and wife!
What is your attitude and believe about sexual relations outside of marriage? Do your beliefs align with God’s? Spend some time challenging yourself as you look into the Word today!