For the Kingdom of Heaven’s Sake

It finally dawned on me recently the full import of what our Lord meant when He said in Matthew 19:12:  “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.  He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”  Ah, I see it now… Jesus was talking about people like Himself.

Eunuchs were men who had been emasculated; unable to produce children of their own because they could not have sexual relations like other men.  Although some males are born deformed, or else do not have the inclinations of other men, hence being “eunuchs” in a sense, most eunuchs were men of high standing in the courts of kings.  They could obtain access to the king’s family members or his hareem.  To prevent such men from the temptation to “corrupt” the royal seed line, they were operated on as a prevention.  They sacrificed their ability to perform sexually or procreate to keep a job for which the compensation was doubtlessly lucrative in another way.

Jesus was including Himself in this group.  He, too, had the ability and right to marry, to keep a wife, to enjoy a sexual life with her and to procreate.  But He deferred on this, maintaining a life of total abstinence instead.  And He did so “for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.”  The word, “kingdom” also means “rule” or “authority.”  So perhaps it was the Father’s will that He abstain.  Or maybe it was because it was not expedient in God’s scheme of redemption for mankind.  In any event, Jesus kept His virginity until the day He died, by choice, and not for any other reason.

This reinforces my firm belief that Jesus never asks us to do anything He would not do Himself.  If God has commanded  a thing not be done, divorcing and remarrying without God’s approval, or any perversion of marriage or sexual activity, Jesus has shown that we must do as He did:  abstain out of respect for the rule of God’s sake.  It is a choice that  many will not accept, but those who can, like Him, must.

Understanding this concept and believing it would solve a lot of problems, the essence of which is simple:  whatever violates a command of God, no matter how much it means to us, we should defer… just like Jesus did.

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About Danny McCain

I have worked as a Missionary/Evangelist at Green County Church of Christ in Greensburg, Kentucky, since May of 1998. I am married, have two children and two grandchildren. I enjoy old movies, good books, and gardening, but I love preaching, teaching, and learning from the Word of God. I want to use it to serve the Lord and save souls.
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5 Responses to For the Kingdom of Heaven’s Sake

  1. Jim Winner says:

    Wow.

  2. Jen says:

    That was well said!

  3. Jim Winner says:

    On yet another note, but to the same song, Jesus said that there would neither be marriage or giving in marriage in the Kingdome to come.

    He told the apostles that he had much more to say to them, which they were not ready to hear, but that the Holy Spirit would tell them, as well as reminding them of things that He had taught them.

    Then, Paul informs the hearts of those who would accept the challenge to dig deeper than normal, that the joining of Adam and Eve was a kind of foretaste of the joining of Christ and the church… This has been blowing my mind. Whatever we might learn about the church and its relationship with the Christ, will assist our relationships as husbands and wives… and… what we dare to learn on any level about the marriage relationship, will enable us to reflect on the relationship of Christ and the church…

    I told RB, at Sunset, within my first few weeks there, that I thought that there was some sort of strange connect that would help husbands and wives, and Christians in relation to Jesus, if we could only grasp the whole of what is revealed about Adam and Eve, and even others… he dared me to write a book on it! I was just out of diapers… a mere 33 years old. Even now, ready to punch out my 60th birthday, I am still an infant in this mystery! (Eph 5:21-23)

    This is good stuff!

  4. Reblogged this on The Blog of a Bible Student and commented:
    Excellent thoughts. I had never considered that aspect of Christ’s life before with His statement in Matthew 19:12.

  5. And isn’t it interesting that the 144,000 is comprised of those “who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste”.

    Revelation 14:1-5 (RSV)
    Then I looked, and lo, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

    And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpers playing on their harps, and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.

    It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste; it is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are spotless.

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