SECOND MARRIAGE

Rom.7:2-4 – For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries. So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.

I love to read the letters of Paul, he always points us to Christ. In this passage Paul uses the most intimate relationship we can have in this world as humans, the union between a husband and wife. Paul says that that union is spiritual and can only be broken by death. He goes on to say that if someone’s spouse were to die they are free to take another spouse. His point is this, the jewish world was married to the law. In Romans 6 Paul teaches us that believers have been crucified with Christ. That means we are dead. We are dead to sin and dead to the law. What is the result? We are free to be remarried. Our new spouse is Christ Jesus Himself. Here is how Adam Clarke describes this.

“As Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth, the object of God in giving the law was to unite you to Christ; and, as he has died, he has not only abolished that law which condemns every transgressor to death, without any hope of a revival, but he has also made that atonement for sin, by his own death, which is represented in the sacrifices prescribed by the law. And as Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, he has thereby given the fullest proof that by his death he has procured the resurrection of mankind, and made that atonement required by the law. That we should bring forth fruit unto God—.”

This points us to the greatest privilege we can imagine, we have become the Bride of Christ. We who were once part of a fallen race, captivated by sin and dishonoring the Lord with our every breath, are now spotless and pure; we are clothed in the wedding garments of the Lamb of God. Rather than dishonoring God with our lives we are now a joyful display of His glorious grace. Let the Marriage Supper of the Lamb begin!!!

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