“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:1-4)
Today’s Morsel: Marriage vows are important to God. And Paul uses this analogy to show how the law works. He said that as long as a married couple is alive they are bound by the laws of their marriage vows. But if one of them dies, they are not. It takes two to tango. When we die, Paul said, we are not bound by the law. When we see our sin and repent of our sins, we die to the wrongs of those sins and this world, and we no longer need a rule book to tell us right from wrong because we are dead. Because we are dead, doing wrong should no longer be in our life. We now live the rest of our life unto Christ.
Sing: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple, more to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb.
Thought For Today: Dead people don’t do wrong (Parker)