Bound to the law for life
“For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14, NET. What did the Apostle Paul mean by “you are not under law but under grace”? Paul knew that this statement would cause much difficulty in the minds of readers and that he would be rebuked for a long time after him because of this statement. Because of this anticipation, Paul wrote the chapter seven of Romans to explain what he meant by the above statement. Paul, in chapter seven of Romans, employs the marriage between the man and the woman to illustrate the above statement. He applies the requirement by the law concerning the marriage between the man and the woman. So, let us start with Romans 7:1 – 3.
“Or do you not know, brothern (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives.” Romans 7:1, NKJV. Therefore, the law has full jurisdiction over the fallen humankind as long as it lives. Paul continues: “For the married woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she imarries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.” Romans 7:2, 3, NKJV.
Let us consider a situation where the woman (wife) does a wrong which her husband strictly disapproves; and because of it, her husband no longer loves her but condemns her to eternal death. The wife, because there is no possibility of divorce, would remain under condemnation for her entire life. But if the wife were to find another man who loves her as she is, and wants to marry her; could she marry the new man she met? Also, if the husband cannot die what options would the wife have? Therefore, according to the law concerning the marriage, there is no option at all. What is then the only solution to this impossible predicament? The answer will appear in the next Blog.