In this passage Paul is speaking to the Jews who know the Law (of Moses) very well. It’s almost like “mission impossible” to ask a Jew to be released from the Law and turn to Jesus Christ without changing their thinking. Paul knew it very well and tried to break through this deep-rooted concept inside the Jewish mindset. So, Paul makes an example by using the rule of marriage and remarriage which is familiar to all to explain how to live for Jesus Christ “legally”.
Just like if a woman’s husband died, then, she can remarry to another legally. In the same way, if a person died to the Law through the body of Christ, then he/she can live for Jesus Christ justly and serve Him in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
The challenge of this passage to me is: How many times, have I “Lived
to the law but been Dead to Jesus Christ”.
Dear Lord, help me to remember that I am DEAD to the law, and I won’t give my body to sin as the instrument of wrong doing, but the instrument of righteousness to God. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu