Romans 7:2-3 – Bound Is Why

We’ve mentioned in past messages texts like Luke 16:18 which reads, “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband comitteth adultery.” Notice the verse calls second marriages adulterous. Someone might ask, how can it be adultery if the couple is married?

Romans 7:2-3 tells us why. It says, “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.”

So the reason a man commits adultery if he divorces his wife (for any reason other than fornication, Matthew 19:9a) and remarries, is because he is still bound (obligated) to that first wife. And he remains bound until she dies. God expects him to fulfill his vows!

Now ask yourself this important question: if the second marriage is adulterous, what would God require of that couple if they want to repent of that adultery? Wouldn’t repenting of adultery require ceasing the adultery, that is, terminating the marriage?

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One Response to “Romans 7:2-3 – Bound Is Why”

  1. Theology, Life, and Coffee Says:

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