>> Thursday, October 22, 2009
Ye also are become dead to 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.
To be honest with you, this verse used to be really confusing to me. What does being dead to the law have to do with getting married? :) I understood that the law is what separates us from Christ, and when we accept the gift of Jesus having died for us, that barrier between us and God becomes nonexistent. The price has been paid. We are no longer separated by the law of God, but rather dead to it. We are now under grace, under a new law of love. But what did Paul mean when he said that now that we're dead to the law, we can "be married to another"? Christians and non-Christians get married whether or not their dead to the law... I was thinking of "another" as meaning one another here on earth-- husband and wife. Especially since he continued by saying, "even to him who is raised from the dead" as though that were in addition to us being married on earth, not as though he was affirming what he just said by saying it more specifically. But then I realized Paul is referring to Jesus Christ and us when he said "be married to another." not men and women on earth! I know, most of you are probably laughing at me for getting a verse like this all confused in my head, especially since you probably didn't think twice about taking it that way, but alas, I'm definitely still learning! :)