Did the apostle Paul teach on marriage? I was reading a paper by Pastor Steve Weaver,* about Paul and I could see that the author was putting his own thoughts into his discussion about Paul. I guess we all do that. In fact, we have put many words into the apostle Paul’s mouth that he didn’t mean. For instance, he remarks about Paul’s teaching on marriage. He uses Romans 7:1-3 as an example and says this teaches that marriage is a commitment for life.
Sorry, Pastor Steve Weaver,* you’ve got it wrong. Paul is not teaching on marriage in this scripture. He is telling them they can find a new law in Jesus Christ, and uses the illustration of a marriage to make it clear.
That is what Paul does in every instance. He is not teaching about marriage. The people he spoke to already knew about marriage.
Paul is simply using the marriage laws that they all understood, to explain how they can find a new love (Christ their savior).
Romans 7:1-6: Do you not know, brothers – for I am speaking to men who know the law – that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage.
Paul is trying to help people understand that they can accept Jesus, who has come to replace the law which Paul says is now dead. This was hard for these people. He made the case, using their marriage laws, to show how they could live with the law, until that law is dead, and then you can choose another law, which Paul says is Jesus Christ.
He says this:
- In marriage a woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive.
- If the husband dies she is no longer bound to him
- If she chooses a new husband before the old husband dies, she is in sin
- If she chooses a new husband after the old husband dies, she is not sinning.
To mean this:
- You obeyed the old law until it died with the coming of Jesus Christ.
- If you had found a new law that replaced the old law, before Christ, you would be in sin.
- Since the old law is dead, you can find (marry) a new law which is Christ (verse 4)
Paul teaches on Christ, not on marriage.
Note from Shirley: After I read this over, I realized that this post does not have anything to do with Equality. But almost everything can lead to EQUALITY, I knew that I had to write a Part 2, so tune in Monday for Part 2, and see how this ties in to Equality.