The Marriage Analogy

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 7:1-6

Do you not know . . . that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives? (v. 1, NIV)

When my father remarried at age 66 after my mother died, our family was happy for him. He was not dishonoring our mother but was free to remarry. Marriage is for keeps, says the Bible, but only until one of the partners dies.

In Romans 7, Paul is continuing the central thesis begun in chapter 6 that believers need not live under the power of sin. Rather, we are free to serve Christ, because we are “not under law, but under grace” (6:14). To get this message across now, he uses the analogy of marriage, death, and remarriage.

Since we have “died to sin” when we were baptized into Christ’s death (see 6:3-10), we are no longer bound to the sinful nature, whose passions are “aroused by the law” (7:5). Rather, we are free to serve a new partner in love and purity. That is, “we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit” (7:6).

So then, let the Spirit be the driving force of your life in your new “marriage to Jesus.” And stop flirting with the devil; consider yourself dead to him and his influence.


Lord, I want to serve you in faithfulness and love, through the power of your Spirit. Amen.