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What is your understanding of this verse? "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." ROMANS 7:3

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The verse is self explanatory. It is straight truth.
---Wal_Rev on 10/22/08


ASHLEY note the word of God which says [EXCEPT] no other exception to marry another!

Mat 19:9
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Gal 5:19
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these], Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

1Cr 6:9

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
---Carla3939 on 10/20/08


1Cr 7:11
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to [her] husband: and let not the husband put away [his] wife.

1Cr 7:13
And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.1Cr 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth, but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will, only in the Lord.

1Cr 7:40
But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
---Carla3939 on 10/20/08


Sometimes one verse alone is not sufficient. I would take this verse (Romans 7:3) along with 1 Corinthians 7:15 and Matthew 19:9 to get a clearer picture of what the bible says on the subject of remarriage after divorce.
---M.P. on 10/18/08


Ashley I agree with you. I lived through the abuse for many years and prayed GOd would change my husband,but all the while he was changing me also. We have seperated and are getting a divorce but not after much prayer and fasting. I had never considered him as spiritually dead. That is so sad. Thankyou for your revelation that has helped me alot. thankyou and God bless you.
---Melissa on 6/6/07




I would add to M.P.'s post and refer folks to 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 - this refers to single (never married) women and widows whose husbands have died, not to divorced women.

See also 1 Timothy 5:9-11, note especially verse 11 on younger widows. Again, this does not refer to divorced women but to women whose husbands have literally died.
---lorra8574 on 6/6/07


I would also like to point out that I am not judging those who have remarried after divorce. I do not know the circumstances involved in many cases and I leave that to God and His mercy.

I merely wish to point out what the Bible actually says so that people may in the future take more care when they decide to marry, and I do not wish to lead anyone into Hell by giving false advice.
---lorra8574 on 6/6/07


Ezekiel 3:17-21 is why I do what I do. I founding nothing in the NT to dismiss this passage, or my obligation to my fellow man.
---lorra8574 on 6/6/07


What it means is that widows are free to remarry. Paul writes elsewhere that young widows should not enter into service that would not permit remarriage because their youth may give rise to passion and they should be free to marry again. He never once mentioned that spouses of sinners were free to divorce and remarry. He did state that if a woman left her husband, she could not remarry except to that husband.
---lorra8574 on 6/6/07


I was sitting here and the Holy Ghost put an interesting thought into my mind. If your spouse abuses you mentally, physically, spiritually and you are dragged down into the depths of hell and anguish, is the person doing that to you not spiritually dead in the sight of God. Others commit adultery or live their lives in open rebellion against God. You are free to divorce them and marry again, because one or both are spiritually dead at that moment in time. The abuser does not love God at all to do that.
---ashley on 6/6/07




2-We never know if many years in the future one or both might repent, but God knows our hearts at that moment. To deny yourself happiness and remain trapped in an evil environment is not ordained of God. He knows his sheep and they Know his voice. Many are free to remarry through spiritual death as well as physical death. That is what is meant in the bible. It is so ironic that many believe in the mortal sense but ignor the spiritual sense of death.
---ashley on 6/6/07


That is a very touchy and delicate subject mimi; Some say is she was not a Christian when 1st married she is not held by that being in ignorance of the Word. Some say it applies to everyone no matter whatyour spiritual standing is.It is a matter of prayer I believe; if God is in you and you both feel lead and there is no conviction on eithet one's part, do as you feel lead.It is not specific like the O.T. when it was granted because of adultery and their hardness of heart.
---rober9463 on 6/5/07


Is Paul not simply saying "When the Law talks about it being adultery if you marry a second man, the prohibition does not apply if you husband has died"?
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/13/06


From what I understand, Paul is not saying we don't have to abide by the law anymore, but rather we don't have to do it in our own strength, for it is impossible anyways, and leads to sin, which leads to death. Rather we have been set free from this bondage of death in Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has empowered us to live righteously. It's much too detailed to say in one blog. I would encourage you to read Chapters 6 & 7 for the fullness of what Paul is saying.
---Katie on 8/11/06


Paul is talking about dying to the old self, and no longer being a slave to sin, but to God. He uses this verse has an example of how the law has authority over a man as long as he lives. He ties those two thoughts together at the end when he says, "So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God."
---Katie on 8/11/06


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