Examine the foundation of union with Christ’s death and resurrection as a source of salvation. Explain the idea that as ordinary death alters legal relationships, death in Christ alters the believer’s legal obligations. The penalty that the law exacts is death, but those who have died through union with Christ have already suffered this penalty; the law has no authority to condemn them further. Discuss the law of marriage— when one partner dies, the law governing the relationship ceases to apply, and remarriage is not sin. Convey that believers rose to new life through union with Christ in the resurrection, and are free to belong to Christ for the purpose of bearing fruit to God. Illustrate that the old Adamic marriage to the law ceased to exist; believers are no longer under law, but are released from it. Describe the new marriage, an entry in to a new life dominated by the Holy Spirit, who gives new power to fulfill the holy laws of God.
A man married to his wife is a legal transaction. He has a marriage license that meets all legal conditions and satisfies the law of the land. He get a certain kind of comfort knowing that they were married legally and that no one can bring a charge against them. But while all of this is true, necessary and good, if it was all there was to his marriage he would be very unhappy. A paper certificate cannot show him affection, speak to him, embrace him, or have fellowship with him. By that transaction, he was brought into union with a person, without the marriage license he wouldn’t be married, but he didn’t marry the license.
God used the marriage union to teach us something about the relationship of his elect to Christ. In our union with Christ there is a legal satisfaction of all that would hinder us from being joined to the family of the holy God. We are naturally part of Adam’s family and under the curse of the law for having broken it. Apostle Paul said, “wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the 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” (Romans 7:4).
Milton James Fletcher is an ordained minister. His credentials are Doctor of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Christian Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary. Milton & his wife, Ruby loves the Lord.