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Is divorce washed away in the blood?

Submitted: 6/28/2006
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Question: Praise Jesus, could you help me get some clarity between a few scriptures? When a person is unsaved and they have been married and divorced more than once, then God saves them and they get married to another equally yoked person, which scripture is applicable? The scripture that says you are an adulturer because you've been married more than once or the scripture that says behold you are a new creature in Christ Jesus all things have passed away. Are you still bond to the first spouse or is your marriage to the new saved spouse acceptable in God's eye? When God says behold all things are new once you get saved, are all past marriages included? What is biblically right in this matter? God speed.

Answer: We believe that when a person repents and is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, all past sins are washed away by the power of the blood of Jesus. And this includes the sin of divorce. Upon proper baptism there is no longer a ground for condemnation. We would therefore say that when the Bible says that all things become new to those in Christ Jesus, that's exactly what it means: ALL THINGS. This is not to say that it would never be appropriate to make some effort at reconciliation. But many times this is not possible due to the disinterest or remarriage of the divorced partner.