- Is marriage a covenant? YES
- Can a covenant be cancelled or annulled? NO
- Is there any example in the Bible where a covenant is annulled other than through death? NO
The verses that demonstrate this conclusively are:
1. Marriage is a covenant.
Mal 2:14 NKJV Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant.
Pro 2:17 NKJV Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.
2. Covenants can never be annulled.
Gal 3:15 NKJV Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
It doesn’t get any clearer than Gal 3.15. Note that reference is drawn to a ‘man’s covenant’. The marriage covenant is made with God as a witness and where God does the joining (making one flesh). If a man’s covenant cannot be annulled, how can God’s covenant be annulled?
3. No covenant is annulled in the Bible except through death.
Many people make the mistake of referring to verses that state that the covenant was ‘broken’ by one party. Breaking the terms of a covenant does not make the covenant go away any more than breaking the law makes the law go away. The Old Covenant was often broken by Israel yet the covenant remained intact until Jesus death. Gal 3.15 is clear – “no one annuls of adds to it.”