1 corinthians 7 commentary

Also, because of this distress, a married man should also remain as he is. attitude will also not indulge the feelings and things of this world. Significantly, Paul regards both marriage and singleness as gifts from God. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his w… As the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. This is a beautiful assurance that the children of a Christian parent are saved, at least until they come to an age of personal accountability (which may differ for each child). : It might be easy to think that self-control is expressed by. God can use us right where we are, and we should not be so quick to change our station in life. If you were not circumcised when you became a Christian, fine also. 3, 4. burn--with the secret flame of lust, which lays waste the whole inner man. Every man should abide in his vocation, 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. But if the unbelieving spouse refuses to be married, then the marriage can be broken; but this isn’t to be initiated or sought by the believer. And so I ordain in all the churches. This connects with the two specific grounds under which God will recognize a divorce: when there is sexual immorality (Matthew 19:3-9) and when a believing partner is deserted by an unbelieving spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15). Instead, they should regard their present unmarried state (whether it is temporary or permanent) as a special opportunity to please God. Weeping, rejoicing, and having possessions must not get in the way of following hard after Jesus. iii. 29. this I say--A summing up of the whole, wherein he draws the practical inference from what precedes ( 1 Corinthians 15:50 ). 1 Corinthians 7:5. So, if Jesus did not speak on this specific point, Jesus’ inspired apostle will! not . Jesus said the one who divorces for invalid reasons, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery (Matthew 19:9). Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Better still it would be not to enter into such unequal alliances at all ( 1 Corinthians 7:40 , 2 Corinthians 6:14 ). Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well. It doesn’t matter nearly as much whether you are married, single, divorced, or remarried; what matters more is an on-fire walk with Jesus right now. the present distress--the distresses to which believers were then beginning to be subjected, making the married state less desirable than the single; and which would prevail throughout the world before the destruction of Jerusalem, according to Christ's prophecy ( Matthew 24:8-21 ; compare Acts 11:28 ). . ii. What is the advantage in remaining married? need so require--if the exigencies of the case require it; namely, regard to the feelings and welfare of his daughter. He who is married cares about the things of the world; how he may please his wife, : Paul does not say this to condemn the married person; in fact, Paul is saying this is how it, , and something is wrong if a married woman does not care about, Not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, Again, Paul’s reason for explaining these things is not to. . Instead, the unmarried state can be superior because it offers a person (if they are so gifted) more opportunity to serve God. 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. But we know that it was likely he was married before, and we know he was not married when writing this letter, and the Book of Acts never shows Paul’s wife. (10-11) Divorce and separation for Christian couples. What matters is serving the Lord where we are at right now. 28. trouble in the flesh--Those who marry, he says, shall incur "trouble in the flesh" (that is, in their outward state, by reason of the present distress), not sin, which is the trouble of the spirit. “Among the Jews marriage was not held a thing indifferent, or at their own liberty to choose or refuse, but a binding command.” (Trapp) Clarke quotes from an ancient Jewish writing known as the Gemara: “It is forbidden a man to be without a wife; because it is written, It is not good for man to be alone. If the unbelieving spouse should depart, the Christian. e. If she does depart: A Christian couple may in fact separate for reasons that do not justify a Biblical divorce. (32-35) The unmarried have the opportunity to serve and please God with less distraction. This is a clue that Paul may not have been conscious of the degree of inspiration he worked under as he wrote 1 Corinthians and perhaps other letters. Though Paul preferred the unmarried state for himself, he doesn’t want anyone to think that being married was less spiritual, or more spiritual. Paul inculcates not so much the outward denial of earthly things, as the inward spirit whereby the married and the rich, as well as the unmarried and the poor, would be ready to sacrifice all for Christ's sake. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. If the children of non-Christian parents are saved, and do go to heaven – even some of them – it is important to understand that it is not because they are, But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart. i. A businessman driving to the airport takes his eyes off the road for just a moment to dial a number on his mobile phone or to change the tape in his stereo, and fails to observe a stalled car directly in his path. Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: Concerning the things of which you wrote to me. Was anyone called while circumcised? 1. b. We can seek God’s best and be used by Him right where we are. The time is short: Some criticize Paul, or even declare him a false prophet, because he says the time is short. One of the great heathen complaints against the early Christians was that Christianity broke up families. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. How could Paul claim it as a benefit for a Christian parent to be in the home, if the same benefit automatically applies to the children of non-Christians also? When Paul writes his own gift, he uses the same word for spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12. Let him do what he wishes. Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 (Read 1 Corinthians 7:10-16) Man and wife must not separate for any other cause than what Christ allows. Let him not be circumcised. : The Corinthian Christians wondered if it might be, Even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, : Paul, in addressing a marriage where both partners are Christians, says that they should not – indeed, can not – break up the marriage in a misguided search for higher spirituality. having no necessity--arising from the natural inclinations of the daughter. 2. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? : A slave can please God as a slave. Paul’s understanding that the unmarried state can be a gift is especially striking when we consider the Jewish background of Paul himself and the early church. to the marriage covenant. 27. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. careth--if he uses aright the advantages of his condition. Essentially, Paul wants the widow not to remarry without carefully considering that God might be calling her to celibacy. let not . “Some Jews, for fear of Antiochus, made themselves uncircumcised, 1 Maccab. It simply means that they are, Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy, : Not only does the presence of a believing spouse do good for the unbelieving spouse, it also does good for the children – and great good, because it can be said, ii. i. Jesus … The affection due her is an important phrase. It may be because of a misguided sense of spirituality, it may be because of general unhappiness, or conflict, or abuse, or misery, addiction, or poverty. b. I have no commandment from the Lord — yet I give judgment: Again, we are not to think Paul is any less inspired here, but because he deals with life-situations that differ from person to person, he cannot, and will not, give a commandment. a. ii. ii. b. 6. by permission . It is folly for believers to act as though its values were permanent.” (Morris). And whosoever gives not himself to generation and multiplying is all one with a murderer: he is as though he diminished from the image of God.”. ii. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:17–24. fashion--the present fleeting form. Just as importantly, Jesus never commands divorce in the case of sexual immorality. These problems may – perhaps – justify a separation (depart), but the partners are expected to honor their marriage vows even in their separation, because as far as God is concerned, they are still married – their marriage covenant has not been broken for what God considers to be Biblical reasons. This was the big error of the Corinthian Christians. But a Christian widow, like any Christian, is really only free to remarry another Christian (only in the Lord). In fact, harm can come when they deprive one another, as they open the door to the tempter (so that Satan does not tempt you). This clause, "with God," limits the similar precept in 1 Corinthians 7:20 . REPLY TO THEIR INQUIRIES AS TO MARRIAGE; THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE IN OTHER THINGS IS, ABIDE IN YOUR STATION, FOR THE TIME IS SHORT. Paul felt (especially for himself) that the greater advantages were found in being single, yet he knows that. The meaning of "abusing" here is, not so much perverting, as using it to the full [BENGEL]. . Were you called while a slave? Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband, : In light of the danger of sexual immorality (ever present in the Corinthian culture and our own), it is appropriate for husband and wife to, i. Paul is not commanding the Corinthian Christians to, Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. ÷1 CORINTHIANS 7:1-7. 25. no commandment of the Lord: yet . i. In 1 Cor. Do not seek a wife. This advice (if this translation be right) is not absolute, as the spirit of the Gospel is against slavery. this--namely, "for a man so to be," that is, in the same state in which he is ( 1 Corinthians 7:27 ). 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Thoughts on the Application of 1 Corinthians 7:3–5. ii. Circumcision was a commandment of God: but not for ever, as "love.". Compare Psalms 39:6 , "vain show"; Psalms 73:20 , "a dream"; James 4:14 , "a vapor." He does not sin; let them marry. be reconciled--by appeasing her husband's displeasure, and recovering his good will. Sorrow may become a distraction. (12-16) Divorce and remarriage when a Christian is married to an unbelieving spouse. . Roman Catholics insist on celibacy for all of their clergy, even if they are not gifted to be so. 18. not become uncircumcised--by surgical operation (1 Maccabees 1:15; JOSEPHUS [Antiquities, 12.5.1]). power over his . he will hereafter understand his claim, and be capable of employing his wealth: he will then, moreover, become responsible for the use he makes of it [ARCHBISHOP WHATELY]. Many a Christian man has been grieved to find that his lust for other women did not magically “go away” when he got married. I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is: Are you bound to a wife? This means they are, in fact, free to remarry because God has recognized their divorce as a valid divorce. "Only." As the Lord has called you, walk in that place right now. Unmarried men were often considered excluded from heaven and not real men at all. Also, by Paul’s own words, it is likely that Paul was a member of the Sanhedrin. Also, because of this, iii. He isn’t putting a leash on anyone; he merely shares from his own heart and experience. Jun 14, 1981. wife--In Matthew 5:32 the only exception allowed is, "saving for the cause of fornication.". How could Paul claim it as a, – clearly giving the sense that apart from the presence of a Christian parent, the child is not regarded as, iii. In ordinary cases he writes on inspired apostolic authority ( 1 Corinthians 14:37 ); but here on the direct authority of the Lord Himself ( mark 10:11 mark 10:12 ). b. the time--the season (so the Greek) of this present dispensation up to the coming of the Lord ( Romans 13:11 ). Was anyone called while circumcised? But I want you to be without care. A paradox. Jun 14, 1981. . This is a beautiful assurance that the children of a Christian parent are saved, at least until they come to an age of personal accountability (which may differ for each child). 2. cast a snare upon you--image from throwing a noose over an animal in hunting. decreed--determined. Paul’s point isn’t really about circumcision; that is just an example. ii. Again, Paul will affirm celibacy, but not because sex itself is evil (as some of the Corinthian Christians thought). Since Paul meant this to apply to every Christian marriage, it shows that, . Salem Media Group. ii. A godly sexual relationship within the covenant of marriage is God’s plan for meeting our sexual needs. He will deal with other situations in following verses. short--literally, "contracted." “Certainly,” thought the Corinthians, “God can’t be glorified if I’m married to an unbeliever; for the sake of spirituality, I should divorce them.” To these, Paul says, For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, : Why should a Christian try to keep their marriage to a non-Christian together? 3. . i. Paul is not commanding the Corinthian Christians to get married (an issue he deals with later in the chapter), but a command to live as a married person, especially in the sexual sense. i. Except for sexual immorality (as Jesus described in Matthew 19:3-9), two Christians never have a valid reason for. The heavenly calling does not set aside our earthly callings. Love makes Christ's service perfect freedom ( Matthew 11:29 Matthew 11:30 , Galatians 5:13 , 1 Peter 2:16 ). This was the main reason Paul considered the unmarried state preferable for himself. I have no commandment from the Lord — yet I give judgment, : Again, we are not to think Paul is any less inspired here, but because he deals with life-situations that differ from person to person, he cannot, and will not, give a. . Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. due benevolence--The oldest manuscripts read simply, "her due"; that is, the conjugal cohabitation due by the marriage contract (compare 1 Corinthians 7:4 ). Here he recognizes the benefit of being single, which he will speak more of later in the letter. The Psalmist expressed this attitude in Psalm 39:5: Even those who have wives should be as though they had none, : Paul is not encouraging the neglect of proper family duties, but encouraging living as if. Those things do not matter. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. This is why Paul tells husbands to render to his wife the affection due her. “Until he is old enough to take responsibility upon himself, the child of a believing parent is to be regarded as Christian. It means that we will not live as if our earthly family was all that mattered, but also live with an eye to eternity. Even then Nero was plotting those grievous persecutions with which he not only afflicted, but devastated the Church of Christ.” (Clarke). “Some Jews, for fear of Antiochus, made themselves uncircumcised, 1 Maccab. However, we have no similar assurance for the children of parents who are not Christians. The antithesis in the Greek of "I . Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. This was an important topic; the Christian concept of marriage was one that needed to be established in the early church. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:39, Acts 17:26, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. In fact, harm can come when they, in 1 Corinthians 6:8. Others for shame after they were gained to the knowledge of Christ, as here. Do not deprive: Sexual deprivation in marriage has not only to do with frequency, but with romance also. But and if she depart--or "be separated." 37. steadfast--not to be turned from his purpose by the obloquy of the world. If her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married: Of course, a widow has the right to remarry. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. The same principle is true of the husband’s body in regard to his wife. (39-40) A final reminder regarding the remarriage of widows. i. Sanctified, in this context, does not mean that the unbelieving spouse is saved just by being married to a Christian. 7:1). 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 These small group studies of 1 Corinthians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Paul is saying that if you were circumcised when you became a Christian, fine. Determined in his heart that he will keep his virgin, does well, Because singleness does have its benefits, Paul will recommend it, not only to individuals, but also to fathers in regard to the marrying off of their daughters, He who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better. If we hope in God as our Father, we must seek to be holy as he is holy, and perfect as our Father in heaven. Paul also emphasizes what the woman needs: not merely sexual relations, but the affection due her. 38. her--The oldest manuscripts have "his own virgin daughter." Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. 1 Corinthians 7:5. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. has nothing to do with any kind of improper moral behavior, but with denying his daughter or son the right to marry, based on the way Paul values singleness. The problems may not be easily overcome or quickly solved, but God wants every Christian marriage to enjoy a sexual relationship that is a genuine blessing, instead of a burden or a curse. One should not feel they are immature or unspiritual because they desire to get married so they will no longer burn with passion. Even without considering the return of Jesus, it is worthwhile and accurate for Christians to live as if. “Do not follow even good men slavishly. for--by reason of. You say, ‘It is a good thing when a man does not marry.’ 2 That may be true, but then people may have sex in wrong ways. The one complements the other. 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