But if you can be made free, rather use it, : In saying that a slave can please God, Paul does not want any slave to think God does not. Significantly, Paul regards both marriage and singleness as gifts from God. i. 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. . 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. Paul strongly puts forth the idea that there is a. : The emphasis is on giving, on “I owe you” instead of “you owe me.” In God’s heart, sex is put on a much higher level than merely the husband’s privilege and the wife’s duty. Let each one remain with God in that calling in which he was called. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? We can seek God’s best and be used by Him right where we are. ii. 22. the Lord's freeman--( Philemon 1:16 )--rather, "freedman." 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. This means they are, in fact, free to remarry because God has recognized their divorce as a valid divorce. not the Lord--by any direct command spoken by Him. Do not seek to be loosed. They may live as, : Paul applies the same principle to husbands as to wives, and makes the important distinction between one who might, (separation while still honoring the marriage covenant) and one who might, . He should not live his life thinking, “I can’t do anything for God now, but I sure could if I was a free man.” He can, and should, serve God as he is able to now. Weeping, rejoicing, and having possessions must not get in the way of following hard after Jesus. but I spare you--The emphasis in the Greek is on "I." 2. In Paul’s day, Jews considered marriage a duty, to the extent that a man reaching 20 years of age without marrying was considered to be in sin. It is good for a man not to touch a woman: Here, “touch” is used in the sense of having sexual relations. , he simply means that Jesus did not teach on this specific point, as He had in the previous situation in Matthew 19:3-9. a. else . ii. iv. They understood Jesus perfectly, and so should more people today, before they enter into the covenant of marriage. so ordain I in all churches--Ye also therefore should obey. i. One should not feel they are immature or unspiritual because they desire to get married so they will no longer burn with passion. However, CYPRIAN and Vulgate support English Version. 2. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. the time--the season (so the Greek) of this present dispensation up to the coming of the Lord ( Romans 13:11 ). With the terms bound and loosed, Paul uses the vocabulary of the Jewish scribes. Jun 14, 1981. We may request cookies to be set on your device. 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 ). 19. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. Probably the separation on either side, whether owing to the husband or to the wife, is forbidden. Were you called while a slave? i. i. 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 . 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. b. 2. i. This wish does not hold good absolutely, else the extension of mankind and of the Church would cease; but relatively to "the present distress" ( 1 Corinthians 7:26 ). but God hath called us to peace--Our Christian calling is one that tends to "peace" ( Romans 12:18 ), not quarrelling; therefore the believer should not ordinarily depart from the unbelieving consort ( 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 ), on the one hand; and on the other, in the exceptional case of the unbeliever desiring to depart, the believer is not bound to force the other party to stay in a state of continual discord ( Matthew 5:32 ). If such children do go to heaven, it is not because they are deserving innocents, but because the rich mercy of God has been extended to them as well. d. 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. iii. But I want you to be without care. So conversely the unbelieving husband may be won by the believing wife ( 1 Peter 3:1 ) [CALVIN]. 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]. 35. for your own profit--not to display my apostolic authority. Because God can be glorified in such a marriage, and He may do a work through the believing spouse to draw the unbelieving spouse to Jesus Christ. But God has called us to peace. Those things do not matter. “Some Jews, for fear of Antiochus, made themselves uncircumcised, 1 Maccab. iii. "Become not servants to men," either externally, or spiritually; the former sense applying to the free alone: the latter to Christian freemen and slaves alike, that they should not be servile adherents to their party leaders at Corinth ( 1 Corinthians 3:21 1 Corinthians 3:22 , Matthew 23:8-10 , 2 Corinthians 11:20 ); nor indeed slaves to men generally, so far as their condition admits. But a child may be made heir of an estate: it is his, though incapable at the time of using or comprehending its advantage; he is not hereafter to acquire the title and claim to it. 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. What matters is serving the Lord where we are at right now. 3, 4. : 1 Corinthians 7 begins a section where Paul deals with specific questions asked him in a letter by the Corinthian Christians. You can also change some of your preferences. Compare Psalms 39:6 , "vain show"; Psalms 73:20 , "a dream"; James 4:14 , "a vapor." But a Christian widow, like any Christian, is really only free to remarry another Christian (only in the Lord). Translate, "separateth himself": offended with her Christianity, and refusing to live with her unless she renounce it. The dew of God's grace is needed to stifle the flame, which otherwise would thrust men at last into hell-fire. He will deal with other situations in following verses. Affection also reminds us that when a couple is unable – for physical or other reasons – to have a complete sexual relationship, they can still have an affectionate relationship, and thus fulfill God’s purpose for these commands. Though a slave externally, spiritually made free by the Lord: from sin, John 8:36 ; from the law, Romans 8:2 ; from "circumcision," 1 Corinthians 7:19 , Galatians 5:1 . 1. But--Greek, "If not." Significantly, for Paul, the most important thing in life was not romantic love, but pleasing God. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 7. even as I--having tile gift of continence ( Matthew 19:11 Matthew 19:12 ). 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. iii. I prefer this latter view, as more according to the tenor of the Gospel, and fully justified by the Greek. When a Jew in those days did not know if and how God’s law applied to their situation, they would ask a scribe, and the scribe would declare them, nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you, . having no necessity--arising from the natural inclinations of the daughter. We are never to put ourselves under the inappropriate control or influence of others. . The wife had the power of effecting a divorce by Greek and Roman law. To be single or married is a special gifting from God. 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. Yet, he will give inspired advice and principles. Just as importantly, Jesus never commands divorce in the case of sexual immorality. The antithesis in the Greek of "I . even as I--unmarried ( 1 Corinthians 9:5 ). 40. happier--( 1 Corinthians 7:1 1 Corinthians 7:28 1 Corinthians 7:34 1 Corinthians 7:35 ). They should know that with faith and patience, they can look for God to work in their present circumstances, difficult as they might be. Do not say, ‘I am of Paul; I am of Apollos; I am of Calvin; I am of Wesley.’ Did Calvin redeem you? Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. This was done by drawing up the fore-skin with a surgeon’s instrument.” (Trapp) “By frequent stretching, the circumcised skin could be again so drawn over, as to prevent the ancient sign of circumcision from appearing.” (Clarke). 21. care not for it--Let it not be a trouble to thee that thou art a servant or slave. We may say, “Torture me, and I will never renounce Jesus.” But what if we were threatened with the rape of our wife or the torture of our children? So then he who gives, If any man thinks he is behaving improperly towards his virgin, Paul refers to is the father of a young woman or man of marrying age (. I think also--"I also think"; just as you Corinthians and your teachers think much of your opinions, so I also give my opinion by inspiration; so in 1 Corinthians 7:25 , "my judgment" or opinion. And so I ordain in all the churches. d. That you may serve the Lord without distraction: For Paul, being unmarried meant fewer distractions in serving God. For it is better to marry than to burn, For I wish that all men were even as I myself, : Paul, at the time of this writing, was unmarried (putting himself among the. ? ESTIUS from AUGUSTINE explains it, "I spare you further details of the inconveniences of matrimony, lest even the incontinent may at the peril of lust be deterred from matrimony: thus I have regard for your infirmity." e. If you do marry, you have not sinned: Paul certainly will not forbid marriage; yet he tells those who will get married, nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you. The wife does not have authority over her own body, : In fact, these obligations are so concrete, it could be said that the wife’s body does not even, i. 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. In Galatians 5:6 this "keeping of the commandments of God" is defined to be "faith which worketh by love"; and in Galatians 6:15 , "a new creature." In fact, the sense of the text argues against it. ii. 30. they that weep . If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. When Jesus’ disciples understood how binding the marriage covenant was, and how it could not be broken (in the sight of God) for just any reason, they responded If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry (Matthew 19:10). Are you loosed from a wife? But and if she depart--or "be separated." But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy, : Paul now will deal with the unmarried, whom he refers to as. 16. 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. But if you can be made free, rather use it: In saying that a slave can please God, Paul does not want any slave to think God does not want him to be free. We are never to put ourselves under the inappropriate control or influence of others. Do not be concerned about it. “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 let him not divorce her. Opposed to "having no necessity" ( 1 Corinthians 7:37 ). f. The principle in this passage is important. Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Illustrating the meaning of "so to be," 1 Corinthians 7:26 . . wept not--(Compare 2 Corinthians 6:10 ). 12. to the rest--the other classes (besides "the married," 1 Corinthians 7:10 , where both husband and wife are believers) about whom the Corinthians had inquired, namely, those involved in mixed marriages with unbelievers. i. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. (25-28) Paul’s advice: marriage isn’t bad in the sight of God, and singleness has its advantages. The dignity of marriage is set forth by Paul ( Ephesians 5:25-32 ), in the fact that it signifies the mystical union between Christ and the Church. But these are exceptional cases, and in exceptional times, such as those of Paul. Compare Luke 10:39 , Mary; Luke 2:37 , "Anna . Do not be concerned about it: A slave can please God as a slave. b. But Paul is true to the heart and teaching of Jesus, who told all Christians in all ages to be ready and anticipate His return. Satan--who often thrusts in his temptations to unholy thoughts amidst the holiest exercises. This means they are, in fact, free to remarry because God has recognized their divorce as a valid divorce. Was anyone called while circumcised? God tells us to repent of whatever sin is there and then to move on. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 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. I suppose--"I consider." b. 1. b. 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. Proud member – that is, either remaining single or remaining married. In Acts 26:10, Paul says, : Though Paul knew singleness was good for him, he would not impose it on anyone. Another reason why in some cases celibacy may be a matter of Christian expediency is stated in 1 Corinthians 7:34 1 Corinthians 7:35 , "that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction." The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. The word for deprive is the same as defraud in 1 Corinthians 6:8. it remaineth--The oldest manuscripts read, "The time (season) is shortened as to what remains, in order that both they," &c.; that is, the effect which the shortening of the time ought to have is, "that for the remaining time (henceforth), both they," &c. The clause, "as to what remains," though in construction belonging to the previous clause, in sense belongs to the following. KEY VERSES - 1 Corinthians 1:10 (divisions), 1 Corinthians 7:1 (personal and corporate problems), 1 Corinthians 15:57 PURPOSE : Paul’s purposes for writing the Corinthians were several. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? . d. It is better to marry than to burn with passion: Paul recognizes marriage as a legitimate refuge from pressures of sexual immorality. God can use us right where we are, and we should not be so quick to change our station in life. power over his . It simply means that they are set apart for a special working in their lives by the Holy Spirit, by virtue of being so close to someone who is a Christian. . 2. It doesn’t matter nearly as much whether you are married, single, divorced, or remarried; what matters more is an on-fire. REPLY TO THEIR INQUIRIES AS TO MARRIAGE; THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE IN OTHER THINGS IS, ABIDE IN YOUR STATION, FOR THE TIME IS SHORT. 1 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:6-7 RSV) In other words, what Paul is saying is that sex in marriage manifests a special gift of God. ii. So ALFORD after CALVIN, BENGEL, and others. The ancient Greek word for short is “sustello,” meaning “contracted and rolled up, as sails used to be by the mariners, when the ship draws nigh to the harbour.” (Trapp) “The time (saith he) is short; furled up, like sails when the mariner comes near his port.” (Poole) The harbor is near, and the sails are shortened! It is all according to an individual’s gifting. The time is short: Some criticize Paul, or even declare him a false prophet, because he says the time is short. : Paul says it is not wrong for a father to allow his young daughter to marry, even allowing for the desirability of singleness at the present time. i. If the unbelieving spouse should depart, the Christian is not under bondage to the marriage covenant. Distractions can be devastating. For I wish that all men were even as I myself. f. But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart: Paul has counseled that the Christian partner should do what they can to keep the marriage together. The married must live faithfully to their spouse, and the unmarried must live celibate. b. This clause, "with God," limits the similar precept in 1 Corinthians 7:20 . When a Jew in those days did not know if and how God’s law applied to their situation, they would ask a scribe, and the scribe would declare them bound or loosed in regard to particular commands. This is why Paul tells husbands to render to his wife the affection due her. Deprivation in either sense gives occasion for the deprived to look elsewhere for fulfillment – and to destroy the marriage. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that calling in which he was called. . 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. Marriage is a Divine institution; and is an engagement for life, by God's appointment. Your Job as Ministry. careth--if he uses aright the advantages of his condition. He, I. a. Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: Concerning the things of which you wrote to me. When we deny physical affection and sexual intimacy to our spouse, we, : Sexual deprivation in marriage has not only to do with. a. . Were you called while a slave? Not that by hard injunctions I may entangle you with the fear of committing sin where there is no sin. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. , even though they all might not have been technically virgins — though in Christian homes, they certainly should be. The oneness of body in which marriage places husband and wife explains this. 32. without carefulness--I would have you to be not merely "without trouble," but "without distracting cares" (so the Greek). Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. by--rather, "in . You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. And today we’re going to start a three-part series on what Paul’s trying to say in 1 Corinthians 7! Paul’s point isn’t really about circumcision; that is just an example. 36. behaveth . . All rights reserved. Apr 29, 2009. Weeping, rejoicing, and having possessions must not get in the way of following hard after Jesus. d. Do not deprive one another: Paul rejects their idea that husband and wife could be more holy by sexual abstinence. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God. This was the main reason Paul considered the unmarried state preferable for himself. . Don’t abandon your wife and children now! i. 1 Corinthians 7 – Principles Regarding Marriage and Singleness A. be reconciled--by appeasing her husband's displeasure, and recovering his good will. 3. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. What is the advantage of remaining single? ii. One of the first charges brought against Christians was “tampering with domestic relationships.” (Barclay). Do not so surrender yourself to any leadership that you rather follow the man than his Master. , Paul uses the vocabulary of the Jewish scribes. As well, Paul says otherwise your children would be unclean – clearly giving the sense that apart from the presence of a Christian parent, the child is not regarded as holy, rather as unclean. Solid Joys. The same principle is true of the husband’s body in regard to his wife. Jun 14, 1981. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:17–24. ii. come together--The oldest manuscripts read, "be together," namely, in the regular state of the married. . John Piper Dec 9, 1984 271 Shares Sermon. ii. iii. It is the fact of the husband being a "brother," that is, a Christian, though the wife is not so, that sanctifies or hallows the union. 1 Corinthians 8 Chapter 7 In this chapter the apostle answers some cases proposed to him by the Corinthians about marriage. A godly sexual relationship within the covenant of marriage is God’s plan for meeting our sexual needs. 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