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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
7:14 For the unbelieving husband hath, in many instances, been sanctified by the wife - Else your children would have been brought up heathens; whereas now they are Christians. As if he had said, Ye see the proof of it before your eyes.
1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, etc. This passage has been much debated, and little understood. The unbelieving husband or wife is not made personally holy, not do the children of believers have personal holiness transmitted to them by virtue of birth relation. Sanctification, then, means something besides personal holiness. To sanctify is to separate to a sacred use, or relation (Ex 20:8 28:38). Food is "sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1Ti 4:4,5). Here Paul uses the term to denote that one Christian member of a household brings a sanctifying influence to it, so that all the members are to be regarded as separated in part from the great, ungodly, unclean world. Nehemiah commanded Jews to part from heathen wives on the ground that they were ceremonially unclean (Ne 13:23-27). Paul insists, rather, that the believer cleanses the other, and that the unbelieving partner, or the children, are rendered ceremonially clean. But now are they holy. Brought into such a sacred relation that the unbelieiving partners are under the power of sacred influences, and not to be counted as sources of defilement.
Tobi's comment on 2013-12-16 05:01:00:
Please i have two important questions. I have been having this sort of argument or discussion i might say with a friend about this
1) If an believer should marry an unbeliever, it states here that the unbeliever becomes sanctified,which also makes their baby sanctified. Sanctification in the context as is in the Hebrew language means being set apart. Does it mean the unbeliever's husband will make it to heaven even without confessing Christ as the lord and Savior?. Also, what about an unbeliever's baby who dies,where would the baby go?
2) There is this doctrine or whatsoever they call it,that if one is saved, one is saved for life and can never be separated from the father no matter what sin the person commits. Please what is your believe about this with scriptural references.
Patrick Tinkamanyire.'s comment on 2013-10-28 05:45:44:
i had a conversation and later arguement on this very theme with a roommate who contends, should a non believing wife continue to have canal relationship with a her husband. immediately i invoked that we are under grace not the law. however he was adamant and even questioned whether pentecostals (myself)have a repenting system like catholics.now thats when i asked do you go to church purporsely to repent to a priest or it should be from within where the sin took root your heart. i had him mumble incoherently but told him to read john 4:14 and the great commission that we are under the ministry of the Holy Spirit. whoever calls upon His name shall not be put to shame. if jesus has already paid the price and he became the curse for me some people still need to know basic biblical truths. its like that samaritan woman who trusted in ancestry and a long line of heritage to be real worship. i believe if i confess with my mouth and sincerely from my heart He is faithful and just to forgive my sins. and this scripture vindicates my stand of sanctification of a believing husband of the wife. similarly all food if received with thanksgiving it becomes purified by the invocation of the blood of the lamb.
Isaack C Chumba's comment on 2013-07-19 08:23:57:
It Means If One Is Believer Then,Christ In Him Is Greater Than Any Power Of Unbelieving Partner.Wisdom Is Only Needed For Christ To Be Manifested In Your Family, Amen I love It.
Ekimwolf's comment on 2013-06-14 10:41:59:
I think it means just what it says. Sanctification does mean to make holy and set apart. If something or someone is holy and set apart they belong to God. God does not take what is holy and throw it away.
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