1 Corinthians Chapter 7
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 Bible commentary...
The apostle answers several questions about marriage. (1-9) Married Christians should not seek to part from their unbelieving consorts. (10-16) Persons, in any fixed station, should usually abide in that. (17-24) It was most desirable, on account of the then perilous days, for people to sit loose to this world. (25-35) Great prudence be used in marriage; it should be only in the Lord. (36-40)1-9 The apostle tells the Corinthians that it was good, in that juncture of time, for Christians to keep themselves single. Yet he says that marriage, and the comforts of that state, are settled by Divine wisdom. Though none may break the law of God, yet that perfect rule leaves men at liberty to serve him in the way most suited to their powers and circumstances, of which others often are very unfit judges. All must determine for themselves, seeking counsel from God how they ought to act.
10-16 Man and wife must not separate for any other cause than what Christ allows. Divorce, at that time, was very common among both Jews and Gentiles, on very slight pretexts. Marriage is a Divine institution; and is an engagement for life, by God's appointment. We are bound, as much as in us lies, to live peaceably with all men, #Ro 12:18|, therefore to promote the peace and comfort of our nearest relatives, though unbelievers. It should be the labour and study of those who are married, to make each other as easy and happy as possible. Should a Christian desert a husband or wife, when there is opportunity to give the greatest proof of love? Stay, and labour heartily for the conversion of thy relative. In every state and relation the Lord has called us to peace; and every thing should be done to promote harmony, as far as truth and holiness will permit.
17-24 The rules of Christianity reach every condition; and in every state a man may live so as to be a credit to it. It is the duty of every Christian to be content with his lot, and to conduct himself in his rank and place as becomes a Christian. Our comfort and happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No man should think to make his faith or religion, an argument to break through any natural or civil obligations. He should quietly and contentedly abide in the condition in which he is placed by Divine Providence.
25-35 Considering the distress of those times, the unmarried state was best. Notwithstanding, the apostle does not condemn marriage. How opposite are those to the apostle Paul who forbid many to marry, and entangle them with vows to remain single, whether they ought to do so or not! He exhorts all Christians to holy indifference toward the world. As to relations; they must not set their hearts on the comforts of the state. As to afflictions; they must not indulge the sorrow of the world: even in sorrow the heart may be joyful. As to worldly enjoyments; here is not their rest. As to worldly employment; those that prosper in trade, and increase in wealth, should hold their possessions as though they held them not. As to all worldly concerns; they must keep the world out of their hearts, that they may not abuse it when they have it in their hands. All worldly things are show; nothing solid. All will be quickly gone. Wise concern about worldly interests is a duty; but to be full of care, to have anxious and perplexing care, is a sin. By this maxim the apostle solves the case whether it were advisable to marry. That condition of life is best for every man, which is best for his soul, and keeps him most clear of the cares and snares of the world. Let us reflect on the advantages and snares of our own condition in life; that we may improve the one, and escape as far as possible all injury from the other. And whatever cares press upon the mind, let time still be kept for the things of the Lord.
36-40 The apostle is thought to give advice here about the disposal of children in marriage. In this view, the general meaning is plain. Children should seek and follow the directions of their parents as to marriage. And parents should consult their children's wishes; and not reckon they have power to do with them, and dictate just as they please, without reason. The whole is closed with advice to widows. Second marriages are not unlawful, so that it is kept in mind, to marry in the Lord. In our choice of relations, and change of conditions, we should always be guided by the fear of God, and the laws of God, and act in dependence on the providence of God. Change of condition ought only to be made after careful consideration, and on probable grounds, that it will be to advantage in our spiritual concerns.
D.v.v.'s 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment on 10/28/2014, 11:37pm...
I 'm replying to a question asked about once saved always saved. In HEB 6 4 6 Heb 10 26 trust in your first impulse in reading this Matt 17 27 Jesus said. I pray you understand this, ask the holy spirit for help.
D.V.V.'s 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment on 10/28/2014, 11:10pm...
We see here an example of a person or persons being accountable for themselves. That is writen. If God has but you together with someone stay if at all possible, keeping peace. God is incontrol of ever situation in our life. We need to love as God intends for us to do, the whole bible is our love letter from our father. Eph1 1 5 Its already been planned for us!
Edward James's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment on 10/07/2014, 3:19pm...
Can you explain verse 9. I am engaged but wehave not set a date yet. We do cuddle and kiss but do not touch our private parts. Also we have slept together but we have not had sex. We said we would wait until after we got married. Also is it wrong to have sex after we are married.
Kasi oyige's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment on 9/18/2014, 6:53am...
A guide for the married and those intending to.
Prophet Dennis BEll's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment on 8/20/2014, 4:09am...
First and foremost, one must take into account two pertinent thoughts this was a Gentile church, and most of those who received the Holy Ghost, in Corinth may have come out of the religious ideology of sex as a form of worship. That s what was going on in Corinth at the times of Paul. Paul was very careful not to give his opinions as the "devine will of God ". He said "but to the rest speak I, not the Lord ". In America aswell as the entire church world, times has changed. For a man doesn 't posseess a virgin as they did in his Paul 's time. The most important thing to be aware of is that if you acquire knowledge of your wife 's past after you marry her,you may or may not be justified in divorcing her. It depends on her past and if she has repented. Then again, this is my opinion. However,for the church, the only thing justifying divorce is Adultery!!! That s Christ, and not me.
Ish's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment about verse 14 on 7/22/2014, 12:01am...
It means to be made holy. You are NO LONGER two...you are one.
Pastor T's 1 Corinthians Chapter 7 comment about verse 14 on 7/14/2014, 2:12am...
We had this same discussion at my church, the bible says that when we marry we become as one spirit.... remember light overcomes dark any day, greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. So, my perception is this if we are one spirit than the God in the holy one overtakes the darkness of the other!! Also the bible says how can two walk together except they agree at some point the unsaved one must have a lil belief I think or he or she wouldn 't be married to the holier one so maybe they have as much belief as a mustard seed but are not ready to live the life??? I 'm just speculating. But to finish my thought I do believe that if the other party dies before excepting Jesus in their lives I believe God still receives them unto him self even if he puts them in a lower level of heaven an not the Hollies of Hollies, because that person loved the holy individual just like Christ loved the church so in return they loved on Jesus throughout their marriage!!By the way..... my unsaved husband eventually gave his life to the Lord, thank you Jesus!!! For saving both of us Eight and counting for me and one year and a few months for him .... Praise the Lord!!!!
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