People start, and are encouraged to start in life, on the understanding that their happiness cannot be complete till they are married. I. Mutual —. Certain scruples about marriage had arisen. 2-5). Matrimonio y soltería desde un punto de vista bíblico, Living as Heirs Together of the Grace of God, Puritan View of Marriage & the Family 9 of 16 Divorce & Remarriage 2/6, #1 of 8 in Divorce Series - Divorce According to the Scriptures, Puritan View of Marriage & the Family 2 of 16, Preparing for Marriage 1/2, Divorce & Remarriage - Personal Testimony, Divorce & Remarriage - Scriptural Study - Pt 2, Puritan View of Marriage & the Family 3 of 16 Preparing for Marriage 2/2. Some may feel that celibacy is best for them, then let them remain single; others that marriage is most desirable, then let them marry Now does it seem strange that a condition upon which the continuation of the race depends should be thus left open? But the principle to which Paul chiefly trusts he enounces in vers. 1. Some persons are kept single by mere selfishness; but all honour to that eldest son of an orphaned family who sees that it is not for him to please himself, but to work for those who have none to look to but him! 1, 7, 8, 40). The related term, egkrateia, has the connotation of self-control, especially related to sexual activity. We have made marriage simply a civil contract; but its essence is the strongest sympathies and aims that one can have for another; the bond of marriage is the solemn mutual pledge. This not only illustrates the judicial balance of the apostle's mind, but gives us the key to the whole chapter. 2. 1. Whatever is temporary in our relation to the present world it is foolish so to set our heart on, for death may end all our joy and usefulness. Now, on the contrary, they should be taught to consider their own make and bent, and not to take this for granted. 3. 26). 1). It is not to be made obligatory. 1, 7, 8), is afterwards expressly founded on the impending calamities (vers. In one instance, that of recommending widows not to marry (vers. 8, "It is good for them if they abide even as I"; i.e., unmarried. 7). It is a union between one man and one woman. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. No calling is nobler than marriage; but it is not the only calling. There are here and there persons who from the highest motives decline marriage: persons conscious of some hereditary weakness, &c. We may be thankful that there are men and women of sufficiently heroic mould to exemplify the wisdom of the apostle's counsel. The equal rights of husband and wife are everywhere recognised in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 7:1-11 C. Lipscomb We have seen what a meeting place Corinth was for the schools of philosophy and Judaism - a sort of metropolitan Coliseum, in which the gladiators of intellect were in unceasing combat. 3. Beware lest, by choosing a part which you are not fit for, you give Satan an advantage over you (ver. 4. 1. Colossians 3:23, And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. IS ADVISABLE FOR MANY (vers. Domestic bliss is not to be found in the haunts of polygamy. II Timothy 3:3 in a list of vices. II. Personally, I would that all men were even as I myself, only I know that to many men it is not so easy as it is to me to live unmarried; and therefore I do not advise them to a single life. In the Roman Church celibacy is regarded as a virtue in itself, so that men with no natural gift for it have been encouraged to aim at it, with what results we need not say. In times of persecution or dearth it may be wise not to marry. But while there is no virtue in remaining unmarried, there is virtue in remaining unmarried for the sake of serving Christ better. Paul had to speak about marriage as he found it. And just as his denunciations of Greek wisdom must not be extended without qualification to that higher philosophy of Socrates and Plato; so his denunciations of marriage must not be extended without qualification to that intimate union of pure domestic affections which rose out of the combination of the Teutonic and Christian elements. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and PowerPoints for Preaching on 1 Corinthians 7:7-8. 7:1, Paul references questions asked of him by the Corinthians – either as a part of the report from Chloe’s house or in a separate letter. 1. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 1 Corinthians 7. In what sense is it called good? The questions referred to Paul resolve themselves into two. If a man has not the gift of continency, then his duty to marry is clear (ver. 35, cf. Because —. I. PAUL'S COUNSEL TO THE UNMARRIED. (a member of the Sanhedrin would have… 20), which is of wide application (vers. Browse Sermons on 1 Corinthians 7. He merely thought that unmarried men were likely to be most available for the work of Christ (vers. The testimony of Scripture is all in favour of monogamy (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4, 5; 1 Timothy 3:2); and the statements of the apostle here take this for granted. But he never confounds his individual peculiarity with Christianity itself. Nothing cuts united hearts asunder so easily and effectually as artfulness. Should difference of religious opinion crop up, do not separate; for the believing may correct the unbelieving. No one can deny that domestic ties must occasionally be severed by extraordinary calls, political, military, or religious. 8, 40). The one party exists for the other, and the other alone — the twain having become one flesh (Genesis 2:24). 6-9). Concession of personal freedom (ver. The marriage was arranged by the parents. He warns us that it is he who speaks and not Christ, and claims for his recommendation no higher authority than the requirements of the time. 2. Hence he makes no allusion to that which with us is the main argument and motive, viz., love. 1 Timothy 6:6, Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 1. An absolute dictatorship, whether of pope or emperor, has often been defended on the ground that it met the emergencies of a crisis of danger and transition. Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good to abstain from sexual relations. 7). 2. 3. 5). He therefore lays down the law that the power of separation is to rest with the unbelieving, and not with the believing, partner (vers. It is therefore to the unmarried that the State looks for the manning of the army and navy, that society looks for the nursing of the sick and for the filling of posts of danger, that the Church depends for a large part of her work, from teaching in Sunday schools to occupying precarious outposts in the mission field. For were celibacy to rule, in about sixty years mankind would be extinct. 7. If the state of slavery be consistent with the cultivation of the true spirit of Christian liberty, if the great religious divisions of Jew and Gentile be alike compatible with the true service of God, then in all other states of life the spirit of the apostolic injunctions may be observed where, in the letter, they seem disregarded. 26-31), and, apparently in connection with this, on the greater freedom thereby afforded from worldly cares (vers. 1. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Identification (ver. 2. 21, &c.). 32, 33). Those who are thus married are united by a cord finer than the finest web; too weak to fetter, yet too strong to break. Benevolence (ver. 2. the household of Chloe (1 Cor. "Forbidding to marry" (1 Timothy 4:3) is a mark of false teaching. III. Even then, however, the higher ends of wedlock are not to be overlooked.