1 Corinthians 7:1-24
jmbetter at gmail.com
Mon May 4 21:46:24 PDT 2009
“*TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE” MINISTRIES*
*Jim & Marie Watt*
*Tel: 253.874.4265 -- Email: jmbetter at gmail.com*
*1 Corinthians 7:1-24 (Numeric Greek & English NT by Ivan Panin)*
*D. 7:1-7 RULES OF MARRIAGE: TO AVOID FORNICATION AND DEFRAUDING*
*a. 7:1 PAUL ANSWERS QUESTIONS*
PeRI de h*o*n eGRApsa-te :
*Now concerning whereof you wrote:*
kaLON anTHR*O*p*o* gu-naiKOS  m*e* HAPtes-thai .
*It is **good for a man not to touch a woman.*
*b. 7:2 PAUL'S SOLUTION FOR FORNICATION*
diA de tas porNEIas , HEkas-tos t*e*n he-auTOU guNAIka eCHEt*o*,
*But, because of fornications, let each have his own :wife,*
kai heKASt*e* ton Idi-on ANdra  eCHEt*o*.
*and let each have her :own husband.*
*c. 7:3 HUSBAND-WIFE OBLIGATIONS*
t*e* gu-naiKI ho aN*E*R t*e*n o-pheiL*E*N  a-po-diDOt*o* :
*Let the husband render to the wife her :due:*
hoMOI*o*s de kai h*e* guN*E* t*o* anDRI .
*and likewise also the wife to the husband.*
*d. 7:4 THE REASON FOR SUCH OBLIGATIONS*
h*e* guN*E* tou iDIou S*O*ma-tos  ouk e-xou-siAzei , alLA ho aN*
*The wife has not power over her own :body, but the husband:*
hoMOI*o*s de kai ho aN*E*R tou iDIou S*O*ma-tos ouk e-xou-siAzei,
*and likewise also the husband has not power over his own :body,*
alLA h*e* guN*E*.
*but the wife.*
*e. 7:5 WISE EXCEPTIONS*
m*e* a-po-steREIte  alL*E*lous, ei M*E*ti an ek sumPH*O*nou [4859 pros
*Defraud not one the other, except it be by consent for a season,*
HIna schoLAs*e*-te  t*e* pro-seuCH*E* , kai PAlin ePI to auTO *E
*that you may give yourselves to :prayer, and be together again,*
HIna m*e* peiRAz*e*  huMAS ho Sa-taNAS diA t*e*n a-kraSIan  huM*O
*that :Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency.*
*f. 7:6 NOTE THIS EXCEPTION ON PAUL'S PART (SEE 1 COR 14:37)*
TOUto de LEg*o* kaTA sunGN*O*m*e*n , ou kat' e-pi-taG*E*N .
*But this I say by way of concession, not of commandment.*
*g. 7:7a PAUL'S DESIRE FOR OTHERS IN MARRIAGE*
THEl*o*  de PANtas anTHR*O*pous EInai h*o*s kai e-mauTON.
*Yet I would all men were even as I myself.*
*h. 7:7b PAUL'S UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENT NEEDS*
alLA HEkas-tos Idi-on Echei CHAris-ma  ek TheOU,
*But each has his :own gift from God,*
ho men HOUt*o*s, ho de HOUt*o*s.
*one this wise, and another thus wise.*
*E. 7:8-24 LAWS OF SEPARATION AND PROPRIETY*
*1. 7:8-16 LAWS OF MARITAL SEPARATION*
*a. 7:8 PAUL MORE CLEARLY SPELLS OUT HIS COUNSEL*
LEg*o* de tois aGAmois  kai tais CH*E*rais ,
*But I say to the unmarried and the widows,*
kaLON auTOIS eAN MEIn*o*-sin  h*o*s ka' 'G*O*.
*It is good for them if they abide even as I.*
*b. 7:9 YET HE STILL SHOWS WISDOM FOR EXCEPTIONS*
ei de ouk eg-kraTEUon-tai , ga-m*e*SAt*o*san :
*But if they have not continency, let them marry:*
KREITton gar es-tin gaMEIN *e* puROUSthai .
*for it is better to marry than to burn.*
*c. 7:10-11 THE LORD'S VERY CLEAR COUNSEL*
tois de ge-ga-m*e*KOsin  pa-ragGELl*o* , ouk eG*O*, alLA ho
*But to the married I give charge, not I, but the Lord,*
guNAIka aPO anDROS m*e* ch*o*-risTH*E*nai ,
*That a wife depart not from a husband,*
(eAN de kai ch*o*-risTH*E* , meNEt*o* Aga-mos ,
*11 (but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried,*
*e* t*o* anDRI ka-tal-laG*E*t*o* );
*or be reconciled to the husband);*
kai ANdra guNAIka m*e* a-phiEnai .
*and that a husband leave not his wife.*
*d. 7:12 PAUL'S COUNSEL: BY PERMISSION*
Tois de loiPOIS LEg*o* eG*O*, ouch ho KUri-os:
*But to the rest say I, not the Lord:*
ei tis a-delPHOS guNAIka Echei Apis-ton ,
*if any brother has an unbelieving wife,*
kai HAUt*e* su-neu-doKEI  oiKEIN  met' auTOU, m*e* a-phiEt*o*
*and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her.*
*e. 7:13 COUNSEL FOR THE WIFE*
kai guN*E* H*E*tis Echei ANdra Apis-ton,
*And a woman that has an unbelieving husband,*
kai HOUtos su-neu-doKEI oiKEIN met' auT*E*S,
*and he is content to dwell with her,*
m*e* a-phiEt*o* ton ANdra.
*let her not leave the husband.*
*f. 7:14 SANCTIFICATION FROM THE LORD IN MIXED MARRIAGES *
h*e*GIas-tai  gar ho aN*E*R ho Apis-tos en t*e* gu-naiKI,
*For the unbelieving :husband is sanctified in the wife,*
kai h*e*GIas-tai h*e* guN*E* h*e* Apis-tos en t*o* a-delPH*O:*
*and the unbelieving :wife is sanctified in the brother:*
ePEI Ara ta TEKna  huM*O*N aKAtharTA  es-tin; nun de HAgiA
*else were your :children unclean; but now are they holy.*
*g. 7:15 A CLEAR WORD OF PERMISSION*
ei de ho Apis-tos ch*o*RIze-tai , ch*o*riZESth*o*:
*Yet if the unbelieving departs, let him depart:*
ou deDOUl*o*-tai  ho a-delPHOS *e* h*e* a-delPH*E* en tois toiOUtois:
*the brother or the sister is not under bondage in :such cases:*
en de eiR*E*n*e* KEkl*e*-ken  huMAS ho TheOS.
*but God has called you in peace.*
*h. 7:16 YET - A HOPEFUL POSSIBILITY*
ti gar OIdas, GUnai, ei ton ANdra S*O*seis ?
*For how do you know, O wife, whether you shall save the husband?*
*e* ti OIdas, Aner, ei t*e*n guNAIka S*O*seis?
*or how do you know, O husband, whether you shall save the wife?*
*2. 7: 17-24 PRINCIPLE IN MARRIAGE: DON'T UNTANGLE THE PAST*
*a. 7:17a UNDERSTAND THE LORD'S DISTRIBUTIONS AND WALK IN THEM*
Ei m*e*, heKASt*o* h*o*s meMEri-ken  ho KUri-os,
*Only, as the Lord has distributed to each,*
HEkas-ton h*o*s KEkl*e*-ken  ho TheOS, HOUt*o*s pe-ri-paTEIt*o*
*as :God has called each, thus let him walk.*
*b. 7:17b THIS RULING FOR ALL CHURCHES*
kai HOUt*o*s en tais ek-kl*e*SIais  PAsais di-aTASso-mai .
*And thus I ordain in all the churches.*
*c. 7:18a RULE OF CIRCUMCISION*
pe-ri-tet-m*e*MEnos  tis eKL*E*th*e*? m*e* e-pisPASth*o* .
*Was any called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised.*
*d. 7:18b RULE FOR UNCIRCUMCISION*
en a-kro-busTIa  KEkl*e*TAI tis? m*e* pe-ri-temNESth*o*.
*Has any been called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.*
*e. 7:19 THE TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF CIRCUMCISION*
h*e* pe-ri-toM*E*  ouDEN es-tin, kai h*e* a-kro-busTIa ouDEN es-tin;
*:Circumcision is nothing, and :uncircumcisionis nothing;*
alLA T*E*r*e*-sis  en-toL*O*N  TheOU.
*but keeping of God's commandments.*
*f. 7:20 THE PRINCIPLE REPEATED*
HEkas-tos en t*e* KL*E*sei  h*e* e-KL*E*th*e*  en TAUt*e* meNEt*
*Let each abide in the calling in which he was called.*
*g. 7:21 THE RULE FOR SERVITUDE*
DOUlos e-KL*E*th*e*s? m*e* soi meLEt*o* :
*Were you called as a bondman? care not for it:*
all', ei kai DUna-sai eLEUthe-ros  geNESthai, MALlon CHR*E*sai .
*no, even if you can become free, use it rather.*
*h. 7:22 SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING BEHIND THIS RULE*
ho gar en KuRI*o* kl*e*THEIS DOUlos ,
*For who was called in the Lord being a bondman,*
a-peLEUthe-ros  KuRIou esTIN:
*is the Lord's freedman:*
hoMOI*o*s ho eLEUthe-ros kl*e*THEIS, DOU-LOS  es-tin ChrisTOU.
*likewise who was called free, is Christ's bondman.*
*i. 7:23 A CLEAR WORD*
tiM*E*S  h*e*-goRASth*e*-te ; m*e* GInes-the DOUloi anTHR*O*p*o*n.
*You were bought with a price; become not bondmen of men.*
*j. 7:24 AGAIN - A REPETITION OF THIS PRINCIPLE*
Ekas-tos en h*o* eKL*E*th*e*, a-delPHOI, en TOUt*o* MEne-t*o*  paRA
*Brethren, let each, in which he was called, therein abide with God.*
*NOTE:* Imagine! The Lord through the Holy Spirit through Paul, lays out in
a whole chapter answers to questions from the church of Corinth concerning
difficult problems involved in marriage responsibilities, separation,
divorce, state of children when one of the spouses is an unbeliever!
But, beyond the wise handling of difficult problems, perhaps the most
significant enlightenment that shines through in this chapter is the
relationship of the Lord Himself and His servant and apostle in the mutual
handling of these problems. The majority of the answers are from the Lord
Jesus Himself. The few answers that Paul gives by permission, apart from the
commandment of the Lord, are striking! He believes he has the mind of the
Lord in these few answers, as a trustworthy servant and writer of 13 other
letters to city churches and individuals. He can therefore no doubt be
trusted by *us* in these few points.
But the outstanding point that emerges from this, and one which I believe
God Himself set up, is that everything else in all other 13 letters, is the
commandment of the Lord, and is not the thinking of Paul. This should be a *
shocker* to those who glibly set aside the writings of Paul in areas they
disagree with. The fact is - it is *not* the apostle Paul they are
rejecting, but *God and the Lord Jesus Himself*! Consider again 1
Corinthians 14:37 (14:37-40) - *“If any thinks himself to be a prophet, or
spiritual, let him take knowledge of what things I write you, that it
is theLord's commandment.”
*This includes not just the 14 letters of the apostle Paul, but the
*entire*New Testament, plus the entire Old Testament. See Peter's word
in 2 Peter
1:21 (1:12-21) - *“For no prophecy was ever borne by man's will; but men spoke
from God, being borne on by the Holy Spirit.”*
One of the most awesome renderings of Paul in Hebrews is the following, set
forth accurately by Dr. David Stern of Israel in his translation of the New
Testament. Hebrews 8:6 (8:1-13) - *But now has he ( Jesus) obtained a
ministry the more superior (than Moses), by so much as **he** is also
mediator of a **better covenant**, which has been enacted (or better,
as Torah**) upon better promises.” *
God here is saying to the One New Man - Jew and Gentile alike in the church
- that all 66 books of the Bible are *Torah*, Teaching, commandments to be
followed. Jesus' words then become the infallible guide to interpret the
entire Old Testament in the light of the Sermon on the Mount, and all His
teachings through His apostles in the New Testament - especially the apostle
Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:37 abundantly makes clear that he, like all other
Bible writers, both Old and New Testament - are *faithfully* recording the
true thoughts of *God Himself* through our Lord Jesus!
The whole Bible, all 66 books, is *not* the book of man - but the *“Book of
God.”* What is recorded here about the *church*, *salvation*, sex sins,
abortion, etc., etc., etc - is *all* God's religious thinking on these
matters - *not* man, religious thinkers, politicians, etc., etc., etc.
The Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 (28:16-20) - *Jesus said - “All
authority has been given **me in heaven and on :earth**. **19** Go
therefore, **and** disciple** all the nations, baptizing them into the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; **teaching them to keep
ALL **things** **whatever I **commanded** you: **20** and lo, I am with you
all the days till the consummation of the age.”* *God's thinking* on church
members! They are to be *disciples*, keeping *all* the commands and words of
*Jesus*, not mere converts from seeker-friendly churches. We are *not* to
let the bars of the church down and receive into it the world, the
unconverted, and the unredeemed.
*This* was one of the main points and tenets of George Muller that he
shared with leaders in 42 countries over a 17 year missionary tour period
starting with his 70th year. Don's use as leaders in the church *any* who
are not *true disciples*, committed to the fullness of the Bible, God's Word
- not man's!
There are some in the American government who are seeking to prohibit the
declaration of God's Word and thinking on Sex sins - abortion - exposure of
sins of politicians: for instance - *why* is it that our President refuses
to bring forth a legitimate birth certificate certifying that he has a legal
right to be our President, and is not unqualified?
Why is it that our government behind the scenes is seeking to shut down
conservative “Talk-Show hosts” who expose the shenanigans of our liberal
leaders, media and courts?
Remember what Peter and John said in answer to the Jewish Sanhedrin who
sought to shut down the 12 apostles of Jesus following His Resurrection:
Acts 4:19-20- (4:13-31) - *“But :Peter and John answered **and** said unto
them, Whether it is right in **the** sight of :God to **listen to
than :God**, you judge: **20** for WE **cannot** but **speak** what **things
**we saw and heard.”* They were *jailed* and *beaten* for obeying God rather
than religious government and leaders. Have we in America come to similar
days? Do we have freedom to stand for *God* against sinners and leaders who
reject and despise God and *His Word*, the Bible? What has our nation
descended to? How far have we departed from the guidelines of our Founding
Fathers? - Jim Watt
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