Listen To Jesus' Words - Matthew 19                                 Listen To Paul's Words - 1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7 - Verse by Verse (teaching for believers)

1  Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to

   touch a woman.
(( Paul is teaching: Men, do not touch a woman (at all) for this is good. ))

2  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication "Porneia" (the sin before marriage), let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
(Paul is saying if you want sex and avoid "Porneia" fornication: have your own wife, and women, have your own husband - GET MARRIED!)


Verse 3 to 7
Paul teaches MARRIED people


3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife

    unto the husband
(( And when you are married, the husband & wife must engage in the sexual relationship with each other. ))

4  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the

    husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
( ( The husband & wife do not rule their own body, their spouse does.  They must engage in sexual relationship when either one cannot contain. ) )
 
5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give

   yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not

   for your incontinency.
(( No sex between the married, must be only for 'a time', AND must be with "consent".  You then must come together again, lest Satan tempt you to commit "Moicheia" adultery, because you are marriedFornication "Proneia" is the word used to describe sexual sin for the unmarried. ))
 
6  But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
( ( ( Paul is saying; "What I'm about to tell you next is by permission, NOT a commandment from the Lord Jesus.  Paul has the permission of the Holy Ghost to teach staying SINGLE is best. ) ) )
 
7  For I would that all men were even as I myself  (single).  But every man

    hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
( ( Paul is teaching: 'Being single' is a gift - 'Being married' is a gift.  SINGLENESS IS A GIFT, MARRIAGE IS A GIFT.  NOTE: As you can tell, Paul has PERMISSION to teach: SINGLENESS IS BEST FOR A BELIEVER.  Notice also, Paul has a deep desire and drive to be with the Lord, NOT to be with women; and he "would that all men were even as" he. ) )


Verses 8 & 9
Paul teaches people who have NEVER MARRIED
and WIDOWS


8  I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even

    as I.
(( This statement again is by permission of the Holy Ghost. ))

9  But if they cannot contain (that is: if having sexual appetites), let them marry:  for it

    is better to marry than to burn (with sexual appetites).
(( Paul is teaching: 'Unmarried' and 'widows' should get married to avoid  fornication "Porneia" if they 'burn' with sexual appetites. ))


***** Verses 10 & 11 *****
Paul teaches the LORD'S COMMAND about MARRIAGE

\0/  (BOTH HUSBAND & WIFE ARE BELIEVERS)  \0/


10  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife

      depart  from her husband:
( The Lord commands the married to stay married to avoid "Moicheia" adultery, Paul also commands this teaching/truth to the believers.  We must do the same if we too are going to teach ALL that He commanded.)
Please read  Matthew 28:20  &  John 6:38; 7:16; 14:24.

11  But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband:
and let not the husband put away his wife.
)>)>)> If she departs she MUST REMAIN UNMARRIED! or be reconciled to her husband.  If she does marry SOMEONE OTHER THAN HER HUSBAND, she WILL BE committing Adultery "Moicheia" because she is married! <(<(<(


***** Verses 12 to 17 *****
Paul teaches about MARRIAGE
\0/ (ONLY ONE SPOUSE IS A BELIEVER)


12  But TO THE REST speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that

      believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.

      (ref. vs. 10)
( In Paul's statement: "But to the rest", he is speaking to the rest of the believers who are married to unbelievers. )





13  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to  

      dwell with her, let her not leave him.

      (ref. vs. 10)
(((( "The Woman" in this statement is a believer.  Paul teaches: Believers who have non-believing spouses, must not put them away because they are non-believers. ))))

14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is

      sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
((( Paul, indirectly, is teaching: Unbelievers are NOT sanctified, AND the children of unbelievers are UN - HOLY! BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SAVED FROM THEIR SIN. )))

15  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart.  A brother or a sister is not under

      bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
(( Paul is teaching: A brother or a sister is not bound to stay with the unbelieving spouse who left.  AND in Paul's phrase "God hath called US to peace" he is including himself in this calling, for Paul is SINGLE ALSO.   But the brother or sister in the Lord must remain unmarried or they will be committing adultery "Moicheia" if they marry again. ))

16  For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband?  or how

      knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
(( Paul teaches: One doesn't know if their spouse will be saved because they are married to a born-again believer.  Also, a MARRIAGE with a believer makes the unsaved spouse, or the way Paul writes it: "who believeth not" or the "unbelieving" one SANCITFIED and their children HOLY! ))

17  But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every

     one, so let him walk.  And so ordain I in all churches.
(((( Paul teaches: When one becomes a believer and is married to a non-believer, this too is how the Lord has called them.   Notice: even in this situation [in vs. 15], this is still considered "the Lord's calling" and the Lord has "distributed" this also.  Paul even ordains this teaching in the churches. ))))


Verses 18 to 24
Paul teaches to make clear the Lord's command of marriage, AND the bond of marriage.


18  Is any man called being circumcised?  let him not become uncircumcised.  Is any

      called in uncircumcision?   let him not be circumcised.
( ( ( ( ( How can one become uncircumcised when he is circumcised?  He can't, it's done forever!  Paul is teaching: If you are bound by the Law of marriage; DO NOT seek to become unbound.  If you are not bound by the Law of marriage; DO NOT seek to be bound.   The point of this teaching is:  Stay where you are called - 'single', 'married', or 'put away' - remain in that state. ) ) ) ) )

19Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the

     commandments of God.
(( Paul is using his comment about circumcision to teach how "marriage" binds the husband and wife to an irreversible bond, not to teach works which are against the cross of Christ and his gospel. ))
 
20  Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 

      (Ref. vs 7, 17, 24 & 27)
(( Again, the point of this teaching is to stay where/how you are called in Him, and remain there. ))


Verses 21 to 23
Paul teaches: what 'BOUND SERVANT' believers should do
.


21  Art thou called being a servant?  care not for it:  but if thou mayest be made free,

      use it rather.
(( PAUL TEACHES THIS EXCEPTION: Being a believer who is a 'bound servant'.  Paul doesn't want the believing 'bound servant' to remain in that state.  Paul is saying; "get out of that state when/IF possible." ))

22  For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise

      also he that is called , being free, is Christ's servant.

23  Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
(( Again, Paul is saying to the 'bound servant' who is a believer, to "be free if you can, as soon as you can." ))

24  Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

      (Ref. vs 7, 17, 20 & 27)
(( PAUL TEACHES: Are you married?  Stay married.  Are you single?  Stay single.  Are you put away?  Remain unmarried.  EXCEPT for the 'bound servant', they should look for a way out when possible, but not so for the married.  THE MARRIED BELIEVER SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR A WAY OUT. ))



Verses 25 to 33
Paul teaches: People who have NEVER MARRIED


25  Now concerning virgins (never married) I have no commandment of the Lord:  yet

      I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

26  I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good

      for a man so to be.
( ( ( ( > > Paul is teaching: In his own judgement, NOT the commandment of the Lord, "It is good for a" man to be a VIRGIN. < < ) ) ) )

27  Art thou bound unto a wife?  seek not to be loosed.  Art thou loosed from a wife? 

      seek not a wife.
((( Paul again repeats himself and teaches: Saying to the man; "Stay married, if married" as commanded by the Lord, and "stay unmarried if single" as in his [Paul's] judgment. )))

28  But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not

      sinned.  Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
(( Paul again answers verse 1 by teaching marriage is a calling and gift. Ref. vs 7, 17, 20 & 24 ))

29  But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that

     have wives be as though they had none;
(( In verses 32 to 35 Paul expands more clearly what he is teaching here. ))

30  And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though

      they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;

31  And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world

      passeth away.

32   But I would have you without carefulness.  He that is unmarried careth for the

       things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:

33   But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may

       please his wife.


Verses 34 to 38
Paul teaches: The Believers Down Fall In Marriage


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.
((( Just as there is a "difference between a wife and a virgin" [wife - married woman and virgin - woman who has never been married], so there is a difference between "Porneia" fornication - sex BEFORE marriage and "Moicheia" adultery - sex AFTER marriage. )))


NOTICE: Paul compares "marriage" AND "sex" to: "A thing of the world".



35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you,

     but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord

     without distraction.
((( Paul is teaching believers that among the 'caring for the many things of the world', even "marriage" is a "distraction" which will hinder you, "that you may attend upon the Lord".  Paul is teaching this for your profit and is even saying that this idea is "suitable" for the believer;  in another word: "comely". ))) 


* Verses 36 to 38 - The Modern Church Knows Nothing About These Verses *
Understanding marriage in this verse would clear up what
"PORNEIA" FORNICATION
MEANS


36  But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she

      pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth

      not: let them marry.
}}}}} Paul is writing about "betrothed" BELIEVERS in this verse.   These are couples who have consented to "not" consummate their marriage by a sexual relationship in order to serve the Lord as in vs. 32 & 34.  BUT, as you can see he [or they] now sexual appetites and cannot contain any longer.  Paul said; "let them marry" or let them have sexual relations. {{{{{

37Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity,

    but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he

    will keep his virgin, doeth well.
((((( Paul is talking about a BELIEVING "betrothed" couple.  A husband who is remaining steadfast in abstaining from sex SO THAT HE MAY ATTEND UPON THE LORD WITHOUT DISTRACTION, ref. vs 35. )))))

38  So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in

     marriage doeth better.
(( Paul is speaking of the "betrothed bride's father in the first part of this verse and speaking about a father who does not give away his daughter to be "betrothed" in marriage in the last part of this verse. ))

39  The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be

     dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
( Paul teaches: Marriage is life binding. Sexual sin is called Adultery "Moicheia". )

40  But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment:  and I think also

     that I have the Spirit of God.
((((( Paul is teaching THE BELIEVERS THIS IDEA:  You will be happier if you stay single, that you may attend upon the Lord without distraction. )))))



~~~ The words from Apostle Paul's teachings are self explanatory ~~~


THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BELIEVERS IS THIS:
> Are you a VIRGIN or SINGLE, NEVER MARRIED?


Stay SINGLE!  BUT If you cannot contain yourself and you "burn" with sexual desire, then get married...but ONLY IN THE LORD! - ref. vs 39


THEN YOU ARE BOUND IN MARRIAGE FOR LIFE!
If you separate or DIVORCE, be reconciled back together again!
IF YOU REMARRY ANOTHER, YOU WILL BE COMMITTING ADULTERY!
Ref. vs 10-11



THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BELIEVERS IS THIS:
> Have BOTH of you been called in the Lord BEFORE MARRIAGE, and then MARRY?


Stay MARRIED!  If you separate or DIVORCE, you must be reconciled back together again!
IF YOU REMARRY ANOTHER, YOU WILL BE COMMITTING ADULTERY!
Ref. vs 10-11



THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BELIEVERS IS THIS:
> Have you been called in the Lord WHILE MARRIED?


Stay MARRIED!  If your unbelieving spouse leaves you, LET THEM GO.  You are called to PEACE ref. vs 15-17 & 28 NOT TO REMARRY ANOTHER!



THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BELIEVERS IS THIS:
> Have you been called in the Lord DIVORCED or IN DIVORCE?


Stay SINGLE!  You are called to peace ref. v 15 OR be reconciled.
YOU ARE BOUND IN MARRIAGE FOR LIFE!

The judgement of Paul is this --: Stay single,--  stay a virgin, serve the Lord all your days be as Paul was ... single if you can not contain - get married
But only in the lord.


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