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Should a Man Marry? (14 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 7:1-40
October 6, 2004
1. Chapter 7 is a lengthy chapter dealing with marriage,
intimacy in marriage, the divorce of a believer from an unbeliever, celibacy, virginity, and many other moral issues. We could spend quite a bit of time on all this (and I will touch on some things this evening); however, I don't want us to get bogged down. There is so much more I want us to look at. So, for the most part, I will direct you to the personal study of this chapter. Use some good commentaries, and spend the necessary time you need.
2. Let me begin with our outline:
I. Intimacy and Marriage
II. Divorce and Unbelievers
III.Virginity and Celibacy
I. INTIMACY AND MARRIAGE (VV. 1-9)
In (vs. 1) Paul is writing in order to answer questions sent to him by the Corinthian saints, "Now concerning the things whereof you wrote unto me." These folks needed some answers.
COMMENTARY: In commenting on this passage, Life Application Notes states: The Christians in Corinth were surrounded by sexual temptation. The city had a reputation for sexual immorality and religious prostitution. It was to this kind of society that Paul delivered these instructions on sex and marriage. The Corinthians needed special, specific instructions because of their culture's immoral standards.1
1. Let's consider two things:
A. The need for marriage (vs. 2)
1. It prevents fornication. Porneia, from Greek
4203 (porneuo); harlotry (including adultery and incest).
a. Paul is saying that in order to prevent sexual
sin outside of marriage; it is good for a man and woman to marry. Though Paul will discuss celibacy throughout the chapter, he acknowledges, as we know, the Scriptures teach marriage is God's divine ordered institution. In Genesis 2:18, we read, And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an he ...
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