by Keith Krell

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A Touchy Issue (16 of 36)
Series: Saints Gone Wild
Keith Krell
1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Several years ago, I officiated a beautiful wedding ceremony for two virgins. Due to their love for Jesus Christ and their faithfulness and purity, I wanted to make sure that everything went perfectly well on their special day. During the wedding ceremony I shared a message on "How to Have a Successful Marriage." Everything was going rather well when my speech slurred and I inadvertently said, "I want to make sure that the two of you have a SEX-cessful marriage." A number of people grimaced and smirked. My wife was horrified. It will forever be one of my great blooper moments.

From that moment on, I decided that this would make a great book title-How to Have a SEX-cessful Marriage. In our world, a book with this title could sell millions. Of course, if I ever write such a book I would have to credit the apostle Paul in the acknowledgements. If he were still living, I would also have to share my royalties with him. But truth be known, I would be guilty of plagiarism because I would simply write all of Paul's ideas in 1 Cor 7:1-5. In this passage Paul is going to answer several questions: What is God's answer to my sex drive? How do I handle my struggles with self-control? When sexual temptations arise, how can I defeat them? Paul answers all of these questions and more in 1 Cor 7:1-5. In a nutshell, he will command us to satisfy and protect our spouse.

In these first five verses, Paul throws his weight around and exhorts us to fulfill our sexual desires through a loving, sacrificial relationship with our spouse. Paul begins with these words: "Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman" (7:1). Chapter 7 begins a new section of 1 Corinthians. The words, "Now concerning" prepare the reader for Paul's response to the Corinthians' question. In the first six chapters of this letter, Paul has been dealing with sinful struggles i ...

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