by Ernest Easley

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Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 7

Now take God's word and turn with me to the book of 1 Corinthians as we continue learning how to live under kingdom authority. We come to today to chapter 7 where we are reminded how God's word is both relevant and practical. It's relevant for it speaks to the issues of our day. It's practical for it supplies us with God-given principles to live by.

Whenever you open God's word to begin studying a passage or chapter, you always want to keep it in its context. Otherwise, you can make the Bible say whatever you want it to say. It's like the young bible student who decided one morning to simply open his Bible and let his finger fall on a passage of scripture and whatever passages he opened up to, that would be his guide for the day.

So, he opened his Bible and it opened up to Matthew 27.5, ''Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.'' Well, he decided to try again. So he opened his bible and it fell open to Luke 10.37b, ''Then Jesus said to him, ''Go and do likewise.''

That's not the way to study the Bible! That's called ''isegesis'' and that's when you isolate a passage, lift it up out of his context allowing it to stand on it's own. That's a dangerous way to study the Bible.

Well, it's not ''isegesis'' needed, it's ''exegesis'' that's needed to understand the Bible. Exegesis means to draw out the meaning of a passage within its context. Exegesis allows us to understand God's word within its context.

Now you say, ''Pastor, what's all this isegesis, exegesis talk about this morning and what does it have to do with 1 Corinthians 7?'' Well, it has everything to do with 1 Corinthians 7 and for that matter, every chapter and verse in the Bible if you're going to understand the Bible.

Let's keep chapter 7 in its context. The last part of chapter 6 dealt with our bodies and usin ...

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