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Keeping commitments - Explore the Bible for March 18, 2018

Mar 8, 2018

Explore the Bible
March 18, 2017
Dave Johnston 
Little Rock
1 Corinthians 7:1-13 (CSB)

When God created marriage between a man and a woman in Genesis 2:28, He said it was “not good for man to be alone.” With this in mind, Paul gave us some further thoughts on a healthy marriage in 1 Corinthians 7.

When Paul wrote the Corinthians, sexual immorality was rampant in society.

To challenge the current thoughts of his day, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:2 that “each man should have (sexual relations with) his own wife, and each woman should have (sexual relations with) her own husband.” As simple as this sounds, this was a radical idea as believers were faced with a barrage of messages coming from society not unlike what we often hear today.

How do we maintain a healthy and good view of marriage? Paul saw marriage as a God-given gift. One translation refers to the “gift” in 1 Corinthians 7:7 as a “grace-gift from God.”

When we view our marriages as a gift from God, we are being who God has called us to be. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, one of his goals was to show us what it looks like to be “called to be his holy people” (1 Cor. 1:1). God’s holy people view marriage as a gift from God.

Secondly, when we view marriage as a gift from God, we know we are not to “use” each other. Look at Paul’s train of thought in 1 Corinthians 7:2-4:

A husband is to “have his wife,” and a wife is to “have her husband.” A husband is to fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and a wife is to fulfill her marital duty to her husband.

He continued, a wife has no authority over her body, but her husband’s body, and a husband has no authority over his body, but his wife’s body.

When you view marriage as a gift from God, you give to each other. You belong to each other.

Do you view marriage as a gift from God? Do you view your spouse as a gift from God? How has God shown you His grace in your marriage?

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