Bible Commentaries

1 Corinthians 7

Verses 1-40

Certain difficulties had arisen in the Corinthian Church concerning which they had sent inquiries to Paul. He now answers their questions. These answers contain principles of permanent application.

The principles concerning marriage may thus be simply stated: First, marriage is in itself honorable and right. Second, where married union of converted and unconverted men and women is concerned, the believer, at least, is not to take the initiative in bringing about a dissolution. The supreme thought in the apostle's mind throughout this whole section is the relation of the Christian to the Lord. That must be zealously guarded. Everything else must be subservient to it because of the urgency of the Lord's business. The apostle then leaves it to each to make personal settlement of all these difficulties in the light of this supreme relationship.

Let the daughters of the King settle the question of marriage always and only within this sphere, consenting or refusing, according as such action will help or hinder their highest realization of the fulfilment of His glorious purposes.