March 20, 2022
1 Corinthians 7-8
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Day 078: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: 1 Corinthians 8:9
The first place to begin in understanding God’s word is to seek His true meaning of our study. Take a few minutes to ask God to guide you through our study of 1 Corinthians 7-8. Read 1 Corinthians 7-8. Let’s journey!
Commentary: The Corinthians had asked Paul a specific question about marriage and sexual immorality. Paul reminds the Corinthians that they must ultimately answer to the Lord for their sins, therefore they should flee from all sin. Paul personally believes it is better for the believer to remain unmarried if the believer can keep his passions under control. Paul understands that marriage requires work and that time is time taken away from service to God. Paul acknowledges that marriage is not a sin. The believers of Corinth were getting divorced to devote more time to the Lord – which would be a sin since adultery is the only acceptable ground for divorce in God’s eyes. Paul made it clear that believers are to marry believers. That those who marry unbelievers are to remain married, even if the unbeliever decides to live apart from the believer. Paul understood what the people of Corinth did not; God places a heavy burden on remaining married, making infidelity the only acceptable reason for divorce.
Paul instructs the Corinthian Jews and Gentiles to come to Christ as they were. Circumcised or uncircumcised, faith is not about ritual, it is about having Jesus dwelling in their hearts. The Apostle Paul concludes with instructions to widows and virgins and speaks about eating food that has been sacrificed to idols, and, more deeply, how mature Christians handle the freedoms given them through their faith in Jesus.
Focus Verse: 1 Corinthians 8:9 – Although talking about a specific topic, the advice in this verse can be applied to everyone’s everyday life. How can you apply it? Are you a stumbling block?
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