Bible Polygyny

For I would that all men were even as I myself am. But each has his proper gift from God, one according to this manner and another according to that.
I say therefore to the unmarried and the widows,
It is good for them if they remain even as I.
1Cor.7:7-8

 

The failure to apply the Bible study rules is the cause of lots of confusion in the Christian community. Let us compare the words of our Apostle Paul in 1 Cor.7 and then examine the context.

Here are two passages from Corinthians:
1Co 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself am. But each has his proper gift from God, one according to this manner and another according to that.
1Co 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and the widows, It is good for them if they remain even as I.

And:
1Co 7:34 The wife and the virgin are different. The unmarried woman cares for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
1Co 7:35 And this I speak for your own profit, not that I may cast a snare on you, but for that which is right, and that you may attend on the Lord without distraction.

It is assumed that Paul was single and wanted men to remain as he was. But if this is the case why are  the majority of Christians married? So while ignoring the Apostle in one section of the passage, the majority will quickly attempt to use another section (verse 1) to insist on monogamy. I think we could label this the pick and choose approach.

It is also assumed Christ was single since no record is given of our Lord being married. The writer believes the Lord was not married and will never marry. He is the final seed of the woman and of David and as such is the Head of the redeemed people with dominion on the earth restored through Him and the rightful heir to the throne of His father David. These considerations assure the writer that we are not to use our Lord as an example of marriage structure.

Notice Paul highlighted the fact that the unmarried woman could care for the things of the Lord in Corinthians but we read in this following passage he preferred the widows to remarry to care for the things of her husband. Why it was expedient for the unmarrieds to remain so in Corinthians but marriage is the preference for widows in Timothy;
1Ti 5:14 Therefore I want the younger ones to marry, bear children, guide the house, giving no occasion to the adversary because of reproach.

Those of us who rightly divide the Word of Truth know that the situation as per this verse had passed (write to the webmaster if you wish to know more);
1Co 7:26 Then I think this is good, because of the present necessity; that it is good for a man to be so.

The context off Corinthians was the "present necessity" of the Acts period. A careful reading of Corinthians will show it was "the end of the ages" at the time of writing, not the beginning of anything, the tribulation was in view;
1Co 1:7 so that you come behind in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:8 He shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And:
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened to those people as examples, and they were written for our instruction, to whom the ends of the ages have come. EMTV

1Co 15:51 Let me tell you a secret. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed- ISV

The mind if Paul in Corinthians was for the preservation of the saints of that day during the tribulation, the terrible times of the "fullness of the Gentiles", those ends times of prophecy when the northern Army of the Antichrist stripped the land bare; that day of Jacobs' trouble which was described by the Lord in Matt. 24 as being unmatched in all history for trouble. No wonder the Lord said woe to those who were pregnant and nursing and Paul advised against marriage during that time;
Act 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, calling on them to continue in the faith and that through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom of God.

Corinthians is not the current instruction for marriage. It was instruction as the ends of the ages approached those readers and Paul at that time, it is not instruction for us today.

We are NOT to remain single according to the instructions of Corinthians because the tribulation of that time was postponed and is not upon us Gentiles in this dispensation of the grace of God.

We are not to remain unmarried because of the Lord's "example", He was the seed of the woman and the rightful & ultimate heir to Israel's throne.

We can not argue monogamy from Corinthians or that Christians should be single.

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