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.
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
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
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;
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);
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
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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