|1 Corinthians 7:8-9,24-35 |
8 I say therefore to the unmarried people and widows: It is good for them if they remain single, as I am.
9 But if they do not have self-control, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn [in lust].1 [Do not assume that marriage will cure your lust for sex with others in general. See the footnote below for these two verses.]
24 Brethren, let every man, in whatever position he is called, remain in it with God.2
25 Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command from the Lord; yet I give my judgment, as one who by the mercy of the Lord is made trustworthy.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress — that it is good for a person to remain as he is.
27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a maiden marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh as I am trying to spare you. [The trouble in the flesh is the distraction of trying to please your spouse, which can conflict with your seeking the Kingdom as your highest priority in life; or when the kingdom is attained, being unable to attend upon the Lord without distraction, (verse 35 below). He who is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife, (verse 33 below). ]
29 But this I say, brothers, the time is short.3 From now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; [To be as though you have no wife means to stand apart from your wife, uninvolved in her affairs and desires.]
30 And those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess;
31 And those who use this world, as though not absorbed by it and with indifference; for the present form of this world passes away.4 [You are to be in the world but not of the world. From the Word of the Lord within: "Stand apart from this fast paced world; you can't be in it." Friendship with the world, (and people of the world), is enmity with God. James 4:4. When you enter the Kingdom, the world passes away to your sight and consciousness.]
32 But I would have you without worries and cares. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
33 But he who is married cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and an unmarried maiden. 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.
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I restrain you, but for what is pleasing, and that you may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
4 those who use this world, as though not absorbed by it and with indifference.
You are to be in the world but not of the world. From the Word of the Lord within: "Stand apart from this fast paced world; you can't be in it." Friendship with the world (and people of the world), is enmity with God. James 4:4. You are to be polite to everyone, to be at peace with everyone, but you should not be socializing with them; their conduct and conversation will corrupt you. Even at work, where you are obviously associated with people of the world, you should not join in their useless conversations. The things of the world we use include the tools of our trade, our computer, our cars, our house, etc.; these we use, but we are not in love with them, and we are ready to part with anything the Lord clearly commands, recognizing that he only commands us to part with those things that we would dearly miss if gone. If your profession requires you to use things that are not ordinary, even luxurious, from the Word of the Lord within, "It is no sin to enjoy the comforts of life necessary for your occupation."
- The time is past when you walked according to the ways of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan], which is the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience; among whom we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind; and were by nature the children of wrath and the object of His indignation, just as the rest of mankind. Eph 2:2-3
- You should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time that is past is sufficient for us to have done what the Gentiles do, when we walked in sensuality, lusts, excess of wine, reveling [partying], banqueting, and abominable idolatries [wanting or valuing anything as much as, or more than God] . 1 Pet 4:2-3
- Therefore, this I say and testify in the Lord, that from this time forward you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind; having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness. Eph 4:17-19
- Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
for the present form of this world passes away.
The world, seen through your eyes, by natural light, disappears when you enter the kingdom of heaven, where you walk by the light of God, seeing through the eyes of God only, the eyes of your heart; and what you see is only what you are shown by God what to do. The world passes away and disappears, along with its desires and lusts. 1 John 2:17.