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The Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
This week we continue our study focusing on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
Today we are talking about Keeping the Commandments of God Is Everything.
1 Corinthians 7:19 NKJV
19 “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.”
1 Corinthians 7:1-40 NKJV
Principles of Marriage
1 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
Keep Your Marriage Vows
10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
11 But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.
13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
Live as You Are Called
17 But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.
18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.
22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
To the Unmarried and Widows
25 Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is:
27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife.
28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,
30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,
31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
32 But I want you to be without [b]care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord.
33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.
34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband.
35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
36 But if any man thinks he is behaving improperly toward his virgin, if she is past the flower of youth, and thus it must be, let him do what he wishes. He does not sin; let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he who stands steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but has power over his own will, and has so determined in his heart that he will keep his [e]virgin, does well.
38 So then he who gives her in marriage does well, but he who does not give her in marriage does better.
39 A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment—and I think I also have the Spirit of God.
In Jesus name we pray.
The text of this message leaps from the pages of God’s Word.
It is a diamond buried in the mountains of great truth.
Paul entered into a discussion of Christianity as it relates to life problems.
In connection with his discussion, he mentioned that the thing that really matters in relation to all other concerns is keeping the law of God.
This is seeing the matters of circumcision, marriage, divorce, and all other areas of life.
- The most important law to obey is to have saving faith.
Paul commanded that one believe on the name of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Faith is necessary to please God and for justification.
It is necessary to receive answered prayers, to be assured of God’s blessings, and to obtain from everlasting life.
Faith binds together things on earth with things of heaven.
Faith is a person’s reliance on the heavenly Father for all of their earthly life as well as life beyond.
2. Laws to obey are the laws related to 1 Corinthians 7.
Laws concerning the marriage relationship are laws to obey, 1 Corinthians 7:3-16
Marriage is the fundamental institution of society.
Husbands and wives have specific duties toward each other.
Divorce is forbidden except when a non believing spouse leaves their Christian marriage partner or because of adultery.
The Christian partner should strive to win the non Christian spouse.
Laws concerning the use of divine gifts are laws to obey, 1 Corinthians 7:17.
Paul said in Ephesians 4:1 t “walk worthy of the vocation where you are called.”
So obedience to the law also applies to your vocation in life.
Commandments involving the things of the world are laws to obey, 1 Corinthians 7:29-34.
Things of the world are temporary and will pass away.
They are not worth distraction from the Lord.
3. The third consideration is the reason for obeying the laws of God.
We should reflect on all God has done for us.
Out of appreciation for redemption from sin, we should be diligent in obeying the commandments of God.
Out of appreciation for His blessings upon us, we should keep His commandments.
We should reflect on the fact that every commandment the Lord has given is for our own good.
This applies to every facet of life, 1 John 5:3, 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
The laws of God are designed for our good.
They are laid out in the Bible in such a way that each of us can understand them.
Keeping God’s commandments is vital to our earthly well being and eternal happiness.
Until next time
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