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BIBLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
BIBLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE TRUTH AND BIBLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE CONSEQUENCES
Pleased to have you back again for more Daily Bread. Aren't you glad that we
have the writings of the New Testament to guide us along our Christian walk?
Think of how difficult it must have been for the early Christians to find
out things that we take for granted are at our fingertips any time we want
to know them.
The Corinthians indeed did have questions about how to live in their new Faith
and they wrote to Paul asking for his advice even on Bible
Divorce and Remarriage. Paul answers their Bible
Divorce and Remarriage questions
in this part of his letter. We don't know exactly what their Bible
Divorce and Remarriage questions were,
because all we have are Paul's answers in Chapters 7 & 8, but we can make a
pretty good guess.
If you'll remember back to the book of Acts when Christianity was first being
introduced to the Gentiles, the Jewish leaders wanted to impose their laws
on the Gentiles, but Paul and Barnabas, among others, strongly disagreed
with this idea, so James suggested that they only require that the Gentiles
abstain from pollutions of (meat offered to) idols, fornication,
things strangled, and from blood
15:20-29. It bears mentioning that this was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
WHAT DO THE BIBLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE VERSES SAY AND HOW DOES THE BIBLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE TRUTH AFFECT YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK?
In Verse 1 of this chapter, the
first thing Paul suggests about the Bible Divorce and Remarriage laws is that it's good for a man not to touch a woman
... This actually means "live in marriage with." But let's look ahead a bit
to Verse 26 ... Paul says that it is good "for the present distress". At
that time, Christians were being persecuted heavily, so one might assume
that he meant, "for the time being, because Paul himself also teaches us
Paul also teaches us ...
1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines
of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared
with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from
meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them
which believe and know the truth.
So we know that
Paul believes that forbidding to marry is a sign of those who have fallen
from the faith, so this isn't to say that it isn't right to marry, it's
just Paul's preference, and he makes it clear in Verse 7, 17 and 24, that
every man has his own calling from God and should be content with it and
conduct himself so as to be a credit to it, whether that be Jewish or
Gentile, slave or free or any other circumstance. In other words, whatever the Lord has assigned to you,
accept it joyfully and put it to use in your life. Serve Him with the gifts
He has bestowed upon you. Paul also gives us his advice (not the Lord's
commandment, he points out) about taking care of business (so to speak) at
home so as to avoid infidelity.
He then goes on to say in his delivery about Bible Divorce and Remarriage
that to avoid fornication, people should marry, because it's better
to marry than to burn. Does this mean to burn in Hell? Heaven's no ... It
means burning with desire.
The next part of this chapter discusses Bible Divorce and Remarriage rules,
and I'd like to direct you to our Bible Divorce and Remarriage study that expounds on this
Bible Divorce and Remarriage topic which will clarify many things about what the Bible
says concerning divorce and remarriage.
There is also a program that
expounds on what the Bible teaches concerning marriage:
Let's get back to today's Bible Divorce and Remarriage study ...
Paul continues and sort of sums things up ... A man that is unmarried cares for how he may please the Lord,
but a married man cares for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
The same goes for a woman.
An important thing to remember through all of this Bible
Divorce and Remarriage laws and Bible Divorce and Remarriage
rules is the part about remaining
in your calling from God. Remember that your purpose in life is to glorify
Him. Confide in Him. Ask Him what direction He wants
you to take and what paths to go down in your life. Search for His answers.
Start out with small things, so that when a big decision comes around,
you'll know how to seek His answer. Maybe a period of prayer before you ask
may help you to recognize His answer better. Maybe you'll find His answer in
the Word. Maybe He'll show you in a completely different way. Maybe you like
to write it in your journal to Him. His plans for you are the only ones that
will truly make you happy, so why not ask Him what they are?
It looks like we'll find out in the next chapter that one of the questions that the Corinthians asked Paul was
concerning things offered to idols. Don't forget that Corinth was in Greece,
where idol worship was prevalent before Christianity ... That's where
mythology originated. Hope you'll join us
soon and we'll find out how Paul advises them, right here in the next Daily Bread.
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