Reasons for staying married to an unbeliever. 1 Corinthians 7, 8-9

5th  July 2020

Verses 8 and 9

I suppose if one has self-control it is easier to follow a life of prayer and be like Paul.  Paul knows this is not the case and that passions were running high in the Church at Corinth and for those people both male and female it is good for them to get married but not to forget about the importance of prayer and putting aside time to follow Christ in humble obedience.

 

To those in married states

Paul moves on and brings up various situations of the unmarried and those that possibly might get married, or those who have authority of their children getting married.  Let us make a list of relationships that will carry on to the end of chapter 7 verse 16

  1. The wife should not leave her husband.
  2. The husband shouldn’t leave his wife.
  3. The unbelieving husband can stay married.
  4. The unbelieving wife can stay married.
  5. The children will remain holy.

 

So, Paul writes;

10 But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband 11 (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.
12 But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. 1 Corinthians 7:10-13 NASB

Here Paul gives instructions and commands. At this point he hasn’t explained why. Partners in marriage male or female should stay with the marriage partner. However, the unbelieving member is free to walk away if they so choose.

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