God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 7

June 13, 2012

 
 

Paul’s purpose in writing I Corinthians was to bring correction in some areas and to answer a letter that they had sent to him with questions. So, Paul beginning with chapter 7 is responding to their letter and the questions that they had asked,

Corinth was a very pagan city. On the acropolis (hill of Greek worship)  above Corinth there was a great temple to the goddess Aphrodite, and the temple priestesses would come down into Corinth each evening. They were prostitutes, and the worship of the goddess was supported by the earnings of the prostitutes.  But also in this city God had many people. For when Paul was there in Corinth, the Lord encouraged him, and said, "I have many people in this city." So, Paul established the church there. Some of the problems of the church was in bad teaching or understanding of the Bible.  Some felt that the human body was completely evil, and so that brought two different responses.  First, there were those who said because the body is totally evil it doesn't matter what you do with your body; your body doesn't count. It is your spirit that counts, so you can do with your body whatever you want. It doesn't matter. You can use your body for fornication or whatever you desire, the body is totally evil anyhow, so it doesn't matter what you do with your body. The response of the other to that teaching that the body is totally evil said you shouldn't then do any of those naturals things in the body. Even if you are married you should restrain from relations with your wife, because everything of the body is evil, all of the urges or desires or whatever are evil.   So Paul is dealing here, beginning in chapter 7, with this concept of whether or not as a Christian I should be married, or if I am married should I have intimate relationships with my wife. For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermont.hml