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24. “TO THE MARRIED.”
I Cor. 7.
(AF, January 1908, 3)
In these days, so many deceptive spirits are in the world, that we have felt
impressed by the blessed Holy Spirit to write a letter on the seventh chapter
of First Corinthians, that blessed letter which Paul has sent to the church.
The Corinthian church was one of Paul’s most gifted churches, and just as
it is today, where a church is very gifted, the only safeguard from deceptive
spirits is by rightly dividing the Word of God, to keep out fanaticism. We
may let down on some lines and rise on others, but God wants everything to
be balanced by the Word of God. Paul writing to Timothy (II Tim. 1: 13, 14)
says, “Hold fast the from of sound words which thou has heard of me in faith
and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed
unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” And again he says
(II Tim. 3:14): “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and
hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that
from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make
thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is proﬁtable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” So the Lord God wants
us to search and compare scriptures with scriptures.
This Corinthian church had run into freelovism, and a good many isms.
Great division had arisen in it; it had split into several parts, and Paul had to
settle them down into the Word of God. He writes this letter to them, for
they had got into awful trouble.
Paul tells them in the ﬁrst verse of this chapter to avoid immorality. He
says, “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me, it is good for
a man not to touch a woman. (He does not mean a married man here, he
means a man that is single, as verses 8 and 26 show.) He says in the 7th verse,
“Every man hath his proper gift of God.” And to those that can receive this
gift, Paul writes in verse 8, “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It
is good for them if they abide even as I.” That is to say, by living a single life,
they would have more power in the Spirit. He writes this to the church, to
any who are saved, sanctiﬁed and ﬁlled with the Holy Spirit. Paul thought it
was best, but he showed that everyone had his proper gift of God. So he did
not put any bondage upon the people of Christ, because he had no scripture
He says in the second and third verses, “Nevertheless to avoid fornica-
tion, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own