consequences of commitment

March 2016 (30)

1 Corinthians 7:25-28

1Co 7:25 But as to your question about those yet unmarried, I do not have a specific command from the Lord, but I can give an opinion as one who is faithful by the Lord’s mercy.

1Co 7:26 I think then that this is good in light of the present crisis, that it is good for a man to stay as he is.

1Co 7:27 Are you already committed to a woman? Do not try to get out of the commitment. Are you free of any obligation to a woman? Do not look for a wife.

1Co 7:28 But if you marry, you have not sinned, and if an unmarried woman marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will experience distress in this life, and I am trying to prevent you from experiencing that.


consequences of commitment


This is one of the times where Paul makes it clear that his advice is more tied to his current context, so exegetes need to be more careful not to turn the advice into ecclesiastical law.  But Paul’s purpose is to try to get those considering marriage to recognize the consequences of that commitment.  He thinks it is better for Corinthians who are of marriage age to remain unmarried, because of “the present crisis.”


The  general principle we can glean from this text is that the fewer commitments we make, the freer we will be to pursue kingdom life.  For those of us who have already committed ourselves to life with another person, the choice has been made, and we should honour that commitment.  In some cases, a life without a marriage partner is a less stressful one.


LORD, give us wisdom when we consider our life commitments.



About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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