Summary: 3 of 8. Paul answered the inquiries & clarified the concerns of the Corinthian Christians regarding marriage. How are Christians to maintain God’s intent for marriage? Maintaining God’s intent for marriage(& singleness) demands a concentration upon...
MAINTAINING GOD’s INTENT For MARRIAGE(& Singleness)-III—1Corinthians 7:1-9
(Making Marriage Worthy of its Creator)
Scorpion In Your Tent:
A military recruiter was conducting a service member forum at a local high school in hopes of gaining some fresh military personnel. He wanted the high schoolers to see the benefits of each of the branches of the military. He posed the question of some currently in the service: "What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?"
The Navy man said, “We sleep in the sleeping quarters. But if a scorpion was there, I’d wash it overboard.”
The Soldier said, "I'd crush the scorpion with my boot.”
The Marine said, “I'd catch it, break the stinger off, & eat it.”
The Airforce vet said, “I'd call room service & find out why there's a tent in my room.”
The interviewer intended to highlight the differences between the military branches so the students could better choose the best branch in which to serve.
We must nurture God’s Intent in our marriages!
Paul answered the inquiries & clarified the concerns of the Corinthian Christians regarding marriage.
Christians maintain God’s intent/design for marriage.
How do/can Christian couples maintain God’s intent for marriage?
6 focal points for Christians regarding marriage.
We have found that Maintaining God’s intent for marriage(& singleness) demands a concentration upon...
1. His DIRECTIVES(:1)
2. His LIMITATIONs(:2)
3—Maintaining God’s intent for marriage(& singleness) demands a concentration upon...
1Cor. 7:3—“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, & likewise also the wife to her husband.”
Both the husband & wife each have a sexual ‘duty’ or kindness to fulfill toward their spouse. For anyone to teach otherwise is blasphemous of God’s designed intent!
*This is not merely mutual ‘consent’, but rather a mutual ‘good thought’(eunoia) toward one another’s betterment.
3a--Lit.=“Let the husband due benevolence render”
“When a couple’s love for one another is compelled of God’s Holy Spirit, then they have chosen to give voice & place to God in & through their marital relationship.”
Sometimes your infatuation with your spouse takes a backseat to other things...other real obligations/commitments—Occupation(on-call, manager, owner), Children(of all ages), Church, Diapers, Homework, Meal preparation, Laundry, Yard maintenance, Car-Truck maintenance, Cleaning, Vacuuming, Sweeping, School, House repair, etc.
But it’s important to keep these things in proper perspective so that none of them takes attention away from your spouse. Husband & wife are one flesh(Gen. 2:24), & thus must function as a single body...Not merely as a team of two.
Nurture your marriage! And remember that God put you two together ‘before’ you had children! The two of you are still ‘an item!’
Wedding vows(2018)—for the man—“Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live as one flesh after God’s ordinance within the holy estate of matrimony? Do you commit yourself to securing her fulfillment & completion? Will you cleave to her, love her, honor her, comfort her, uphold her, & keep her in health & in sickness, in prosperity & in adversity, & forsaking all others, keep yourself only for her, so long as you both shall live?...Do you?...Response: I do”—& likewise for the woman.
“Let...Render/Let...Fulfill”—apodidwmi—Verb—Lit.=‘Give away from’—1) To deliver, to give away for one's own profit what is one's own, to sell; 2) To pay off, discharge what is due—2a) A debt, wages, tribute, taxes, produce due, 2b) Things promised under oath, 2c) Conjugal duty, 2d) To render account; 3) To give back, restore; 4) To requite, recompense in a good or a bad sense. Strong—To give away, i.e. Up, over, back, etc.(in various applications).?From—apo—1) Of separation—“From.” Strong—a primary particle; “Off,” i.e. Away(from something near), in various senses(of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative).—&—didwmi—1) To give; 2) To give something to someone; 3) To give—3a) To cause, profuse, give forth from one's self, 3b) To appoint to an office, 3c) To cause to come forth, i.e. as the sea, death & Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them, 3d) To give one to someone as his own; 4) To grant or permit one—4a) To commission. Strong—To give(used in a very wide application, properly, or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).
“Husband”2X(See :2, 4, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 34, 39)—anhr—Noun Masc.—1) with reference to sex—1a) Of a male, 1b) Of a husband, 1c) Of a betrothed or future husband; 2) With reference to age, & to distinguish an adult man from a boy; 3) Any male; 4) Used generically of a group of both men & women. Strong—A man(properly as an individual male).
*“Affection/Duty”—eunoia—Noun Fem.—Lit.=‘Good Thinking/Mind/Meaning’—1) Good will, kindness. Strong—Kindness; euphemism--Conjugal duty. Used 2X. Here & Eph. 6:7.?From—eu—neuter of a primary euv(good); adverbially--Well.—&—nouv—The intellect, i.e. Mind(divine or human; in thought, feeling, or will); by implication--Meaning.