Somebody Loves You - February 3, 2018

SATURDAY February 3, 2018

Remain Pure

Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy.  I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is: - 1 Corinthians 7:25-26

In the church of Corinth, Paul addressed those who were virgins; they had no sexual contact with anyone. However, there are three different interpretations of the possible situations of these virgins. First, Paul was speaking with a father who had virgin daughters.  Second, Paul was speaking to those who lived under the same roof, but they were not having sex. They slept in different beds which was a common practice in Corinth. Third, Paul was speaking to those who thought they were more spiritual because they were virgins. We really do not know which of these interpretations was used.

Paul encouraged those not married to remain as he was––unmarried. A person who was single could be used to serve the Lord fully––without distractions. Paul gave a young minister, Timothy good advice: Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (I Timothy 4:12).

Single Christians should be set apart for the Lord’s use. It is the Lord’s will for them to stay pure and have self-control over the passion of the flesh:

 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God…

Single Christians should not act like those in the world who do not know God.

A pure heart breathes after purity.
~Thomas Watson~

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