1 Corinthians 7:17-23
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- "Duty," Comparative World Scriptures from United Communities of Spirit.
- From the Geneva Notes.
- "Taking occasion by that which he said of the bondage and liberty of matrimony, he digresses to a general doctrine concerning the outward state and condition of man's life, as circumcision and uncircumcision, servitude and liberty. And he warns every man generally to live with a contented mind in the Lord, whatever state or condition he is in, because those outward things, as to be circumcised or uncircumcised, to be bond or free, are not of the substance (as they call it) of the kingdom of heaven."
- "Our comfort and happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world."
- "But as God hath distributed - The various stations of life, and various relations, to every one, let him take care to discharge his duty therein. The gospel disannuls none of these."
- From the Commentary on the Whole Bible
(Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871).
- "Or, But if there be no hope of gaining over the unbeliever, still let the general principle be maintained, "As the Lord hath allotted to each, as God hath called each, so let him walk" (so the Greek in the oldest reading); let him walk in the path allotted to him and wherein he was called. The heavenly calling does not set aside our earthly callings."
- From The
People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.
- "Christ has bought each alike, ransomed them from the bondage of sin with his blood, and bound them to his service as his own."
- Contemporary Commentary, Studies and Exegesis:
- Articles & Background:
Ascetic Impulse in Ancient Christianity,"
Vincent L. Wimbush, Union Theological Seminary. Theology Today,
- "In the end, the matter is about perspective: whether Christianity's ancient legacy should be read as an admittedly complicated development toward the embracing of the world or as a struggle to sustain resistance."
- "Who Should Be Called Father? Paul of Tarsus between the Jesus Tradition and Patria Potestas," S. Scott Bartchy, Biblical Theology Bulletin, 2003.
- "The Ascetic Impulse in Ancient Christianity," Vincent L. Wimbush, Union Theological Seminary. Theology Today, October, 1993.
- Recommended articles from ATLAS, an online collection of religion and theology journals, are linked below. ATLAS Access options are available for academic institutions, alumni of selected theological schools, and clergy/church offices.
- Review: Will Deming, Paul on Marriage & Celibacy: The Hellenistic Background of 1 Corinthians 7. Eerdmans, 2004. Review by Brent Smith in SBL's Review of Biblical Literature.
- With Children:
- "What Are You Worth?" Charles Kirkpatrick, Sermons4kids.com.
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