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How God makes us glad in a troubled world.
Psalms 90
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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Time is short, how should we live?
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
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Published December 23rd, 2015
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Arc - 1 Cor 7:26-31
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How do I walk the line between the blessings and responsibilities of this life, and the expectation of eternity? (This is part 1 of 3 on 1 Corinthians 7:26-35.) Our time in this age is short, and the pressing concerns of the age will soon pass away. We see this truth specifically emphasized in verses 29b and 31c of 1 Corinthians 7 . (We know from the book of Matthew that many people will not be ready (Matt 24:38-39)). These realities should moderate our emotions and approach to all areas of life. In this context, Paul gives extended attention to the topic of marriage. It is good, morally and practically, for people to stay as they are. The married should not seek release, and the single should not seek a spouse. If the single marry they have not sinned, but they should know that marriage will bring ‘trouble’. The word used for ‘trouble’ is elsewhere translated ‘tribulation’ and ‘affliction’– marriage has the potential to bring real pain. Paul knows this, despite not being married himself, and would spare the unmarried from it. Marriage should not be the focus of our lives (v 29d-e), and those with wives should live “as though they had none”. We each have a certain amount of time remaining in this life. Whether your marriage and work is hard or easy, do not let them cause you to forget that your time is short, and eternity is near. P.S. Consider also Phil 4:12-13 and Phil 3:8 for another factor that moderated Paul's day to day approach to life. That is, Paul had come to count all things as loss compared to the exceeding worth of knowing Christ Jesus ( Phil 3:8 ). This reality moderated his response (caused him to be content) in all circumstances. See also Luke 14:26 .
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1413625531129 Thoughts 1450117193 1450895025 How do I walk the line between the blessings and responsibilities of this life, and the expectation of eternity? (This is part 1 of 3 on 1 Corinthians 7:26-35.) Our time in this age is short, and the pressing concerns of the age will soon pass away. We see this truth specifically emphasized in verses 29b and 31c of 1 Corinthians 7 . (We know from the book of Matthew that many people will not be ready (Matt 24:38-39)). These realities should moderate our emotions and approach to all areas of life. In this context, Paul gives extended attention to the topic of marriage. It is good, morally and practically, for people to stay as they are. The married should not seek release, and the single should not seek a spouse. If the single marry they have not sinned, but they should know that marriage will bring ‘trouble’. The word used for ‘trouble’ is elsewhere translated ‘tribulation’ and ‘affliction’– marriage has the potential to bring real pain. Paul knows this, despite not being married himself, and would spare the unmarried from it. Marriage should not be the focus of our lives (v 29d-e), and those with wives should live “as though they had none”. We each have a certain amount of time remaining in this life. Whether your marriage and work is hard or easy, do not let them cause you to forget that your time is short, and eternity is near. P.S. Consider also Phil 4:12-13 and Phil 3:8 for another factor that moderated Paul's day to day approach to life. That is, Paul had come to count all things as loss compared to the exceeding worth of knowing Christ Jesus ( Phil 3:8 ). This reality moderated his response (caused him to be content) in all circumstances. See also Luke 14:26 . notes 11450117193827
Arc - 1 Cor 7:26-31
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1 Corinthians 7:26-31
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mine
I think that in view of the present distress
Given the coming crisis (see v29, 31c)
it is good for a person to remain as he is.
therefore it is best for you to stay in your current marital state.
inference
Are you bound to a wife?
That is, if you are tied to a wife
Do not seek to be free.
don't try to be released.
conditional
Are you free from a wife?
Or if you without a wife
Do not seek a wife.
then don't search for a wife
But if you do marry,
if you (man) do get married
you have not sinned,
then you have not sinned
and if a betrothed woman marries,
and if an engaged lady marries
she has not sinned.
then she has not sinned
series
Yet those who marry
But those who get married
will have worldly troubles,
will have real earthly difficulties;
actionresult
and I would spare you that.
and I would not wish you that on you.
ideaexplanation
concessive
ground
alternative
This is what I mean, brothers:
I say this brothers and sisters, because
the appointed time has grown very short.
the your time has become very short.
From now on,
Therefore with your available time,
let those who have wives live
let those who have wives live
as though they had none,
like they did not,
comparison
and those who mourn
and let those who mourn live
as though they were not mourning,
like they were not mourning
and those who rejoice
and those who are happy live
as though they were not rejoicing,
like they were not carried away by it,
and those who buy
and those by buy stuff live
as though they had no goods,
like so as not to be distracted by stuff
and those who deal with the world
and those who do business with the world
as though they had no dealings with it.
like they were not consumed by it
temporal
bilateral
For the present form of this world is passing away.
Because the current form of this world is passing away.
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
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1413625531129 Arc - 1 Cor 7:26-31 1414662139 1450892974 editing NT 46 7 26 7 31 1 Corinthians 7:26-31 esv mine i1457388 i1457389 i1457390 i1457391 i1457361 I think that in view of the present distress Given the coming crisis (see v29, 31c) i1457362 it is good for a person to remain as he is. therefore it is best for you to stay in your current marital state. inference 2 i1457392 i1457393 i1457363 Are you bound to a wife? That is, if you are tied to a wife i1457364 Do not seek to be free. don't try to be released. conditional 2 i1457394 i1457365 Are you free from a wife? Or if you without a wife i1457395 i1457366 Do not seek a wife. then don't search for a wife i1457397 i1457398 i1457367 But if you do marry, if you (man) do get married i1457368 you have not sinned, then you have not sinned conditional 2 i1457399 i1457369 and if a betrothed woman marries, and if an engaged lady marries i1457370 she has not sinned. then she has not sinned conditional 2 series i1457400 i1457401 i1457371 Yet those who marry But those who get married i1457372 will have worldly troubles, will have real earthly difficulties; actionresult 2 i1457373 and I would spare you that. and I would not wish you that on you. ideaexplanation 2 1 i1457411 concessive 2 ground 1 conditional 2 alternative ideaexplanation 1 i1457402 i1457374 This is what I mean, brothers: I say this brothers and sisters, because i1457375 the appointed time has grown very short. the your time has become very short. ideaexplanation 2 i1457403 i1457376 From now on, Therefore with your available time, i1457404 i1457405 i1457377 let those who have wives live let those who have wives live i1457378 as though they had none, like they did not, comparison 1 i1457406 i1457379 and those who mourn and let those who mourn live i1457380 as though they were not mourning, like they were not mourning comparison 1 i1457407 i1457381 and those who rejoice and those who are happy live i1457382 as though they were not rejoicing, like they were not carried away by it, comparison 1 i1457408 i1457383 and those who buy and those by buy stuff live i1457384 as though they had no goods, like so as not to be distracted by stuff comparison 1 i1457409 i1457385 and those who deal with the world and those who do business with the world i1457386 as though they had no dealings with it. like they were not consumed by it comparison 1 series temporal 1 1 bilateral 1 i1457387 For the present form of this world is passing away. Because the current form of this world is passing away. ground 1 The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage. 1 1 1 1 esv 25 mine 25 a 50 70 70 discourse 11414662138602
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