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1 Corinthians 7:13-14
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:41:41 PM »
'And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not,
and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife,
and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:
else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.'

(1Co 7:13-14) 

The subject of the application of this verse was put before me recently, and although I thought it had something to do with the law, and applied to the Jew, I could not confidently talk about it. 

I knew it could not have reference to salvation, because that requires a personal belief in the Lord Jesus Christ: so, in what way was the unbelieving partner, 'sanctified' (or, 'set apart') by the believing partner? Also, why was 'unceanness' spoken of in relation to the children of that relationship? and how were they made 'holy' by having a believing parent?

Today, I have found reference to it, in a book I have on the early epistles of Paul, and have been informed,in relation to this verse, that the uncleanness was a ceremonial uncleanness and Haggai 2:11-13 was referred to as an example:-

'Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,
"If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment,
and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine,
 or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? "
And the priests answered and said, "No."
Then said Haggai,
"If one that is unclean by a dead body
touch any of these, shall it be unclean?"
And the priests answered and said,
"It shall be unclean."'


In Old Testament times, a Jew, being joined in marriage to a foreigner, would have resulted in uncleanness, and being cut-off from the covenant relationship.  Paul is saying in this verse that this does not apply in the case described: and there was always the possibility that the believing partner may be instrumental in bringing the unbelieving partner to salvation (v.16).

So, this would appear to have no application to a gentile relationship. Yet there are those who do apply this to the unequal relationship today: believing that the unbeliever in the relationship is sanctified by the partner who believes, and the children also.

In Christ Jesus
Cariad


 



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Re: 1 Corinthians 7:13-14
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 04:33:01 PM »
Paul is addressing a very mixed group of Christians, some were from a jewish background, while others from a pagan greek/roman background.
There would have been those from a pagan background or jewish where one partner was a Christian and the other wasn't.
Paul is telling them to stay together.

It does apply to married couples today as today one will come to faith while the other doesn't.

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Re: 1 Corinthians 7:13-14
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2017, 04:43:42 PM »
Paul is addressing a very mixed group of Christians, some were from a jewish background, while others from a pagan greek/roman background.
There would have been those from a pagan background or jewish where one partner was a Christian and the other wasn't.
Paul is telling them to stay together.

It does apply to married couples today as today one will come to faith while the other doesn't.

Hello @John

Yes, they were made up of Jew and Gentile.  However only the Jew could have had issues such as this verse addresses surely, for only they would know or understand about the laws regarding ceremonial cleanliness and holiness.  The gentile believer, though grafted into the olive tree of Israel, had never been under the law.

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Cariad



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Re: 1 Corinthians 7:13-14
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2017, 04:58:45 PM »
All christians would have had to deal with verse as I said.
Where one of a pagan couple became Christian, they were to stay with their partner, ditto if one of a jewish couple became Christian.

If the pagan or jewish partner was prepared to stay married to a Christian, then the Christian partner was not to leave the non christian partner.

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Re: 1 Corinthians 7:13-14
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2017, 05:24:08 PM »
Hi
Cariad said

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I knew it could not have reference to salvation, because that requires a personal belief in the Lord Jesus Christ: so, in what way was the unbelieving partner, 'sanctified' (or, 'set apart') by the believing partner? Also, why was 'unceanness' spoken of in relation to the children of that relationship? and how were they made 'holy' by having a believing parent?   

Jest had a thought about this which is when a man and a woman marry they become one flesh as did Adam and Eve so in the eyes of God they are one and as such God sees them as a believer they are not two separate persons but one this is for the sake of the believer.

As for the children they are born holy because God sees the parents as holy that's not to say the children cannot go astray later in life.

Love and Peace
Dave