Did Paul Say That It Was Good Not To Marry?

 

Discover why Paul said it was good not to marry.

 The question concerning whether or not, brother Paul actually said that it was good not to marry, has been answered in the Holy Scriptures.


 In the book of 1 Corinthians 7:8, brother Paul said, "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I."


 A brief look into the biography of brother Paul will reveal that he was a single who was focused on the preaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.


 Ideally, Paul was a missionary and an Evangelist of the Gospel of Grace. Probably, his being single was intentionally to avoid distractions from family affairs while keeping focus on edifying the church in the knowledge of God (my opinion).


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 Did Paul say that it was good not to marry? 

 From where we read in 1 Corinthians 7:8, it is true that Paul actually said that it was good not to marry.


  His words according to the King James Version of the Bible goes this way, "...It is good for them if they abide even as I.


 The 'I' at the end of the statement is significant to his person. Remember, Paul was an unmarried Apostle and brother in Christ who actually didn't get married.


 So by applying to his person, he told them it was good for them to remain single.


 But it is worth nothing that in the next verse, he cleared the air and brought clarify to certain questions that may come to mind.


 Brother Paul further said, "But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn." (1 Corinthians 7:9).


 The question now is, Why did Paul say that it was good not to marry?


Why Did Paul Say It Was Good Not To Marry?

 First of all, I would like us to consider what Paul said before he made the statement that it was good not to marry.


 In 1 Corinthians 7:6, brother Paul admitted that what he said was his own suggestion when he said, "But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment."


 To make it more clearer, he said it wasn't a commandment. In real sense, Paul was only making his personal suggestion, especially to the unmarried or singles to which he was ministering.


 The reason whatsoever is personified in the purpose of his calling. Take not of what he said in verse 17 of the same chapter.


 "But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches." ~ 1 Corinthians 7:17.


 Also, consider verse 20 of the same chapter where Paul also said, "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called."


 With these and a further study of the very passage with the verses that follows, it is clear that Paul was intentional about having everyone remain in the calling of the Lord without giving into any form of distractions whatsoever.


 Seeing the possibilities of marriage taking the focus and attention of the single servant in the Lord, he rather that such should remain single.


 In the same manner said he to the married, to remain married. But if you noticed, he didn't force it on anyone. It was no rule but his simple suggestion.



©Joseph Edem Bassey


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Joseph Edem Bassey

I am Joseph Edem Bassey, an author of positive life changing and informing books; a writer, singer and minister of the Gospel. Living to inspire my world with my God given vision: the vision of Positive Change and Acknowledgment (PCA). Writing to change my world, positively, while I sing to lift souls to the glory of God.

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