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Devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:25-31)

May 13, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon reveals the necessity and sufficiency of Christ in the midst of hardship. Elder Woodard expounds on the richness and relevance of the Gospel to address the difficulties of life in a sinful world. The focus of this sermon is on the proper response to lifes fatiguing, times fleeting, and Christs forthcoming.

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Life is Fatiguing

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that (1 Corinthians 7:25-28;ESV).

Paul is not so much concerned with marriage in the passage as he is with comforting believers who were suffering in Corinth during the time of his writing. Perhaps these believers were facing a famine, persecution, or both. Thus, Paul encourages them to consider their present distress or hardship before taking on more responsibility.

Time is Fleeting

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:29-31a; ESV).”

Elder Woodard reminds us that time is fleeting in two aspects of life, human life and the return of Jesus Christ. First, everything in the human life is subject to time, from the time in the womb to the time of death (cf. Ecclesiastes 3). More importantly, since Christ was raised from the dead as promised, He will certainly return to make all things new by allowing this world to pass away (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 John 2:15-17; Revelation 21:1, 4).

Christ is Coming

For the present form of this world is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:31b; ESV).”

Meanwhile, what should we do with the time we have until Christ returns? We should put ourselves in the best position to devote ourselves to the Lord Jesus by repenting and believing the Gospel. Jesus Christ endured the hardships of life, giving himself to doing the will of His Father (even unto death). Consequently, God the Father has exalted Him to a position of authority (Luke 2:29; Philippians 2:1-12; Hebrews 12:2).

Are you being unwise in the time God is giving to you?

Life is short and death is all around us and in us (Romans 6:23, 7:24-25). Time is a limited resource, we can reallocate it, but we cannot recreate it. Do not cling to this world. Cling to the Risen Christ who is coming again to judge the world and gather to Himself those whom He has acquitted (Romans 5; 1 John 2:1-6).

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