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February 15, 2015

The lesson on February 15, 2015 was part 18 of the “First Corinthians” study.  This passage in Corinthians is not popular because it seems to endorse slavery, when posing the question “Art thou called being a servant?”  When Paul is responding to an issue from the Corinthian church regarding if a servant is made free, use your new freedom to serve the Lord more abundantly.  We also learn that Paul’s advice regarding virginity and marriage is in the context of the Acts period, where the “time was short” because if Israel had repented and accepted Jesus as Messiah, it would had ushered in the end times.  This did not happen since Israel rejected Jesus and the final judgement was given at Acts 28:28.  PAul then reveals something new and that calling is for us today.  The scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 7:21-27 KJV 

“21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. 25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.”




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From the Study: First Corinthians