1 Corinthians 7:31 – September 7, 2022

those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:31 NABRE
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In his letter to the Corinthians Paul is addressing many topics almost as though he is responding to a list of questions he received from the community. In this small section with the quoted verse he is discussing essentially celibacy, marriage and how to live for the Lord. Paul’s response is somewhat unexpected, he doesn’t address these topics from the perspective of what is best for the individual, the community or God, but in the context of a changing world. Paul says the present world is passing away. He does not describe or perhaps does not know what the world will look like afterwards but he is aware enough to advise community members from making any changes in their life until they understand the new earth.

Paul is convinced the message of Christ is so powerful it will sweep through the world and people will be overwhelmingly different. Marriage, a witness to the type of love God wants us to aspire toward, may not be necessary because everyone will love everyone as God loves everyone. Paul expects greed, selfishness, jealousy and other acts of a worldly nature will be eliminated and all will live in a heavenly spirit. The new world will be a heavenly world, and spousal love will be predominant. It hasn’t yet worked out this way, but we still have hope.

Do you have hope for a new world? Are you working toward a world with a heavenly spirit?

Paul is convinced the message of Christ is so powerful it will sweep through the world and people will be overwhelmingly different. The new world will be a heavenly world, and spousal love will be predominant. Click To Tweet

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