We belong to Him wherever He calls us; For, as Paul tells us in verses 22, he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lords freedman. He has kept those relations in place for a reason. )1 Corinthians 7:21, ESV Paul is saying that change, as good as it is and as much as you should pursue it if you can, that change is unnecessary in light of what we are called to in Christ. This may be correct, but I find it hard to accept since the principle he is illustrating is expressed in v. 20 as "Everyone should remain in the state in which he was called," and in verse 24 as "In whatever state each was called, there let him remain with God." But this was not the calling Paul had in mind. (2) If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast aboutbut not before God. 1 Corinthians 7:19, ESV Respond to Gods effectual call through faith in Jesus. Even in there God made a way that he powerfully calls us out of ourselves and open our eyes to see Jesus and how good and glorious and radiant he is. Bloom Where You're Planted. 3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal . I think Paul himself might be a good example for us in this. We abide in Christ now, so that when he appears with all his holy angels and all the armies of Heaven, we wont be frightened. 18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? It deals with the single lifestyle and what if offers compares to the marriage. Those arent even the right questions to ask.Instead we need to ask how do I serve Christ and others here, right now in these relationships, in these circumstances that God has put me? 3903 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 The fact were urged to stay in the place we were when God called us does not mean that thats where God will always keep us. And note one more thing. What wonderful news that is! Application. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. This is my rule for all the churches. Now that they were made new on the inside, did their condition as married people also need to change? 7 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: "It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman." 2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. Now, notice that later on in verse twenty-one, God doesnt prohibit slaves from leaving their circumstances. Its not that we have a different Bible and the infallible word of God is just open to interpretation. 2) Even before our salvation God worked for our good. We begin to treat our daily responsibilities and duties more seriously. Someone was just as able to be called to God through Christand to live for Jesus just as faithfullyin a state of slavery as much as in a state of freedom. This is all made clear in 1 Corinthians 1. He says if you have an opportunity to gain your freedom, avail yourself of that opportunity. This is the same point he was making with cultural differences like circumcision: Were you uncircumcised? And what we all need to hear is that what lies most on the heart of God is not whether we move from one to the other, but whether in our present work we are enjoying God's promised presence and obeying his commands in the way we do our work. But as you see, Zacchaeus didnt remain in that sinful lifestyle any longer. Paul then learned of divisions . You dont need to change your social status, just respond right now and repent in faith. As a Jewish man, he would never have been indifferent to the covenant sign that God gave to his ancestor Abraham. And now, as we continue our study in 1 Corinthians 7, we find that this was not just a principle meant only for marriage. Thats the most important thing. To every person. What a wonderful way it is that God places us in a ready-made mission field in which to serve Him as His new creation ambassadors for Christ! They are made brand new on the inside. What did I say, what didnt I say? . Your job is to search the scriptures and ask how this speaks into the general principles as you are praying for illumination. And likewise, the non-Jewish follower of Jesus was encouraged to remain non-Jewish and live for Jesus in that condition. Thats not what Im saying.The Bible talks about how husbands should relate to wives, but the Bible doesnt tell Jacob how he should relate to Allison. Seek the illumination of the Holy Spirit as you evaluate assignments and opportunities. In our last time together, we talked about Pauls answer to this important question from 1 Corinthians 7:12-14. In other words, don't make such a big deal out of whether you are circumcised or not, or whether you are white or black or red or Swedish. He used circumcision and slavery as illustrations to describe God's sovereignty over the social and religious barriers of his day. The word "calling" here refers to vocation or station in life. Now; this fundamental principle is given to us in three verses. One of the questions that they asked had to do with their marriages. Were on a mission to change that. First Corinthians 7:17-24 expands on Paul's rule of thumb: that Christians should remain in whatever situation they were in when they came to faith in Christ. Amen. Paul is a very unfashionable thinker and, therefore, eternally relevant. When you are called to Christ, even as a bondservant you dont belong to your master but to the Lord. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) The Holy Spirit living in us helps us to walk through life in a new way. The principle that Paul had already taught in relation to marriage is here mentioned clearly three times. O God, give me the grace to obey your commandments, which I know are all summed up in this, to love my neighbor as myself. You have to look at what the scriptures teach, and you have to ask for Gods illumination to see how that relates to what is in front of me. The translation problem in verse 21 is really tough. He wrote; For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God (Romans 2:28-29). Never mind. And for those of us who have already trusted Him, lets walk as a faithful Christian in the place of life where God has called us to Himself. Stay Where You're Called (1 Corinthians 7:17-24) In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Father make us steeped in the scriptures, not so we can just spit out the right answers without thinking to complicated questions, but so that you can frame the way that we are thinking and wrestling with you in prayer. 11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.1 Corinthians 7:11, ESV Now obviously, staying in that place in which He called us assumes that it is not an inherently sinful place. We will pervert Paul's teaching and miss his intention if we take the sentence, "Let the uncircumcised not be circumcised" (verse 18), and make it an absolute prohibition of cultural adaptations. How do you know if they are good or if you should pursue them? John 7:1-13, 40-52 Study Guide: What's the Deal with Jesus? It may be that He calls us to that place for the initial stages of our walk with Him; and all so that He can train us for what He has for us in the future. The things we used to love to do, we no longer want to do. Never mind. 44:54. Now, dear brothers and sisters; how do we apply this principle? Sermon Central Share a Sermon; Try PRO Free; Help; Sign In; Sermon . Caleb Greggsen pastors an English-speaking church in Central Asia. Paul says, white is nothing, black is nothing, red is nothing, yellow is nothing, but keeping God's commandments is everything; therefore, don't try to switch cultures. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 Live as You Are Called 17 Only let each person lead the life3 lthat the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. You were bought with a price. I think it is true in the final analysis that this is not an absolute prohibition of accepting freedom, anymore that verse 18 was an absolute prohibition of circumcision. Dont be anxious about your assignment in life. Yet he realized that was the greatest joy that he had. You would be functionally a slave, yet what an honorable position working for that great politician. How do I sort through my own mixed emotions when Im trying to make decisions on how to live in the various circumstances of my life? Search the scriptures, but not for an answer. Genesis 5:22-24 Again, in verse eleven Apollos then went to Achaia (of which Corinth was the capitol) where he gave a powerful witness to the messiahship of Jesus (Acts 18:24-28). We wonder if the grass is greener or if our good shepherd might be leading us to greener pasture syndrome. How to Survive the Last Days, Part 3 - 1 Corinthians 16:17-24. He also gives us some illustrations of what this principle should look like in some specific cases. Rather, the Jewish follower of the Jewish traditions who came to Christ was encouraged to remain in the cultural traditions in which he was called, and to live faithfully for Jesus in it. Confirming the Witness of Christ. This is a very important principle. Quietness Of Spirit . Remain, if you are free as you are. We often use the word "calling" to refer to our vocation: my calling is to be a homemaker; my calling is to be a salesman; etc. God can save you and make you clean. No, Paul says this is my rule in all the churches. You dont need an objective ruling, you need illumination. Any duration. Please answer His call. Let him not be circumcised. Even though he or she may claim to be a Christian, but does he or she really love Jesus? In verses 17-24, we see that Paul applies this principle to all of life. In the process, the theological reason for it will emerge also. Your Job as Ministry. Do you remember the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19? A man who lived his life doing very menial tasks and he started this mental, spiritual exercise whereas he was doing menials tasks he tried to remember that he was in the presence of God and spending his life praying. Gods Calling Transcends Vertical Assignments 1 Corinthians 7:17-24, ESV Then and only then may circumcision (as Paul implies in Romans 2:25) and other cultural distinctives become beautiful, in a very secondary and derivative way as expressions of the obedience of faith. God looked upon us when we were dead in our sins and trespasses, when we were nonresponsive to God. Here begins our text in 1 Corinthians 7:17. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. One of the problems in the church at Corinth was the uncertainty about how faith in Christ should affect the ordinary relationships of human life. The second is opportunity, I see this word in verse twenty-one. a. Was anyone called while circumcised? Salvation came to himand right in the middle of a sinful lifestyle. The Time is Short "The time is short." 1 Corinthians vii. The people group that God assigned you by your birth is in no way a hinderance to believing the gospel and following after the call of Jesus Christ to believe in him. Ill show you where Im going to be getting these terms from. It declares to us how much it is that Jesus transforms the life of whoever trusts in Him. What Paul was doing was showing that obedience to the commands of God is so much more important than any cultural distinctives, that the mere changing of these distinctives should be of no importance whatever to the Christian. 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am.1 Corinthians 7:8, ESV They were believers who now, suddenly, found themselves married to non-believers. What should we be saying? The calling is the call to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. This passage teaches us that we can all calm down; we dont have to get anxious about our calling in life. Understand that ancient slavery, the kind that Paul was familiar with at this time, was very different than the kind of slavery that was practiced in the United States until the Civil War. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that there are two elements of this. And so I direct in all the churches. Before we read it, let's orient ourselves from the preceding context. Literally verse twenty says, each one in the calling in which he was called, in this let him remain. Here is the closest place that Paul uses calling in the way that we usually mean it, our responsibilities, our vocation, the assignments that we have in life. So, in verse nineteen Paul says, just to explain this a little further, I have to think about the specifics of that in relation to who I am and who she is. And if we understand its broad cultural application, it offends all of us. Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. We are to live in the same family with God. He found it to be exhausting and difficult and almost impossible to keep. It will transform and transcend everything else you do. In Corinth, there was a grave danger facing a girl who had reached the age of marriage. And it assumes that God had been sovereignly working in our lifeall the way up to that point in time at which He called us into a relationship with Himself through the gospel. The Bible tells us that He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:7). Never mind. Part 2: The Truth from God, John 7:37-39 Study Guide: What's the Deal with Jesus? Text: Acts 19:1-20 Sermon Series: On Mission. Do they love Jesus in a way that through the challenges of life they will never be a hinderance to following Jesus? What does that mean? Putting the two applications of Paul's principle together, the teaching seems to be this: Obeying the commands of God (v. 19) and enjoying his presence (v. 24) are so vastly more important than what your culture or your job is that you should feel no compulsion to change your position. Devote yourself to that with all your heart, and take whatever job you want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. We are thankful for this. The first word is assignments, I see this in verse seventeen. The Sermon below tackles about the Biblical teachings about marriage, marital relationship and divorce. Rather, we are to walk as a faithful Christian in the very place of life where God has called us to Himselfand to let Him use us there, in that place, as His witnesses for Christ. Gods Calling Transcends Horizontal Assignments For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lords freedman. I believe this is the word of God for us today, and I would like to unfold it for a few minutes from 1 Corinthians 7:1724. Slaves were sometimes highly educated and trusted with administrative responsibility. 1. 24 and are . "A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). Let him not be circumcised. If a Gentile man became a believer in Jesus the Jewish Messiah, he himself did not have to then become Jewish. For example, in 1 Corinthians 7 the question is raised whether faith in Christ should mean that a husband and wife should abstain from sexual relations. Most modern versions say, "Were you a slave when called? The time may come when we may do something different, as long as it is lawful and properly available. Likewise, he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. During dinner, he stood up and said. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Sermons on 1 Corinthians 7:17-24: showing 1-15 of 94 Sort By Scripture Clear Scripture Filters Rating 5 stars 4 stars or more 3 stars or more Any Rating Date Last Week Last Month Last 3 Months Last 6 Months Last Year Any Time Denominations Adventist (1) Anglican (1) Assembly Of God (4) Baptist (30) Calvary Chapel (2) Show more Language English (93) Responsible Freedom - 1 Corinthians 8:1-13. We wonder if life would be greener somewhere else, but Christians have this additional element where we are thankful for the green pastures that our good shepherd has led us. He has sovereignly called us as He did for a purpose. 1) God put us here. In the minds of most Jewish people, he was something close to a gangster. So, what does Paul mean, dont worry about circumcision, just worry about keeping the commands of God. Don't let that be a care to you; but, even if you can become a freedman, rather make use of (your present position)." Theme: We are to walk as a faithful Christian in the place of life where God has called us to Himself. This is why we look for a word of the Lord, you dont need a word from the Lord, you already have it. 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But that is not the way Paul has used it eight out of the nine times it occurs in this paragraph. Likewise, he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. He makes them new creations from their inner-most being, and calls them to walk faithfully with Him in the outer life. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Is yours a menial job? We do have assignments from the Lord, but the important thing is that call. 2. Now, Paul is then drawing the application of this point to probably one of the most difficult circumstances to find yourself in, that of a bondservant, a slave. He ought not to boast if he is a doctor or lawyer or executive, and he ought not to be self-pitying or depressed if he has a job that society esteems less highly. Look at that word remain in verse twenty. That place that we were in when He called us was no accident. He says in verse twenty-two, Gods joy gives us perseverance in the midst of sorrow. Stay where you are and obey God. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.1 Corinthians 7:24, ESV. Preach on topics including unity among believers, immorality, spiritual gifts, the meaning of love, and the certainty of the resurrection. John 7:14-24 Study Guide What's the Deal with Jesus? Do you have to become a member of a different people group? This is actually a remarkable thing, if you were a Jew, one of the primary things you were called to do was to be circumcised. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy (1 Corinthians 7:12-14). Let's read 1 Corinthians 7:1724. God used Pauls place of calling mightily. The real contrast, it seems to me, should be expressed as: "Don't let your slavery make you anxious, but instead use it." And so I ordain in all the churches. I know what God has called me to be to my family and I know that this job will take time away from me which will cut into the way that I should be loving my family and the way that I should be serving in my church and my neighbors. It was to be a follower of the traditions of the Jewish people. If you are married and you have an opportunity to divorce your spouse and go after someone else, the Bible tells you that is sin and you may not do it. Either way, we belong completely to Jesus as His new creations. But before we can understand either of these applications, we need to clarify a key word in the principle itself. . 1 Corinthians 7:17,20 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. That would have been a true statement. 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