Day 158 – Celibacy

Today’s reading: 1 Cor 7:1-24

Paul continues on today expounding on the rules for marriage and sexual relations.  He makes two statements that are particularly interesting.

Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.  I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.   To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am.

In the context of the passage, Paul is clearly talking about celibacy.  He plainly states that he wishes that all were in this same state.  Then he says if a person cannot exercise self-control they should marry.  Thus, celibacy is a preferred biblically approved state.  Paul is of course an Apostle and a Priest.  Thus, this is one of the (but not the only) verses that help to establish the discipline of priestly celibacy.  It also establishes what should be the norm for Christians in society – chastity until marriage.

Tomorrow: 1 Cor 7: 25-40




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