Concordia Theological Monthly

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Malcious Desertion

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marriage, unbeliever, believer, spouse, christian, wife, bondage, mixed marriages, divorce, fornication, luther, desertion, husband

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The seventh chapter of Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians contains various instructions regarding marriage, all of which apparently were given in answer to questions proposed to the apostle by the congregation. After having discussed the question whether it were better to marry or to remain unmarried, the apostle turns his attention to such as have either before or after their conversion been married. He distinguishes two classes: such marriages in which both spouses are believers and such in which one spouse is a believer, the other an unbeliever. His instructions to believing couples, V. 12, we have already considered.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 5:32; Nehemiah 13:23-29; 1 Corinthians 14:38; Revelation 22:11; Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:11; Matthew 19:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 12:16; Proverbs 12:15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars