I CORINTHIANS 7 - Answer key
 

Observation Part

1. If touching a women is a problem for a man and he is eligible to marry, what should he do? (verse 2) HAVE A WIFE

2. What does God call the state of singleness or marriage? (verse 7) A GIFT

3. What is the proper thing to do if a person is married? (verse 10) NOT DEPART THE MARRIAGE

4. What is the proper thing to do if a person is divorced? (verse 11)

    either REMAIN UNMARRIED

    or BE RECONCILED TO THE WIFE OR HUSBAND

5. What are God's purposes in preserving a marriage, even when only one partner is a believer?

    (verse 14) THE UNSAVED PARTNER AND THE CHILDREN ARE CLOSE TO THE GOSPEL

    (verse 16) THE UNSAVED PARTNER MAY BECOME SAVED

6. What is the proper desire and attitude of a Christian in the life situation in which he finds himself? (verse 17,20) TO ABIDE AND BE CONTENT

7. What eternal spiritual value does a ceremony such as physical circumcision have? (verses 18,19) NONE

8. What must a Christian always avoid in the life situation in which he finds himself? (verses 22,23) NOT TO BE A SERVANT OF MEN

9. What advice does the Bible give to single people? (verses 26,27) DO NOT SEEK MARRIAGE

    Why? (verses 32,34) A SINGLE PERSON CAN DEVOTE MORE TIME TO THE LORD'S WORK

10 What is Paul's advice in verse 28 to those who marry? IT IS O.K. HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THE STRESSES WHICH WILL BE INVOLVED

11 What should a married person keep in mind? (verses 33,34) TO CARE FOR HIS PARTNER

12 How long does a marriage bond last? (verse 39) AS LONG AS THE PARTNER IS ALIVE

Objective part

Circle your choice or write your answer as appropriate

1. State the two principles of marriage and singleness presented in this chapter and give the number of the verse in which each is found. VERSE 7: MARRIAGE OR SINGLENESS IS A SOVEREIGN GIFT OF GOD VERSE 17: WE MUST BE CONTENT IN THE PRESENT STATE OF SINGLENESS OR MARRIAGE IN WHICH WE ARE

2. The phrase in verse 2 "let every woman have her own husband" means:

a) Every woman should seek a husband.

b) Every woman should not seek someone else's husband.

c)* When physical interest increases, it is best to go ahead and get married rather than continue in that relationship as an unmarried person.

3.    T    F*    Verse 6 means that God did not command Paul to write the words of I Cor. 7:1-5, rather they are Paul's own personal advice which God permitted him to write.

4.    T    F*    Verse 7 means that the most God-glorifying relationship is to be as Paul was, single.

5. Verse 9 implies:

a) Lustful desires are corrected by marriage.

b) A person who is married reveals a weak moral character.

c)* Two people who are already in a God-glorifying relationship ought to resolve the problem of increased physical attraction by marriage.

6. When Paul came to Corinth and preached the Gospel, some of the citizens who joined the church

a) were already married to unbelievers. What is Paul's advice to them? STAY MARRIED, DO NOT PUT AWAY YOUR PARTNER, BE A WITNESS

b) had already divorced their partner (and were not remarried). What is Paul's advice to them? SEEK TO BE RECONCILED TO YOUR PARTNER, DO NOT MARRY SOMEONE ELSE

7. The phrase in verse 14 "Now are they holy" means:

a) God guarantees to save the children of a home where at least one parent is a believer.

b) Children in a home where at least one parent is a believer will be more obedient than other children.

c)* Children in a home where at least one parent is a believer will have the Gospel close to them.

8.    T    F*    The word "bondage" in verse 15 is the same word as the word "bound" in verse 27.

9. Verses 18-24 express the idea that:

a)*Spiritual people are content no matter what their calling in life.

b) Our salvation depends upon working faithfully in the calling to which God has called us.

c) We can serve God better as a free man rather than as a slave.

10    T    F*    Verses 25-31 reveal that a single life is superior to a married life.

11    T*    F    The idea of verse 29 is not to wish you were single, but to have the same priorities as those who are not married.

12 Verse 33 is an observation of a:

a) Busy and harried husband.

b)*Faithful and loving husband.

c) Discontented and frustrated husband.

13 The word "virgin" in verses 34-38 refers to:

a)*A girlfriend.

b) A daughter.

c) A wife.

14 The phrase in verse 40 "and I think also" means:

a) I am pretty sure but not certain.

b) This is only my opinion based upon my experience.

c)*Since the Holy Spirit guided my thinking I believe this to be true.

Short answer

Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.

A. What are the root causes and attitudes that cause unhappiness and problems in man/woman relationships? DISCONTENTMENT, LACK OF SPIRITUAL INTEREST OR MATURITY, SELFISHNESS, PRIDE, LOVE FOR THIS WORLD AND THE THINGS IN THE WORLD

B. What are the blessings of being single? A PERSON IS LESS OBLIGATED TO SPEND THOUGHT, TIME AND RESOURCES TO SUPPLY A PARTNER'S DAILY NEEDS AND SPEND MORE THOUGHT, TIME AND RESOURCES TO SERVE GOD IN OTHER WAYS.

C. What are the blessings of being married? A PERSON CAN RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM A PARTNER, RAISE CHILDREN IN A CHRISTIAN WAY, BE AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN KINDS OF SERVE (CHURCH OFFICE), BE WISER AND MORE AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN KINDS OF COUNSELING

D. What advice would you give to someone who had married before they became Christian? What would you say if the person got a divorce before they became a Christian? IN BOTH CASES "BE CONTENT, SEEK FIRST THE LORD'S WILL AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR LIFE AS GOD'S KNOWS BEST. TRUST IN THE LORD WILL ALL YOUR HEART AND DO NOT LEAN UPON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING OR THE PATTERN OR ADVICE OF THE WORLD. GROW IN GOD'S WORD." IF THE PERSON IS DIVORCED, "SEEK TO BE RECONCILED TOP YOUR PARTNER, IF THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE RECONCILED. OTHERWISE, STAY UNMARRIED."

Essay

Write an answer to the following question or request. Limit your essay to two pages double spaced typed. Support your statements and conclusions with quotes from the Bible and the analysis of Chapter 7.

Why are problems related to the man/women relationship so serious? THEY EFFECT MANY OTHER PEOPLE, THEY CAN BLIND US TO FAITHFULLY DOING GOD'S WILL, THEY HAVE LASTING EFFECTS FOR US AS WELL AS OTHERS, THEY HAVE A STRONG EFFECT UPON OUR WITNESS

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