1Corinthians 7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed

Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.


The Greek word “loose” at first glance is used twice in this verse, at lease the spelling of the two words are the same. The word “bound” ( deō ) to be bound to one, a wife, a husband ( to bind tie, fasten).  Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be “loosed“; the Greek word (lusis) noun feminine, of the bond of marriage, divorce. So are you married to a wife? Seek not to divorce her. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. God joins us together and man waits  to separate. We live in a world of throw away and recycle mentality, and that applies also to the marriage. Your marriage is a testimony to your neighbors, and church. The second time the word “loose” is used in this verse; Are you loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife. This “loose” (luō) is a verb, “being either never married, or else if having been married the wife is dead”,  If we keep in the text of 1 Corinthians 7, we see Paul is talking about three specific types of relationships. We have the Married, The Virgin, and the unmarried. In verse 10. The commandment is given “let not the wife depart from her husband” but if she chooses to depart let her remain unmarried. or be reconciled to her husband. Notice from the proir verse after the wife departed from her husband (divorce) in the next sentence God refers to the man as her husband. Man may separate but what God joins together stays together in His eyes. If you remarry you are committing or causing your wife to commit fornication. In verse 25. Paul is addressing the virgins that is is better to remain single, but if you burn in the flesh it is better to marry. The wife is bound by the law as long as Her husband lives, but if her husband dies she is at liberty to be married to whom she will. (1Corthians 7:39) This is calibrated in Romans 7: 2 For the woman which has a husband is bound by the law as long as her husband lives, the only way to be free of this law is if the husband dies. This is the model of redemption, The law has dominion over us as long as we live. When we are saved we are dead to the law,  and alive in Christ, and all this is by the body of Christ. If we are still alive to the law we cannot legally be married to Christ. Because when we are alive to the law (flesh) the motions of sins, which were exposed by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit to death. So the law in of its self is righteous, for we would have not known lust, except the the law said.Thou shalt not covet.

Gregory Lane