Thus, he means, “It is good to remain single.” He restates the same idea in 7:7-9, and discusses it at length in -40.
He is not commanding being single, since he recognizes the single state as a gift which God only gives to some (7:7-9); but he is strongly commending it, since it was a gift he himself had, and since it provides a number of advantages for serving the Lord that being married precludes.
Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.
There were problems with immorality even among the members of the Corinthian church.
I want to develop three thoughts: While marriage is God’s normal design for most people, He has gifted some to remain single so that they can serve Him without the encumbrances that necessarily go along with marriage.
When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
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Apparently, in reaction to the sensuality of the culture, some in the church were saying that all sex is wrong. Perhaps they even pointed to the Apostle Paul as their hero.
Even some who were married concluded that it was more spiritual to abstain from sexual relations in marriage.
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