The Unbelieving Spouse is (Sanctified but Not Saved) by the Believing Spouse
1 Corinthians 7:13-14(KJV)
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
Being Unequally Yoke can be an Issue in Life
Being unequally yoked, one flesh with an unbeliever, can be frustrating, discouraging, and even costly. But it need not be defiling because one believer can sanctify a home.
* In this sense sanctify does not refer to salvation; otherwise the spouse would not be spoken of as unbelieving.
* It refers to “being set apart,” the basic meaning of “sanctify and holy,” terms that are from the same Greek root.
* The sanctification is matrimonial and familial, not personal or spiritual.
* In God’s eyes a home is set apart for Himself when the husband, wife, or, by implication, any other family member, is a Christian. Such a home is not Christian in the full sense, but it is immeasurably superior to one that is totally unbelieving.
* Even if the Christian is ridiculed and persecuted, unbelievers in the family are blessed because of that believer. One Christian in a home graces the entire home.
* God’s indwelling that believer and all the blessings and graces that flow into the believer’s life from heaven will spill over to enrich all who are near.
The Christian need not fear that the children will be unclean, defiled by the unbelieving father or mother. God promises that the opposite is true. They would otherwise be unclean if both parents were unbelievers.
• But the Lord guarantees that the presence of just one Christian parent will protect the children.
• It is not that their salvation is assured but that they are protected from undue spiritual harm and that they will receive spiritual blessing.
• Because they share in the spiritual benefits of their believing parent, they are holy.
• Often the testimony of the believing parent in this situation is especially effective, because the children see a clear contrast to the unbelieving parent’s life, and that leads them to salvation.
1 Corinthians 7:15-17KJV)
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
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Message: Minister Mrs. Shawntrell Davis
Audio Production: Minister Mr.Thomas Emmanuel Davis