Brief Expository Notes On 1 Cor. 7:2-5

by Richard Thompson

1 Corinthians 7:2-5 (NKJV)
2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality (which would include lust and wrong sexual desire in general), let each man have his own wife, and let each woman (yes, women have desires too.) have her own husband. (Why? Because of sexual immorality)
3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. (If the wife needs sex, give it to her. If the husband needs sex, give it to him.)
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. (We make a covenant to give one what the other has need of. Therefore, when you enter into marriage you are giving your body to meet the needs of your spouse. Hebrews 13:4
Our ability to grant sex to our spouse is not to be with conditions, such as, I will have sex tonight if you will take me to the mall, etc. Rather, it is now our biblical obligation.)
5 Do not deprive (As stated, we are not afforded the right to deny sex to our partner at our convenience. To do so puts the other in a place where they may fall into temptation. That may be the temptation to masturbate or commit full fledged adultery. To deprive your spouse of his/her due benevolence, except with consent, is also the same as putting a stumbling block in your brother or sisters path.) one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again (to have sex) so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (lack of self-control clearly makes the point that men and women have sexual desires that need fulfilling or otherwise one may find themselves tempted because they are weak and lack self-control. That fulfillment, according to the Word, is to be met by the spouse.)

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