By John Steele Gordon Christmas famously "comes but once a year." In fact, however, it comes twice. The Christmas of the Nativity, the manger and Christ child, the wise men and the star of Bethlehem, "Silent Night" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" is one holiday. The Christmas of parties, Santa Claus, evergreens, presents, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells" is quite another.
I am startled at how many preachers and students, in an effort to learn God’s will concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage, begin at 1 Corinthians 7. To start one’s study at 1 Corinthians 7 is like reading the last chapter of a book and drawing conclusions about the book. God has revealed his will concerning marriage and divorce in Genesis 2, Deuteronomy 24, Malachi 2, Matthew 5, Matthew 19, Mark 10, Luke 16, and 1 Corinthians 7. We must read the scriptures concerning marriage and divorce IN THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER GOD REVEALED HIS WILL. Adam and Eve did not have 1 Corinthians 7. Those under the law of Moses did not have 1 Corinthians 7. Those alive during the life of Jesus did not have 1 Corinthians 7. A person is simply studying the topic backward by beginning at 1 Corinthians 7 because those who lived before the apostle Paul’s writing did not have this information. When you begin a study of marriage and divorce, please study God’s word in the order that God revealed his will to humanity.