1 Corinthians 7:29-31 | September 6

1 Corinthians 7:29–31

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none,

30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess,

31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.

The time is short. It has been over 2,000 years since Paul wrote that.  What does that show us?  Some would say Paul was wrong.  When he says the time is short, he may be thinking of the return of the Lord, but it could be he is referring to the end of Jewish national life.  If the letter of 1st Corinthians was written in A.D. 59, it would only be 11 short years before Jerusalem would be overthrown, and the temple destroyed (A.D. 70).

The age of grace has just come on the scene.  Paul had just revealed the mystery that was given to him by the Spirit.  This was a significant disruption of Jewish belief.  All the prophetic events that had been prophesied before were set aside. The timeline of prophecy was held in abeyance as the dispensation of grace made its entrance. Paul would have had no knowledge of when the prophetic timeline would come back.

The point Paul seems to be making is, Don’t hold on to the things of this life too tightly. That is an appropriate word for us today as we see the out-of-control-spiral of our nation and world.  We can sense that the time is short: For the form of this world is passing away.

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