CAN A PERSON BE SAVED THROUGH HIS OR HER SPOUSE?
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Many have asked me if it’s okay, based on 1 Corinthians 7, to marry an unbeliever. Some think that such a union can result in the salvation of a spouse, almost like an automatic ticket to heaven. I don’t believe that is what the apostle Paul intends to convey. While it is true that a person can have a sanctifying influence on their spouse, salvation is an individual matter.

Let’s look at the passage. First, Paul writes to encourage those who are already married to an unbeliever to stay married and not get divorced: “To the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:10, 11).

Then Paul goes on to explain, “A woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband” (verses 13, 14).

What does it mean that the “unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife?” We find the answer in verse 16. “For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?” We also read that husbands “may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear” (1 Peter 3:1, 2). In other words, your example can be a saving influence to an unbelieving spouse. But there is no guarantee of salvation.

Again, the passage in Corinthians is specifically for couples who are already married and one becomes a Christian. If you’re already married to an unbeliever, don’t automatically get a divorce. Be a positive influence in his or her life. For those who are not yet married, Paul’s advice is best: Do not join your life with an unbeliever.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
CAN A PERSON BE SAVED THROUGH HIS OR HER SPOUSE? Bible Study | Daily Devotional Daily Devotions Average reading time is about 5 and a half minutes Amazing Facts Audio Daily Devotional Many have asked me if it’s okay, based on 1 Corinthians 7, to marry an unbeliever. Some think that such a union can result in the salvation of a spouse, almost like an automatic ticket to heaven. I don’t believe that is what the apostle Paul intends to convey. While it is true that a person can have a sanctifying influence on their spouse, salvation is an individual matter. Let’s look at the passage. First, Paul writes to encourage those who are already married to an unbeliever to stay married and not get divorced: “To the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:10, 11). Then Paul goes on to explain, “A woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband” (verses 13, 14). What does it mean that the “unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife?” We find the answer in verse 16. “For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?” We also read that husbands “may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear” (1 Peter 3:1, 2). In other words, your example can be a saving influence to an unbelieving spouse. But there is no guarantee of salvation. Again, the passage in Corinthians is specifically for couples who are already married and one becomes a Christian. If you’re already married to an unbeliever, don’t automatically get a divorce. Be a positive influence in his or her life. For those who are not yet married, Paul’s advice is best: Do not join your life with an unbeliever. KEY BIBLE TEXTS Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
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