I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Symmetry of Covenant Sexuality in 1 Cor. 7:1—7

Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication
2b, c
A. let every man
       B. have his own wife, and
       B. let every woman
A. have her own husband.
A. Let the husband
       B. render unto the wife
              C. due benevolence:
              C. and likewise also
       B. the wife
A. unto the husband.
A. The wife hath not power of her own body,
       B. but the husband:
       B. and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body,
A. but the wife.
A. Defraud ye not one the other,
       B. except it be with consent for a time,
              C. that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer;
       B. and come together again,
A. that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
6, 7
A. But I speak this by permission,
       B. and not of commandment.
       B. For I would that all men were even as I myself.
A. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

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