I was doing some reading and got confused by this passage…any input would be appreciated.
1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (New International Version)
12To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
In verse 14 it makes it seem like automatically the unbelieving spouse is sanctified by their believing spouse, but in verse 16, it says "how do you know…?" A friend said he believes that since in marriage you become one flesh that they are automatically sanctified because one can’t perish while the other lives forever…but then in my study Bible it refers to 1 Peter 3:1 where it says, "Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives…".
I guess, ultimately it’s hard for me to imagine a spouse fully sanctifying their spouse regardless of if they live their whole lives believing or not…but verse 14 clearly says the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and vice versa.
Opinions? Thanks…I’m still a babe here at a young 22 lol
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