Jehovah`s Witness/1 Corinthians 7: 29-31


Hello Sister Pearl,
 Greetings to you and I hope all is well with you and your family.
The question I have for you is: How are we to understand Paul's advice recorded at 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31?
Thanking you in advance.


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Well Jim,
This time you've picked quite a meaning-filled cluster of verses...

1Cor.7: "29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away."

"What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short"

Every anointed one faces a "time" that is "short" (Rom.13:11,12). How so?
Whether the end of all things looms imminent for the final remnant or not (1Pet.4:7);
all Chosen... from the time of Christ up until the last to be selected...
all have in common a short lifespan with which to prove faithful and complete the work assigned to them
(James4:14; Psalm39:5; 78:39; 144:4).
For the remnant, that human lifespan and opportunity will be cut short, by the end.

"From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none"

What does it mean for those who are married, to be as if they are not?
I see two applications...the physical and the spiritual.
The physical meaning of this is more obvious, and is explained within context.
See verses 32-34:
32"I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife".
To be "as if they had none", is to leave off being concerned primarily with one's wife and marriage,
in favor of making one's primary concern the work of the Lord. This is necessary for all anointed...male or no matter what literal era they may live.

The spiritual interpretation is in relation to the spiritual meaning of "wife" and "woman".
To learn these scriptural interpretations, you can read (
This verse and it's advice, is concerning, in over-simplified terms, organized religion.
It directs anointed to be absorbed in the Lord's concerns; and not in
earthy attachments...obligations to men, their doctrines, nor their approval.
To be mature in Christ, is to be directed only by Holy Spirit,
and not by one's covenant with men.

"those who mourn, as if they did not"

The scriptures indicate that any Chosen ones who are proving faithful,
are enduring tribulation and mourning while within Satan's world
(John17:14; 16:20,22,33; Acts14:22; 2Cor.6:4; Rev.3:21; 12:11).
Yet through this pain, they can give themselves over to it, indulge it,
and let themselves prove to be overcome by it (Matt.25:26,27,28,30)
OR... As verse30 directs...
be as if you are NOT mourning when it comes to doing the work assigned.
Psalm126:5 reads: "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy."
Yes, the Chosen must keep "sowing seed" regardless of their grief (Ec.11:6; James1:4),
according to the example of Christ (John4:34; Luke12:50).
Those who persevere, will eventually be comforted (Matt.5:4)

"those who are happy, as if they were not"

Basically, this refers to the dangers of a false sense of peace and security.
In fact, our reality, requires great sobriety and discernment...
1Tim.6:17; Luke12:19,20; 1Pet.1:13; 5:8; Prov.22:3
In the last days, men will grow secure and over-confident in their relationship with God,
resulting in their destruction
(Job8:14,15; Isa.28:14,15; 1Thess.5:3; Rev.11:10,13; Jer.50:36; 51:30).

Ec.1:18 sums up reality...and the meaning of 1Cor.7:30B

"those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep"
Despite the payment of our lives for truth, we do not own what we receive
(Rev.3:18; Matt.10:8; 1Cor.4:7; 9:18; Rev.20:4) but must give it away freely.
On the other hand...
If we are deceived into buying UNTRUTH (Matt.25:9,10; Rev.13:17,14,8; 2Thess.2:9)
we also should not feel secure in our possession
(Eze.7:12; Luke8:18; Luke12:19,20,39; James1:10; Heb.12:27; John10:10).

"those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them"

At John17:15 Jesus prayed:
"My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."
This means that we still have to survive in the world, while remaining no part of it (John17:16)
If you would like to read more in-depth about this, there is the article

For those who unwittingly get entangled in using the world for religious power
(Matt.24:48-51; 13:22; Rev.17:15; 2Thess.2:3,4; John16:2; Rev.11:1,2; 13:8);
and who become "engrossed" in that power and position, will be blinded.
Their proud captivity to Satan's deceptions and sin, will blind them to the light
that might have liberated and rescued them.
(2Thess.2:9-12; Rev.13:8,10,9; 2Cor.4:4; Acts26:18; 2Cor.2:11; 11:3;
1John2:11; Rev.6:16; Hosea10:8; Isa.2:19; Luke23:30)

"For this world in its present form is passing away."

This of course, reminds us of 1John2:17 and 2Pet.3:10,11,13.
From the preceding verses and context of 1Cor.7, we learn that none of the
present interests and religious powers have any future.
We stand as individuals before God, and can not find shelter
in an organizational mountain (Rev.6:16,14; 16:20),
despite current doctrines to the contrary. The only mountain endorsed
by God, is the future Mt. Zion in heaven (Rev.14:1; 7:4; Psalm2:6; Heb.12:22)

We will be judged individually (Rom.14:12; 2Cor.5:10; Matt.16:27),
as to whether we:
obeyed Christ (John15:14; Matt.23:8,9,10; 28:20; Eph.5:23),
did God's will (Matt.12:50; 7:21; 1John2:17),
treated the "least" of his brothers with love (Matt.25:40; 10:42),
and received the true prophets
(Matt.7:20; Rev.11:3,4; Matt.10:40,20).

The "skirt of a Jew" contained tassels wrapped about with a "blue cord".
This symbolized divine truth (Num.15:39,40),
and kept the skirt's hem from unraveling. In the prophecy at Zech.8:23;
it was this symbolic blue cord of truth, donned by Jehovah's faithful chosen priests,
that the Nations would recognize and "grab hold of".
(Num.15:38; Isa.11:5; Zech.8:23; Rom.2:29; Gal.3:28,29; 1Pet.2:9)

Every other interest, effort, work, pretense,
so called knowledge, hierarchy, or identity,
will not provide salvation,
but will mean nothing.
All these verses you inquire about, contain a warning to those who,
in various ways,
put their trust in what they can see
(Psalm146:3; Jer.17:5; Isa.2:22; 2Cor.4:18; 1Cor.2:10,12,13,14)...
Almost all humanity have this misplaced trust (Rev.12:9,15,16).
But unfortunately, these scriptures about being deceived,
and about misplacing their trust,
refer today primarily, to "Jehovah's Witnesses".
It is God's own people, "the earth", who "swallow" the river of lies coming
from Satan's mouth through his "false prophet" and the "wild beast" under it's control.
These identities have taken over the "Holy Place" and are trampling the "Holy Ones".

Thank you for your question.
I hope this work has made a difference,
in transferring some of the dead, into the living.
All the best,

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