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Implications of “unequally yoked” teaching for marriage?

November 15, 2007

2 Cor 6:12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[1. b] are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“ I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”[c]
17 Therefore

“ Come out from among them
And be separate<873>, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”[d]
18 “ I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.”[e]

Two oxen pulling together for their master…
Who is the “leader”?
What are the implication of the “unequally yoked” concept
on issues of power and control in marriage?

“you are restricted by your own affections”

What does “restricted” mean?



4729 stenochoreo {sten-okh-o-reh’-o}
1) to be in a narrow place
2) to straiten, compress, cramp, reduce to straits
2a) to be sorely straitened in spirit


What does “separate” mean?



873 aphorizo {af-or-id’-zo}
1) to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate

I don’t think it means to separate physically or divorce.
I think it means (in part) having good boundaries, being emotionally “separate”.
I did not have good boundaries; I let my affections RESTRICT me!
Being separate brought me out of the cramped place into the BROAD PLACE.

The evil, the darkness, the LIES…

“what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” 2Cor 6

“COMMUNION” also translates as “INTIMACY”.

I have erred in passively settling
for many things
which were NOT excellent

I pray THIS for myself:
Phil 1:9 ¶ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment<144>;
10 That ye may approve<1381> things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.


144 aisthesis {ah’-ee-sthay-sis}
1) perception, not only by the senses but by the intellect
2) cognition, discernment
2a) of moral discernment in ethical matters

1381 dokimazo {dok-im-ad’-zo}
AV – prove 10, try 4, approve 3, discern 2, allow 2, like 1,
examine 1; 23
1) to test, examine, prove, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals
2) to recognise as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy

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