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Was the Apostle Paul Married? Yes, He Was. Here’s How We Know.

Marriage is certainly a better alternative to the constant distraction of a desire for marital relations. If that is a constant distraction for you—especially if God brings some particular person into your life—then you are just fine to get married. The Apostle Paul married at one point, but now he is single. Don’t feel constrained by Paul’s example as a single person. Go ahead and get married, and don’t look back. Staying unmarried like Paul is good. Getting married is good too. Each one has his own calling from the Lord, and we come to know that calling through the gifts and opportunities God gives us—or withholds from us. And if God gives you the opportunity to be married and you want to be married, go for it.

But if that opportunity does not come your way—even though you wish it would—just keep in mind what Paul says. Paul says you are in a better position. You are not at a disadvantage in God’s kingdom by remaining unmarried. Steward that calling well for as long as you have it. Ask God to make the paths plain for the “unmarried” calling he’s given you. It may be a season, or it may be for life. God will make that plain in due time. In the meantime, don’t despair of your calling. Lean into it for the glory of God.

This article about how the Apostle Paul married at one point in his life originally appeared here.

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Denny Burk serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of the book Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament and the forthcoming book from Crossway What Is the Meaning of Sex? He has also published numerous popular and scholarly articles. You can read his daily commentary on theology, politics, and culture at DennyBurk.com.