Arndt & Gingrich (second edition), Greek-English Lexicon, p. 890, “1. act. divide, separate tì someth.” “2. pass.—a. separate (oneself), be separated of divorce…1 Cor 7:10. Abs. vss. 11, 15a, b.”
The term “chorizo” represents a real separation! The lawful, physical master/servant relationship of Philemon and Onesimus was divided (Philemon 1:10-16). When Onesimus (a servant) wrongfully departed (# 5563, chorizo) from Philemon (his master), the separation was complete. Obviously, Philemon could not subsequently separate the physical relationship that was already divided. Although reconciliation was expected, regardless of whether or not Onesimus returned to Philemon, Philemon could still be faithful to God without his servant. Yet, in the letter written to Philemon, Paul stated in verses 15-16:
“For perhaps he therefore departed (# 5563, chorizo) for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; 16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?”
Onesimus’s departure was not only against Philemon’s will, but more especially against God’s will! The question is—did this servant really DEPART from his master in the flesh in opposition to the will of God (Ephesians 6:5-6; Colossians 3:22; I Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:9; I Peter 2:18) or was Paul only speaking accommodatively (i.e. equivocating)?
Biblical use of the term “chorizo” (or put asunder / separate / depart) necessarily infers neither the consent of the one being departed from, nor divine approval for such an action (Matthew 19:6; cf. Malachi 2:14-16)! There are no Greek authorities who propose that innocence and/or unwillingness negate the effect of chorizo. The only individuals, who suggest such, are the proponents of the post-divorce chorizo (second putting asunder) doctrine.
Both man and woman give their consent to marry each other (Matthew 19:4-5), and / or to reconcile (i.e. remarry) after an unlawful divorce (I Corinthians 7:10-11). However, divorcement is different; only one is necessary to put asunder the other (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9; cf. I Corinthians 7:10-11, 15).
It may take two to tango, but it only takes one to quit for the dance to stop. It may take two to render “due benevolence” (I Corinthians 7:3-4), but only one to “defraud” the other (I Corinthians 7:5)! It may take two to conceive a child together, however, it only takes one to sinfully abort the baby against the other’s wishes.
There is a claim that the burden of proof is upon us to show that civil law is what finalizes a divorce in this country. However, the issue of controversy really stems from the unwillingness of some to accept the fact that an innocent and unwilling person can be what Jesus called “chorizo” (and thus, necessarily subject to the Lord’s pronouncement that any remarriage to another after becoming such, would result in adultery).
Matthew 19:6, “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined TOGETHER, let not man PUT ASUNDER” (chorizo).
Mark 10:9, “What therefore God hath joined TOGETHER, let not man PUT ASUNDER” (chorizo).
Acts 1:4, “And, being assembled TOGETHER with them, commanded them that they should not DEPART (chorizo) from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.”
Acts 18:1-2, “After these things Paul DEPARTED (chorizo) from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to DEPART (chorizo) from Rome:) and came unto them.”
Romans 8:35, “Who shall SEPARATE (chorizo) us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:39, “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to SEPARATE (chorizo) us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I Corinthians 7:10-11, “And unto the MARRIED (gameo) I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife DEPART (chorizo) from her husband: 11 But and if she DEPART (chorizo), let her remain UNMARRIED (agamos), or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”
I Corinthians 7:15, “But if the unbelieving DEPART (chorizo), let him DEPART (chorizo). A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.”
Philemon 1:15, “For perhaps he (Onesimus, jhb) therefore DEPARTED (chorizo) for a season, that thou (Philemon, jhb) shouldest receive him for ever.”
Hebrews 7:26, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, SEPARATE (chorizo) from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”