God For­bids All Forms Of Adul­tery

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Randy Moll

This is why Je­sus said, “Who­ever looks at a wo­man to lust for her has al­ready com­mit­ted adul­tery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). He also says, “Who­ever di­vorces his wife for any rea­son ex­cept sex­ual im­moral­ity causes her to com­mit adul­tery; and who­ever mar­ries a wo­man who is di­vorced com­mits adul­tery” (Matthew 5:32; cf. Mark 10:11-12; Matthew 19:3ff.).

“You shall not com­mit adul­tery.” Ex­o­dus 20:14

While we might com­monly think of adul­tery only in the nar­row­est sense of be­ing un­faith­ful to the mar­riage vow by en­gag­ing in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship out­side of mar­riage, this com­mand­ment of the LORD God re­ally ap­plies to all per­ver­sions of — all adul­ter­at­ing of — God’s orig­i­nal de­sign and in­tent for the mar­riage re­la­tion­ship de­scribed for us in Ge­n­e­sis 2:18ff.

Thus, a per­son com­mits adul­tery when he or she is un­faith­ful to the mar­riage vow and has a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship out­side of mar­riage; but a per­son also com­mits adul­tery through di­vorce, evil thoughts, pornog­ra­phy, for­ni­ca­tion, sex­ual im­moral­ity, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, and any other sex­ual per­ver­sion. Even a re­fusal to ful­fill one’s du­ties in mar­riage is con­trary to God’s in­tent and de­sign (cf. 1 Corinthi­ans 7:1ff.Eph­e­sians 5:22ff.). And, what­ever is not in ac­cord with God’s in­tent and de­sign at cre­ation — the life­long com­mit­ment and union of a man and a wo­man in mar­riage — is adul­tery.

This is why Je­sus said, “Who­ever looks at a wo­man to lust for her has al­ready com­mit­ted adul­tery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). He also says, “Who­ever di­vorces his wife for any rea­son ex­cept sex­ual im­moral­ity causes her to com­mit adul­tery; and who­ever mar­ries a wo­man who is di­vorced com­mits adul­tery” (Matthew 5:32; cf. Mark 10:11-12; Matthew 19:3ff.).

And, the Bible clearly teaches: “Mar­riage is hon­or­able among all, and the bed un­de­filed; but for­ni­ca­tors and adul­ter­ers God will judge” (He­brews 13:4).

When we con­sider this com­mand­ment, we again see our sins and fail­ures to live up to God’s holy in­tent and de­sign in cre­ation. In fact, our whole cul­ture is in re­bel­lion against God’s will and de­sign for mar­riage and a sex­ual union within mar­riage; and we, as in­di­vid­u­als, have also dis­obeyed and re­belled in our thoughts, words and ac­tions.

Our only hope is in Mes­siah Je­sus, who kept this com­mand­ment per­fectly in our stead and then bore our full pun­ish­ment and won our par­don and re­lease when He suf­fered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world and rose again on the third day.

He calls upon us all to re­pent of our evil ways and turn to Him in faith for for­give­ness and life ev­er­last­ing (cf. Acts 3:19). Only in Him and His blood shed for us upon the cross can we sin­ners find par­don, for­give­ness and peace (Cf. 1 John 1:8 – 2:2)!

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