You shall not commit adultry
"The seventh of the Ten Commandments, which God spake in the long ago,
"Thou shalt not commit adultery" Exodus 20:14.
New Testament AdulteryThis has always been God's law. We are told in the New Testament I John 3:4, that sin is the transgression of God's law, therefore, to commit adultery is to transgress God's moral law, and therefore, sin. Not only has God forbidden adultery, but the son of God himself said,
"Whoso looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" Matthew 5:28. Jesus made it clear in the New Testament that even visual adultery is sin.
If the adulterous thought is sin, surely the adulterous act is sin. The Holy Spirit through the inspired apostle has told us plainly that adultery is a sin. Peter described some sinners of his day as having
..."eyes full of adultery, that cannot cease from sin" II Peter 2:14. Paul warned the Corinthians to "flee fornication" I Corinthians 6:18.
We are living in an age where sin is portrayed as a mere illness of the body or mind; when sin is denied or laughed off, when sin is rationalized as merely doing one's own thing, or doing what comes naturally. But a belief in the Holy God and respect for the authority of his word demands that adultery be recognized and acknowledged for what it is . . . sin.
The seriousness of the sin of adultery can be seen in several ways. Under the law of Moses the penalty was death by stoning. (Deuteronomy 22:21 ff, John 8:4,5). Again, the only ground that God gave for divorcing one's mate was sexual immorality. He said,
"Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery. And whosoever marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery" Matthew 5:32.
But the seriousness of adultery is seen most clearly in the eternal punishment of those who commit the sin. An unrepentant adulterer cannot go to heaven. Ephesians 5:5 says:
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." And in Colossians 3:6, we are told that because fornication, uncleanness, and inordinate affection, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
The Biblical moral law is fulfilled by love.
The Bible ReMarriage and DivorceThe subject of adultery and marriage and divorce are closely related.
The Bible has plenty to say about divorce and remarriage.What does the Bible really say about Divorce and Remarriage
The Old Testament divorce and remarriage Scriptures:
Deuteronomy 21:10-14 When you go to war against your enemies and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife....  After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.
A portion of the Mosaic Law permits an Israelite to divorce a wife he had taken from a captive nation simply because he was, not pleased with her, (vs. 14). This might seem like a rather loose permission. But note well that, for that Biblical era, this was God’s Word! God cannot be shown in the Bible to be 100 percent against divorce in all circumstances. However, be assured: I am not remotely implying that God is permissive concerning divorce! To the contrary, Malachi 2:16 declares: I hate divorce, says the LORD God of Israel.
Meaning of adulteryWhat is adultery? Technically there are differences in the original Biblical language as there is in the English between the meaning of adultery and fornication, but as used in this brief study, the adultery meaning is illicit sexual intercourse between married or unmarried persons. God has graciously provided for the sexual desires of men and women to be satisfied only in marriage and to engage in pre-marital, or extra-marital sex, before or outside of marriage is to sin in God's sight. The meaning should be made clear, however, that the sin of adultery, is serious in God's sight, and as hateful as it is to those who commit it, it is forgivable! The story of Jesus and the woman who was taken in adultery (John 8) shows that adultery may be forgiven when God's conditions of pardon are met. For more Biblical information from the Bible Biblical
When sexual immorality of all kinds surrounds us on every side, may all of us desire to be, and strive to be, pure in heart and life. Like Joseph, when tempted by Potiphar's wife, can say
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