In Matthew, Jesus is taking the Seventh Commandment up a notch. Jesus is saying that adultery is so much more than just going to bed with someone who isn’t your spouse. It is a heart issue. The Seventh Commandment is much more than you ticking off a box on the rules list. Jesus is saying lustful intent is the same thing as adultery. The physical act of adultery is just the external consummation of internal sin.
This sin always begins in the heart. No one just falls into sin- it’s a slow slippery decline into sin. Sin is always born in the depths of our wicked heart.
8) Matthew 5:27-28 ” You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lush for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
9) James 1: 14- 15 ” But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lush. Then when lush has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it bring forth death.”
10) Matthew 15: 19 “For out of the heart proceed evil though, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”
Why is adultery a sin
Adultery is a sin first and foremost, because God says that it is. God gets to decide the parameters on marriage- since He created marriage. Adultery is an outward proclamation of several sins: lush, selfishness, greed and covetousness. In a nutshell, all sexual immorality is idolatry. God alone deserves to be worshipped. And when we choose what ” feels right” instead of what god says is right, we are making an idol of it and worshipping it instead of our Creator. But also, adultery is wrong because of what marriage represents.
11) Matthew 19:4-6 ” And He answered and said to them. ‘have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,” and said, ” For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? so then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
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