— Forsaking Adultery The Cure —
— Spiritual Help Prayer and Forgiveness —
— References —

Brian Kuehmichel
May 3, 2013


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Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14 (& Deuteronomy 5:18)

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4


Forsaking Adultery — The Cure

Romans 2:21-23 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

Matthew 19:17-19 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [see Mark 10:18-19; Luke 18:18-20]

Mark 10:11-12 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

Luke 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

John 8:3-11   ... go, and sin no more.

Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Romans 13:7-9 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ... 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. ...

1 Corinthians 6:13-20 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

1 Corinthians 10:6-12 ... 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

2 Corinthians 12:19-21 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Galatians 5:19-23 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:3-5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 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.

Colossians 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Hebrews 12:15-16 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator (idolator), or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Spiritual Help — Prayer and Forgiveness

Hear this "spiritual man" pray — but not with a word of virtue in it. And do not be like him!

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. Luke 18:11

But rather pray like this:

When ye pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Luke 11:2-4

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:15

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. Luke 17:3

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Trust in God's mercy:

And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart 1 Kings 8:23 & 2 Chronicles 6:14

In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8

But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Psalm 130:4

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9:9

Walk in victory:

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

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. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Ephesians 5:5-9

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 3:9-11

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:2

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:5

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Revelation 3:5

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Revelation 21:7



I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now... Nehemiah 1:5-6a




References:

1. Gospel Thought: Idolatry and Adultery, Tim Melton, sacrosanctgospel.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/gospel-thought-idolatry-and-adultery/, accessed 5/2/2013.

"John Calvin puts it quite plainly, “Man's nature ... is a perpetual factory of idols ... every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, an expert in inventing idols.” [Quotes from Calvin - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion and Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles]

"The Bible clearly equates our idolatry with adultery (Ezekiel 16, Jeremiah 2:23-25). Therefore, in my idolatry, I possess the heart of a whore; the appetite of a harlot; the disposition of divorcee. I leave the God of my salvation to chase after other lovers." [Read more ...]

2. Adulterers And Idolaters, Donald and Nina Young, www.donimon.org/adulterersidolators.html, accessed 5/2/2013.

3. What is the Biblical definition of "Fornication"?, http://www.yrm.org/qna-fornication.htm, accessed 5/2/2013

4. Divorce and Remarriage, www.yrm.org/divorceandre.htm, accessed 5/2/2013

"This passage is commonly used to justify divorce in the case of adultery in a marriage. However, with a concise and clear understanding of the Bible and what it says concerning this subject, we will find a different understanding.

"The word fornication found in Matthew 5:32 is the Greek word porneia. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance defines porneia as follows: "No. 4202, porneia - from 4203; harlotry (incl. Adultery and incest); fig. idolatry:—fornication." No. 1403 has the following definition in Strong's: "porneuo from #4202; to act the harlot, i.e. (lit.) indulge unlawful lust (of either sex), or (fig.) practice idolatry:—commit (fornication)."

"Strong's does not offer an exact definition for the Greek word porneia; instead it gives only a broad definition. This is why we must consider all the evidence as a collective whole. ...

"... To find the understanding of what the Messiah meant by the word porneia, we must examine the entire Bible and evaluate what is found in Yahweh's Word concerning divorce and remarriage.

"Also worthy to be noted is that two Greek words are used to translate fornication and adultery in Matthew 5:32. We looked at the word porneia, which is translated fornication in Matthew 5:32 in our King James Bible. The other Greek word for our English word "adultery," found in Matthew 5:32, is from the Greek word moichao. Strong's Concordance defines moichao as: "Number 3429, moichao from 3432; (mid. voice) to commit adultery:—adultery."

"If Yahshua intended to use the word adultery (moichao) instead of fornication (porneia), why would He have used two different Greek words? Why did He not just use the word from which we get adultery, moichao? The Greek word moichao is much more precise than the Greek word porneia when speaking of adultery. Why the use of two different and distinct words by our Savior Yahshua the Messiah? The answer obviously is that He was making an important distinction in meaning." [Read more ...]

5. 72 Virgins, http://wikiislam.net/wiki/72_Virgins, accessed 5/2/2013.

"Whilst there are numerous sources, including the Qur'an, which tell us believing males will be rewarded with virgins, many who are concerned about the authenticity of the 72 virgins concept are under the misconception that there is only one weak (da`if) reference to the exact number of houri given to them. These narrations are in fact found in many hadith collections with varying levels of authenticity, ranging from hasan (good) to sahih (authentic)."

6. Rewards in Heaven, Michael Bradley and Chris Bradley, www.bible-knowledge.com/rewards-in-heaven/, accessed 5/2/2013.

7. Five Crowns & Rewards in Heaven, www.so4j.com/five-crowns-rewards-in-heaven.php, accessed 5/2/2013.

Believer's are Eternally Rewarded by Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ with Rewards for being Faithful (Matt. 10:41 ;2 Tim. 4:7-8; 2 Cor 5:10, Rom 14:11-12). Some will suffer Loss of Rewards (1 Cor 3:10-15).

  • 1 - CROWN 1 - CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - LOVED THE LORD'S APPEARING - 2 Tim 4:8
  • 2 - CROWN 2 - INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN - DISCIPLINED BODIES / SELF-CONTROL - 1 Cor 9:25-27
  • 3 - CROWN 3 - CROWN OF LIFE - ENDURED PATIENTLY THRU TRIALS - James 1:12, Rev 2:10
  • 4 - CROWN 4 - CROWN OF GLORY - GODLY LEADERS WHO WERE EXAMPLES TO FLOCK - 1 Pet 5:2-4
  • 5 - CROWN 5 - CROWN OF REJOICING - SOUL WINNERS CROWN - 1 Thess 2:19, Dan 12:3
  • 6 - CROWN & REWARDS - 7 FACTS:
    • CROWNS & REWARDS ARE TO BE GUARDED - Rev 3:11
    • CROWNS ARE TO BE GUARDED AGAINST DECEIVERS & SPIRITUAL DECEPTION - 2 John 1:7-8
    • CROWN & REWARDS ARE LOST WHEN GOOD DEED IS DONE WITH WRONG MOTIVE - Matt 6:2
    • GOLD CROWNS GIVEN - Rev 4:4
    • CROWNS WILL BE CAST DOWN BEFORE JESUS AT HIS THRONE - Rev 4:10-11
    • JESUS WORE A CROWN OF THORNS AT HIS DEATH - Matt 27:29
    • JESUS WEARS MANY CROWNS WHEN HE RETURNS - Rev 19:11-19
  • 7 - REWARDS FOR THOSE WHO WIN THE RACE, PRIZE OF ETERNAL LIFE Phil 3:12-14, 1 Cor 9:24-27
  • 8 - REWARDS FROM JESUS FOR OVERCOMERS - Rev 2:7, 10, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7

Resources:

Bible Gateway.com

Commentaries



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