You are Temples

Ten Commandments

#7  Exodus 20:14You shall not commit adultery.(NIV)

Again we are faced with a commandment that appears to be very obvious and naturally we think, we got this in the bag.  So I will approach this two ways; physically and directly with the mind and heart as the focus.

1 Corinthians 6:

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

13“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Paul makes the connection between our physical bodies with Christ as we are buried and crucified with Christ as we shall also be risen with Him.  When we give our lives to the LORD, God takes all not just the heart but the body also.  Since it is the body that act as an instrument of sin or the LORD depending on which master we serve.  When we come to Christ, He sends God the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  In a sense we become the temple, the holy of holies where the Spirit of God dwells during the days of the tabernacle.  Just read the scripture and you will start to see the seriousness of this commandment.

Now lets look at the heart and mind factor of the implications of this.  And we will turn to Jesus Christ Himself to get a sense of God’s position on the matter.

Matthew 5

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’[e] 28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’[f] 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus Christ attacks the issue at its starting point, a lustful heart.  He says that the lust in the heart has already committed the sin and broken the commandment.  How often have we done this?  How often have we even been with our spouse and committed the act?  Then Christ says that we need to attack the weakness that causes the sin.  He isn’t saying to actually gouge your eye out but to make war and to seriously deal with sin in our lives.  When we don’t take those things to heart, we are giving sin and foot hold in our hearts.  It then will spread like cancer and consume us.  Christ says that it is better that you limit yourself to certain things in order to not condemn yourself to the fires of hell.  We may have to cut of our liberties in Christ.  I have always try to make it a point to not put myself in a place where I will be tempted.

James 1:13-15

13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

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