The Seventh Commandment
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

What is the New Testament meaning of this commandment?

We should honor and love God by maintaining a standard of chastity and purity in our thoughts and deeds, by each honoring and loving his or her companion, and by loving him or her as one loves himself.

Not only does God command honor and respect to be given to one's person, he commands the same to that which is closest to him, his wife who is one with him. No higher injury could come to one than an injury upon his companion.

Marriage is the oldest and strongest social institution of the human race. It has been approved by God since the first couple lived in the garden of Eden. The rights inherent in this union are protected by divine decree: thou shalt not commit adultery. God has not created man and woman for lewdness but to live together in the married state, become parents, and teach their children to honor and glorify God.

Christ gave insights relative to one's relationship to another. Not only did he forbid the violation of this commandment in act, he forbade one to look upon a woman to lust after her. He indicated that adultery was first committed in one's heart even though later it might be in act.

Satan sometimes in our democratic society suggests to the youth that premarital sex relations are normal according to nature. Be not deceived on this issue. It is a violation of God's moral law. Furthermore, a person who practices this immorality before marriage will, if given the opportunity, be tempted to engage in the same immorality after marriage. The same logic applies to both.

The judgments of God and a life of misery accompany those who disregard God's moral law.

Assignment for this lesson:

Genesis 38:12-30; 49:3-4; Exodus 20:14; Numbers 25:1-9; Deuteronomy 22:22-24; 24:1-4; Judges Chapters 19-20; II Samuel Chapters 11, 12, 13; Matthew 5:27-32; 19:3-9.

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