Adultery

Sexual Unfaithfulness to one's Spouse

  1. Adultery is the main theme of Hosea -- Hos. 4:13
  2. As seen from the Old Testament.
    1. Laws against adultery.
      1. An illegal act according to the Ten Commandments -- Ex. 20:14; Dt. 5:18
      2. Other OT laws on adultery -- Lev. 20:10; Num. 5:12-31; Dt. 22:22-24
    2. Examples:
      1. Judah and Tamar -- Gen. 38:15-18
      2. David and Bathsheba -- 2 Sam. 11:2-5
      3. Others in Judah -- Jer. 5:7-9; 29:23
    3. Characteristics of the sin.
      1. Adultery is a sin against God and one's spouse -- Gen. 39:7-9; 2 Sam. 12:13; Ps. 51:4
      2. It is a personally dangerous sin -- Pr. 2:16-19; 6:25-29, 32
      3. Defiles whole nations -- Jer. 3:1; 23:10-15; Eze. 33:26
  3. New Testament Perspective.
    1. The sin of Adultery.
      1. Begins in a sinful heart -- Mt. 15:19
      2. Considered a sinful action -- Rom. 7:2-3; James 2:11; 2 Pet. 2:14
      3. Sinful even in thought -- Mt. 5:27-28
      4. Remarriage as adultery -- Mt. 5:31-32, 19:8-9
    2. Results of adultery.
      1. Leads to God's judgment -- Heb. 13:4
      2. Leads to exclusion from the kingdom -- Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 6:9; Rev. 22:15
      3. Pardon promised for adulterers -- Jn. 8:3-11; 1 Cor. 6:11
  4. Spiritual Adultery.
    1. Old Testament References -- Jer. 3:6-10, 20; Eze. 16:37-42; Hos. 1:2
    2. New Testament References -- Mt. 12:39; James 4:4
    3. God judges spiritual adultery -- Jer. 5:11-17; Eze. 16:37-42; Mk. 8:38
    4. God desires faithfulness His Son, Jesus -- 2 Cor. 11:2

If a person continues to live in adultery, see Sexual Immorality; Warnings, and Obedience. If a person Repents of adultery, see Forgiveness and Peace.

See also Marriage.




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