27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Matthew 5:27-32 KJV
Do not commit adultery
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In Matthew 5, Jesus is completing the command of do not commit adultery in the Old Testament. Jesus addresses the heart issue that whoever looks at a woman with lust has committed adultery in their heart. The majority of people Jesus talked to were married. Adultery is a spouse committing sexual act outside of their marriage. Jesus is saying that if a man or a woman who is married, looks at another person with lust has already committed the act in their heart.
Someone who isn't married who looks at someone with lust has committed fornication. Adultery involves people who are married or bound by a spouse. Two single people cannot commit adultery. They commit fornication. If two single people lust after each other they are committing fornication in their heart.
Divorce & Remarriage
The Bible teaches that anyone who divorces and remarries while their ex-spouse is alive, is living in adultery.
⇒“And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.”
Mark 10:11-12 KJV
•18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery. Luke 16:18 KJV
Jesus is saying in Luke 16:18, the man who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. Then, anyone who marries that man’s ex-wife, whom he divorced and committed adultery against, commits adultery with the innocent divorced ex-wife. Why? Jesus knows that marriage covenants and vows last until death. Many people believe that if any spouse commits adultery, the other spouse is free to remarry because the covenant is broken. This would include lusting in the heart for someone other than their spouse because Jesus calls that adultery. Jesus speaks against that in Luke 16:18.
⇒9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
Matthew 19:9-12 KJV
⇒The disciples said it isn’t good to marry because Jesus was letting them know the permanency of marriage. Marriage is good and pleasing to the Lord (Hebrews 13:4). Jesus says some men have become eunuchs (castrated (Jesus is not condoning self-mutilation), or celibate) for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.
⇒The only exception for a divorce is fornication. Fornication includes all sexual immorality. A spouse may divorce their spouse if they are guilty of fornication. Divorce does not mean to Annul, Abolish, or END a marriage covenant. Divorce only means to separate. The spouse can divorce which is to separate from the one who committed the sexual sin but they cannot remarry until their spouse dies. The reason is because death is the only means to end a marriage covenant. The Bible is very clear that a woman and man are bound to each other as long as they both live.
⇒“ And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.”
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 KJV
•“The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 7:39 KJV
2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:2-3 KJV
These books below have helped my wife and I come to knowledge of the Truth. It was VERY difficult to receive at first but Jesus says, "All men cannot receive this saying." Not everyone can accept the command of marriage. If they cannot accept it then they must remain single / eunuch. Another eye opening truth was that all of the early church did not believe in any divorce and remarriage. They believed the exception to only mean for divorce / separation and the only way they could marry again was if their spouse died.