• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Lent – Day 16 – A Study Of Matthew 5


“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” Matthew 5:31-32

From the beginning the relationship of a man to a woman in marriage was and is a holy estate, because it exists as a type of the relationship of Christ and the Church. Divorce and adultery breach that holy union. Sexual immorality breaks the bon

d of love and trust. It strips away the foundation of the holy union of marriage and in essence denies the grace of God to keep one true to their vows.

When we received Jesus as Lord we entered into a blood covenant with Him, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit. And unlike other blood covenants and greater than other blood covenants Jesus represented us, the sinners in need of a Savior, and He represented the Father, the Righteous Judge, Whose Holy Law demands the shedding of Blood for the remission of sin. He took on Himself our sins and shed His own sinless blood as the substitutionary atonement for our sins. [Hebrews 9:2]

We received the benefit of this amazing act of love merely by believing in our hearts that God has raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. [Romans 10:9-10]

In that act of faith we became one with Him, we became His body and He became our Head. In marriage the man becomes the head of the wife and the wife becomes his body in a spiritual context. Jesus, as fully man, was raised from the dead and now is the head of the Church as fully God. He is also our High Priest before the Father, ever living to make intercession for us.

When we break our covenant union with Him by adultery or we deny Him by unbelief we are as Adam and Eve naked before the world of sin and death and subject to all kinds of troubles, strifes, divisions, wars and disasters. When we easily cast aside our faith in Him and seek after other gods or other religions we act as adulterers and adulteresses. When we witness to the world by our actions and words of rebellion that our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ is broken, we can cause others to fall away or resist coming to faith in Jesus Christ because of our adultery.

But when we stay faithful and true to our vows, whether of marriage or of our faithful relationship to Jesus as the body of Christ then we are at one with Him and His life becomes our life. In Him is life and there is no darkness at all, no sin and no death only life and that more abundantly.

The only reason a believer would ever have, if it were possible, for turning away from God is if God chose to break His covenant with us and sought after another people (outside the human race). That will never happen. So, we have no justification now or ever for walking away from so great a salvation, so great a love, so great a hope in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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