Sins of the Body
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery
Introduction: As we continue to study the second table of the law which deals with man's relation to man, we remember the fifth commandment dealt exclusively with man's relation to his parents and the sixth with mans relation to another man's life. The seventh commandment which we study today refers to man's relationship to others in faithfulness. Although the word adultery does refer in its primary sense to matters relative to sex, it does have a secondary interpretation of unfaithfulness and it is this aspect with which we are primarily concerned in this lesson.
I. The Sin Defined -- Unfaithfulness as an Individual to His Environment.
A. Unfaithfulness in the home.
1. Parents may be unfaithful to each other. Matt. 5:27-32.
2. Children may be unfaithful to parents. Eph. 6:l. By being disobedient, and by not being truthful.
3. Children may be unfaithful to each other. By not being fair with each other, by not being truthful. I Jn. 2:10. Love is active benevolence. I John 3:l0; 14-18; 3:20-21.
B. Unfaithfulness to Your Neighbor and Friends.
I. For teenagers: This can mean the committing of sins which others do not suspect of you, and in deceit, you become unfaithful. This may involve sex sins. Dr. John R. Rice says there are at least three actions which can lead a person to commit adultery.
(a.) The modern dance. This, through close contact of bodies can incite human passions that may become uncontrollable.
(b.) Indecent movies. Most movies have sex as their principle theme.
2. Unreliability is a Result of Unfaithfulness. Individuals in a society or community who are unfaithful in upholding the important aspects of good citizenship are unreliable persons, who are not of benefit to their community. We need to be sure we are good citizens in our society. That we are law-abiding, respectable, dependable, helpful and contributing citizens of our community. Anything short of this is being unfaithful to our neighbors.
3. Unfaithful to Your Country. We should be informed citizens always seeking the best for our beloved country. We should be those who stand for the preservation of a sovereign United States.
II. The sin and its Fault. Unfaithfulness is a sin against:
A. Self -- It degrades a person's character and causes a feeling of shame to engulf them and thereby cause a guilt complex which is very detrimental to anyone=s well-being.
B. Parents -- When the prodigal son returned, he admitted he had sinned against his father. Luke l5:l8. Unfaithfulness shows we are not grateful to our parents and do not honor and respect them enough to live as they would have us to.
C. Society -- Unfaithfulness is harmful to society. The breakdown of the home is the ruination of every nation. Disobedient, disrespectful, untruthful children, adulterous parents are a blight on any people.
D. God -- We are made in His image and likeness and He intended for us to be like Him in faithfulness. Il Tim. 2:13.
Ill. The Sin and its Consequences.
A. The Future Judgment. God says, "Thou shalt not." When such strong wording is disobeyed, punishment must be expected. Rom. 2:6. Consider some scriptures where God speaks of this sin. Job 31:11; Prov. 6:27-29, 32; I Cor. 6:9; Eph. 5:3; Rev. 21:8; Lev. 20:10; Heb. 13:4.
B. The Present Judgment. Num. 32:23. Many suffer in this life as a result of their committing these sins as enumerated here.
IV. The Sin and its Escape. I Cor. 6:9 -11. All sin and its punishment can be escaped by coming to Christ. Rom. 3:19-22. The Bible says, "Abstain from all appearance of evil."
II Thess. 5:22. Let us be sure we are safe and saved by the blood of Jesus and that He is ruling in our life so that we might not be guilty of these things.