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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:27

Ten Commandments- Commandment 6

The 10 Commandments

This Week’s Focus:

 

The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery

 

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.

Bible Teaching
God forbids divorce (except for marital unfaithfulness) Matthew 19:3-9; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

sexual intercourse between unmarried persons 1 Corinthians 6:9-19

as well as all other sexual sins Romans 1:18-27

Our true calling as Christian husbands and wives is to reflect the marriage covenant of salvation between Jesus and His bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33)

Quote
“But this commandment is aimed directly at the state of marriage and gives us an opportunity to speak about it.  First, understand and mark well how gloriously God honors and praises this estate.  For by His commandment He both approves and guards it.  He has approved it above in the Fourth Commandment, ‘Honor your father and your mother.’  But here He has (as we said) hedged it about and protected it.  Therefore, He also wishes us to honor it (Hebrews 13:4) and to maintain and govern it as a divine and blessed estate because, in the first place, He has instituted it before all others.  He created man and woman separately, as is clear (Genesis 1:27).  This was not for lewdness, but so that they might live together in marriage, be fruitful, bear children, and nourish and train them to honor God (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 128; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4).”  Martin Luther, Large Catechism, Concordia, p.

 

 

Our Confession
·        We confess that marriage was instituted by God in Paradise (see Genesis 2:18-24)

·        We confess that marriage is a reflection of the marriage covenant of salvation Christ has with His bride, the Church.

·        We confess that all sins against this and all other Commandments must be dealt with through repentance, not excusing the sin.

·        We reject the practice of adultery (intercourse with someone else while married).

·        We reject the practice of fornication (intercourse outside of marriage).

·        We reject the practice of homosexuality (intercourse with a member of the same sex).

Discussion Questions
1. How and why have sexual sins become prevalent among us?

2. How should we counter this in public debate and practice?

3. How should we combat it in our homes and congregations?

4. How do we deal with own sinfulness toward our spouse?

5. What do Christ and the church mean to our conduct as husbands and wives?

Prayer
Lord, grant us purity of heart, mind, spirit, and body in and out of the marriage relationship.  Forgive us all sins of body and soul, and grant that we may reflect the marriage covenant of salvation in our lives.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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