Considering Proverbs 11:7

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

The wording of this is a little strange.

We might say that when a wicked many dies, his hopes die with him. When he dies, the hope that others had in him also perishes.

For example, a wicked leader has plans for himself and the people he leads. Because he is wicked, his plans are futile and amount to nothing once he is dead. Let’s say that people looked to this wicked leader and trusted in him in some way. Once the leader is gone, the hope they had dies with him.

We could also say that everything a wicked person hopes to accomplish die with him and all the things he put his trust in also die.

For example, a wicked person might hope to build a life that is enriched with money, houses, lands, social status, etc. They trust that if they form alliances with other wicked people and place their trust in them, they can achieve this goal. Instead, they die and the wicked people that they trusted in die also because they do not know God.

This makes me think of a parable that Jesus taught. We call this parable, The Parable of the Rich Fool found in Luke Chapter 12.

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

The “rich fool” trusted in his riches. He thought that because he had plenty, he would take it easy from now on. Instead, he died. Once dead, his expectation of a life of ease and plenty died with him.

This also makes me think of something written about the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 18 that states, “the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.”

Whether we are considering the plans of the wicked, trusting in the wicked, or wicked pursuits in general, the end will be death. How futile and foolish, but without the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, many of us would do just that.

The expectation and hope of a Christian is in the promises of Jesus Christ, and these will never fail because everything He says is true and He is always faithful to do as He says.

Sometimes hoping in Jesus means doing things that seem foolish in the world and sometimes it means making sacrifices or suffering in some way. One day the shame and suffering we endure for hoping in Jesus will vanish away and all the hopes of the wicked will perish also.

Far better to be a fool for His sake and to trust in Him than to trust in the wicked, riches, and all things that seem to be good and wise in the eyes of this world.

 It all belongs to Jesus anyway.

Our riches. Our friends. Our families. Our time. Our lives.

All things were made by Him and for Him, so if we think we own anything or can hope in anything other than Him we are behaving foolishly.

All that we have is at His full disposal to use as He deems. Realizing this is liberating and brings peace. We want to build up our lives, and to some degree we have to. Yet, if we are His servants, all that we have is His.

We should be willing to give it all up for His use and walk away from our lives in this world should He call us to because He gave all and He can take away—and this is His right—and “all things are working together for the good of those who are called according to His purposes.”

Another scripture comes to mind from James 4:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

God is in control. The more we realize this and submit ourselves to His service, the more peace we will have and the more expectation of good things we can have also.

Our faith in Jesus is made stronger because we know that we are in His service and He will give us all things as necessary to perform His work, and when our work is done, our lives are forfeit until He returns and raises us again.

I believe that striving to live in this manner is what it means to walk after the Spirit of God. We go where He goes, do what He says to do, and live as those who are willing to lose it all for His sake—trusting in Him to provide us with the guidance and strength along the way. This is not a foolish hope or expectation, but the calling of the Christian whose hope is Jesus Christ.

In closing:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Let us keep seeking Jesus so that He is our expectation and our hope. Let us keep seeking Him so that we can walk more after the Spirit and less after the ways of this world—a world whose expectation and hope only leads to death.

Site Menu Change for Finding Previous Posts More Easily

This is just a quick note for readers.

I have loosely tried to keep organized as I go by creating categories and a simple website menu. As things have progressed, some categories have become overlapped and the website became “cluttered” and not so clearly defined.

Plus, since there are almost 300 posts now, scrolling through a blog roll isn’t the best way to find a previous post if you’re looking for something specific.

Hopefully things are getting more organized now.

The website menu is updated and the categories for most posts have also been updated as needed.

I also need to write a sort of “statement of faith.” I plan to approach that by creating a page that defines the gospel because it seems that Christians vary in their definition of the gospel. This might be helpful for readers should they have any questions regarding my stance on this topic.

I might update the About/Contact page because I used to follow a posting schedule and I do not anymore. However, the primary focuses are mostly the same. Just to recap for new readers, we are currently looking at:

  • The Proverbs: Considering the proverbs from a Christian perspective and applying these to current issues/Christian living.
  • The Parables of Jesus: We are currently looking at The Parable of the Building on Rock and Sand as informed by The Sermon on the Mount.
  • These Things Saith He: This is a look at the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation.
  • Reposts/Rewrites from Kindlingtruth.com: I want to repost/revise articles from my previous website. I have not been very active in this lately and I want to get back to it, Lord willing.
  • Occasional Motivational/Current Event Posts: If something randomly strikes me as being important to mention within the Christian faith or in current events, I will do so.

I think that is it for now. Hopefully things are coming together in a more cohesive way. Thank you for taking the time to read and feel free to reach out in the comments or by email anytime with questions, things you want to share, concerns, or just to chat.

❤ Amanda

These Things Saith He – Method of Interpretation

There are several ideas about how prophecy should be interpreted and this is a subject that one can research on their own.

The perspective taken within the contents of “These Things Saith He” is based on this idea:

God does not look at things from the same perspective as man does. Man looks at the outer appearance of a matter. God looks at the heart and spirit of the matter.

The laws of the Kingdom of God according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ provide great examples of this. For example, murder and adultery are not just physical acts. They begin in the heart. See Matthew Chapter 5.

When interpreting prophecy, it seems that the most beneficial method of interpretation deals with the heart, or spirit, of what is written. This method is most beneficial because it yields lessons that we can apply to our lives as Christians.

Many arguments regarding prophecy and the scriptures in general lead to a lot of “straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel.” Meaning, many are overly focused on arguments over the intellectual side of the scriptures. Considering themselves to be “wise and prudent,” they are blinded by pride and therefore miss the larger point that is being made—a point that we can all learn from.

Rather than getting hung up on times, place names, and whether prophecy is for the past, present, or future, we can consider the timeless messages that our Lord, Jesus is speaking to us by the Holy Spirit.

“Heaven and Earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” – Jesus Christ

His words are everlasting and worthy of our attention and His words are useful when applied to the spirit of the person hearing them. “If any man has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.”

Lord willing, we will do our upmost to “hear” what the Spirit is saying to the churches of Revelation 2 and 3 so that we can see our sin clearly and repent, find areas of that need to be made stronger, and seek Jesus so that we can stand with Him against all that would make war against His Kingdom.

This process starts with the corruptions of our own heart and the foul spirits that have invaded much of our Christian establishments. These corruptions are one day “removed out of their place” because the Kingdom of Heaven has no place for them.

The grace of God is with all who are chosen for His purposes in Jesus Christ, so we trust in Him. With trust and a desire to grow in faithfulness to our Redeemer and Lord, we look for a “city wherein righteousness dwells” and we begin by looking to ourselves, not to condemn one another, but to strengthen the called of God in this present time.

Therefore, the contents of “These Things Saith He” does not focus on churches of any specific name, time, or place. Rather, the aim considers over-arching ideas that are taught in the letters to the seven churches of Revelation. With these ideas in mind, we can evaluate all that we have built in the Name of Jesus including our individual lives and all manner of Christendom at large.

Although the purpose is not for destruction, but for edification, this statement could also be true: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not sin.” If the ideas considered in this book are indeed a faithful representation of what Jesus is saying by the Holy Spirit to the church, then great consideration should be given.

This statement is not meant to control by means of fear, shaming, or undue claims of authority by the author. All Christians have access to God by the Holy Spirit according to the grace of God we receive of Jesus Christ. This statement is meant to bring the reader into a state of mind that understands the gravity of the word of God—a word that kills as well as makes alive. Take all things into prayerful consideration should you decide to proceed.

The above is the draft version of the second chapter to a book I plan to write and publish in a manner that is free of charge to the public.

I wrote in These Things Saith He: Contents that I will publish the drafts here first and offer opportunity for others to share their thoughts before the final work is completed.

I’m open to and greatly value the insight, experiences, and thoughts of my Christian brethren because we are a body knit together in Christ that is meant to work together without over reliance on our leaders. I am not your leader, but I do try to be faithful to what I have received to the best of my ability, and I look to Jesus for gracious judgment of my service and the service of all who truly love Him.

Previous Chapter: These Things Saith He — Introduction

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:

12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;

34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.

36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

We’ll be hunkering down here in my neck of the woods for the next few days until Ida settles down. Lord willing, we will get back to work here soon. God is in control and He walked among us and He rebuked the winds and rains and they calmed. If He chooses to let a storm continue, it is His doing and we will be glad and praise Him for His goodness nonetheless. Prayers for the peace of the Lord, Jesus for all affected ❤

Some Thoughts on Matthew 12

Experiences and emotions can cloud our vision and dull our hearing of what the Lord is speaking by His Spirit, so it is good to consider ourselves so that we can get to know the will of Jesus better and repent of misconceptions and false things spoken in His Name.

The articles I wrote recently about adultery contained some stark ideas about our heart towards Jesus. Last night and this morning, I have been thinking about the ideas in Matthew Chapter 12 and I want to weigh these ideas against what was written in those articles.

In Matthew Chapter 12, we read that Jesus was rebuked by the religious authorities because He allowed His disciples to eat corn on the sabbath day and Jesus also performed healing miracles on the sabbath day. Jesus said that mercy is better than sacrifice and it is better to do good on the sabbath than to do evil.

They also accused Jesus of casting out devils by the prince of devils. Here is Jesus’s response:

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

At first, I was thinking about the ideas in bold. Then, I looked to Matthew 12 for context and here are my thoughts. Take it for what it is worth or not worth.

Jesus says that all manner of sin and blasphemy against the Son of man (Jesus) shall be forgiven. Speaking against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven.

I’m wrestling with this idea. I know that the forgiveness of Jesus is amazing and He is truly a God of mercy. He will forgive us of our wrong doings against Him and the things we speak about Him falsely.

This is a good thing to consider for those who want to accuse their fellow servants as being false Christians because they carry a misconception about Jesus and about God. Some Christian sects and some individuals are way too harsh in their judgments. I have been there to, so I understand, but I also know that the Lord will open our eyes to this lest it be said of us that we were found “drunken and smiting our fellow servants.”

We all “see God as through a glass darkly.” He can reveal Himself to whomever He chooses, but the more we see the more culpable we become and therefore the more mercy we should be willing to give because our own transgressions could be weighed more heavily. Moses, when He struck the rock twice, is a good example of this.

I want to weigh all things with mercy as much as possible, looking to the blood of Jesus for forgiveness and justification in the sight of God.

However, we do serve a Kingdom in which righteousness dwells. We can show patience with our fellow servants who misunderstand Jesus, but when it come to the truth of what righteous living looks like and the heart towards Jesus that we should pursue, we cannot make room for spirits of devils and for Satan. They have to go, and it is by the Holy Spirit—the spirit of truth—that all manner of lies and the father of them are cast out.

If we love lies how can we love the truth, and if we do not love the truth how can we be made free, and if we are not made free whose servant are we?

If we say that evil is good and good is evil, how will we judge rightly, and if we cannot judge rightly, how do we do what is pleasing to our Lord? How do we serve Him in His Kingdom now and in the Kingdom to come?

Holiness should be pursued and should not be evil spoken of—and holiness requires us to show a great deal of patience and mercy with our fellow servants—especially in areas where we are all ignorant until Jesus reveals Himself to the world more fully and establishes His reign (after the false christ’s attempt).

Holiness also requires us to lead our brethren away from sin, but not in a manner that is overly harsh or condemning.

I trust that all who are truly my brothers and sisters in Christ, “those who do the will of my Father in heaven are my brothers and sisters,” will not be severed from Jesus. He will not “divorce” them but He will forgive them—because any who sincerely love Jesus will eventually come to the knowledge of the truth by the Holy Spirit, repent, and find renewed strength to do better and better until the day when Jesus returns and all is made right and new. This is a promise of God for His elect and He will do it.

However, I also trust that many will “lose what they seemed to have.” Many are “tares” and not “wheat.” Many are cast out for “not having on a wedding garment.” The door is shut on the “foolish virgins.” Many will be “removed out of their place.”

I was such as these at one point, and it was by the faithful preaching of a fellow servant that I was able to “come out of her” and seek Jesus more earnestly. I still aim to do so and Lord willing we all grow in that direction, knowing that there is always more to gain. We can always be more faithful to Jesus.

A good heart towards Jesus does not look for ways around doing as He would have us to do, but rather, looks for areas of sin that need to be repented of and weak areas that need to be strengthened—with faith—knowing that “He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.”

So, we preach the truth—by the Holy Spirit of Truth—in attempts to toss out all things that do not fit in the Kingdom of God according to the measure of understanding we are given.

Thanks to Jesus that He loves mercy and we are forgiven of our misconceptions about Him and His love covers all sin. Many of our false teachings are forgiven also and He will gather us to Him and teach us afresh if we seek Him, even now if it is His will for us.

Yet, a heart that rejects holiness and truth but embraces sin and lies cannot find Jesus and grow in Him, and such a heart towards Jesus and His sacrifice is wicked.

How can we say that we have faith if our hearts towards Him are evil? Our fruits will be evil also and our trees cast into the lake of fire. Jesus said so Himself. “Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.”

We make mistakes. We strive against sin. We are confused sometimes about Christian doctrine. Jesus forgives and His blood covers us. Let no accuser stand against you. Let no slandering spirit stand either that tells us “you shall not surly die” if your heart is not in the right place towards our Lord and Savior.

If you are having trouble understanding the difference, pray about it and also think about your own relationships. You yourself are more gracious and merciful towards someone who wants to do right but cannot than someone who does evil without any regard for what is right.

Even when we regard what is right, we can be blind and think we are right when we are not. So, in humility, we remain “poor in spirit” as we seek Jesus to heal our blind spots, show us the right way, and give us strength to walk therein. In humility, we also do not accuse and condemn others who are striving in the same manner.

I hope this makes my stance clear. It helped me to consider if my hatred for fornication and adultery clouded my judgment. I do not think it does, but I do think it makes the mercy of Jesus all the more precious and the calling of His Kingdom—beginning with a pure and faithful heart towards God made strong by the Holy Ghost of God—all the more worth pursuing.

Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 3

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

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 3.

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

Divorce and remarriage are so commonplace that I wonder how many people, including our religious leaders, stand by the teachings of Jesus in this regard? Not many, it seems. I am thankful for those who do because marriage is hard and all the more for those whose generation bred child-like men and women who are self-serving, unreliable, and resistant to hard work.

Add acceptance of fornication and high adultery rates to the mix and divorce becomes just another thing that people do. So is remarriage. By this standard, how many are adulterers? A high percentage of people.

There can be forgiveness in Christ for all sin, but when we fail to acknowledge sin and willingly commit sin without regard for the price that was paid for us, that is not good.

If you marry someone and later find out that they had sex with someone before they married you—and this is presuming you did not know this already and accepted the fact before you married them—then you can divorce.

Adultery is not mentioned, but that’s because it doesn’t have to be. Adultery is also a form of fornication because fornication means sex outside of marriage. Adultery is also divorce by definition because you are severing your bond with your spouse and joining with another. It’s a done deal pending the forgiveness of your spouse—which they are not obligated to give in any measure.  

Is there any other cause for divorce other than fornication? I think there might be, but each person should seek the Lord in this. Abuse and extreme cases of neglect or failure to provide marital duties that men and women should provide seem like a good reasons, though, maybe you should not remarry once you get a divorce. Paul the apostle says that if an unbelieving spouse leaves, the believing spouse is not bound. In that case, remarriage might be acceptable.

I personally don’t like to instruct people in these areas. I would just say that we should be cautious about who we marry in the first place, abstain from fornication, and do not commit adultery. Sometimes you wind up in a bad situation because you made foolish choices in youth, then this becomes your lot in life. You have to learn to “abide in the calling wherein you are called,” hold hope for your spouse, and trust in the Lord.

You can read more about marriage and divorce in 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5. I’m sure there are many in-depth studies available on this topic Online as well.  

As far as the relationship between Jesus Christ and the church goes, what can we say?

Would Jesus divorce a church that committed fornication with Satan? It seems so. Especially when it comes to worshipping the false prophet and beast as God. There will come a time when many who call themselves Christian fully join with someone other than Jesus, and this is when the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon comes into her fullness.

I also think about the Church of Thyatira in Revelation 2. Fornication is rampant and accepted, and I think this includes both literal fornication and spiritual fornication between Christians and the things of this world. Jesus says, “I will kill her children with death,” meaning all that was birthed by a church that is in league with this world. Perhaps some souls are spared but the works burned up, like Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 3, but I would not bank on that.

As a sign off good conscience towards God and the sacrifice and will of our Lord, Jesus, we should not look for any loophole that condones sin and “turns the grace of God into lasciviousness.” Many parables are given that warn about unfaithfulness in the church, and to think that we can just get away with that because of the blood of Jesus is foolishness.

Many people have been personally touched by fornication and adultery. Witnessing or experiencing the effects can create a great hatred for fornication and adultery. How much more should we esteem faithfulness to Jesus Christ: the Son of God, God With Us, and the One we call Lord? I hate any teaching that condones fornication against Jesus, and I think God does too. I think this is what “the doctrine of the Nicolaitans” represents, though I could be wrong.

We all fight against the flesh and against sin. Let no one accuse you. Yet, Jesus will try our hearts towards Him. We can seek Him now so that our blind spots and hardness of heart can be revealed to us and so we can be strengthened in Spirit and walk more faithfully to Him. He forgives but He is not to be trifled with or taken advantage of either. Make no mistake about that.

This article is part of a series that considers the Parables of Jesus. Right now, we are looking at the statements Jesus made during His Sermon on the Mount, to which He referenced in His Parable of the Building on Rock and Sand. Visit the link for quick access to all articles written within this series. Subscribe for notifications of future posts.

Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 2

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

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 2.

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.

I don’t think I have ever considered the above passage in terms of adultery until now. The reason I do now is because the upcoming verses 31-32 continue to deal with this issue, so this seems to be the context.

In regards to lusting after someone, Jesus instructs that it would be better for us to pluck out our eye than to look after someone with lust. It would be better to cut off our hand than to even begin to touch a person in an adulterous manner.

Why?

Adultery leads to hell.

This is very true and in more than one way.

Relationships and families are torn apart, and next to murder, there are not many things you can do to a person that is worse. Having someone you trust betray you in such a way is devastating. It shatters your entire sense of self, reality, and sends you into a spiral of despair, mistrust, and self-hatred. The after-effects are the same as soldiers who experience PTSD. There are flashbacks, paranoia and hypervigilance, depression, anxiety, and avoidance—to name a few.

If the person who commits adultery cares about the person they harmed and they attempt to mend the relationship, they have to live with the devastating effects on the person they love. They have to deal with being mistrusted, questioned, emotional and physical distance from their spouse while they process what happened, and a great deal of questions and perhaps fighting as their spouse attempts to understand what went wrong, learn to forgive, learn to trust, and attempt to heal.

In many situations, the relationship does not mend. It ends. Then you have divorce, which is a tragedy in the eyes of God. However, because of the strain that adultery has on marriage, adultery and fornication (sex before marriage) are the only justified causes for divorce given in the bible. Divorce is serious. Marriage is supposed to mimic the relationship of the church with Christ. If the church is severed from Christ, the church dies.

Adultery and divorce are akin to death. They brings you to hell.

So, it is far better to pluck out your eye than to look at someone with lust. It is far better to cut off your hand than to touch someone in lust.

In the Old Covenant, adultery was punishable by death and this was just.

In Jesus Christ, we have the New Covenant—and there is forgiveness.

Forgiveness of our sins is an incredible thing and sometimes I think we take this too lightly because we are far removed from the justice of the Old Covenant.

This forgiveness was paid with a great price: the blood of the Son of God.

Should we be unfaithful to Him?

The Great Whore of Mystery Babylon is the figure of the unfaithful church. This is a spiritual church that exists in all time and in all nations. All kingdoms of this world are included. I mention the West specifically because that is my nation and my calling in ministry (not to leave out readers from other nations. I see you, appreciate you, and I hope you are helped in some way).

You can read about the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17-19. We do not want to be of the Great Whore, but in some respects we already are. That is why we are instructed to “come out of her my people that you be not partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven and the Lord has remembered her iniquity.”

John Chapter 8 tells a beautiful story about a time when Jesus forgave an adulterous woman. He can forgive us also, but we have to repent and “go and sin no more.” We cannot continue to commit fornication with this world in a manner that disregards our Redeemer and Lord.

I don’t know how we all-together avoid fornication with this world. We would have to go out of this world because we have to live. For example, I don’t know how to live in this time without giving some of my money to evil men. That upsets me, but I don’t know what to do about it until the time comes when the Lord takes it all away. However, there are ways in which I can avoid fornication with this world with help from Jesus and the strength of His Spirit—and we can all continue to seek growth in this area.

We cannot love this world and love God also. Having lived in a prosperous nation, I do understand the temptation to loving this world. I have been through it too. I am also prone to fear over financial troubles and losing security and modern comforts like electricity, running water, and refrigeration. Sometimes I long to lose the digital world. I kind of hate it, though I do appreciate the way it has been used to spread the gospel and allows small ministers to speak without much expense.

In any case, if there come a time when we have to choose between losing it all—even our lives—for the Name of Jesus or joining with the false christ, then we have to stand strong with Him. I trust that we will. I believe that the chosen of God will be faithful because He will make a way just as He always did. He will strengthen us by His Spirit, and it is also true that for some “ten thousand will fall by your side but it will not come near you.”

However, a good heart towards our Lord is willing to give it all up, suffer for His sake, and trust in Him to raise us up again.

This is a high calling and not an ability that we naturally possess. We cannot rely on our strength. We would commit fornication. “Except those days had been shortened, no flesh would be saved. But for the sake of those He has chosen, He has shortened the days.” We can rely on His strength because He is faithful and true. Yet, let us seek Him so that we are prepared to stand with Him now because we do not take this matter lightly.

Start by looking for small ways that you can be more faithful to Jesus. Pray for Him to show you your attachments to this world and He will. Pray for Him to send you the Holy Spirit in power so that you can resist temptations and continue to grow in that direction. To Him belongs all power and strength and He will give it to His servants. I keep seeking too.

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Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 1

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

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 1.

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.

This teaching of Jesus is self-explanatory. If it is given to us, all we must do is receive it, accept this teaching as truth, and seek Jesus so we can apply it to our lives.

Adultery is rampant in Western culture.

I know of an honorable man that works in a factory setting in an adultery-filled atmosphere. He is loyal to his wife and his co-workers thought that was strange because “everyone cheats.” It took a while before his co-workers left him alone about it.

He told me a story once about a young, married man that would talk about his cheating on Saturday night then go to church Sunday morning. It was like it was no big deal. The honorable man counselled this young man and he used the above scripture to do so. Somehow, he was ignorant of the scripture. This young man later repented, I believe.

It is sad when we live in a time and culture in which marriage and loyalty are scarce and mocked. Are the people that refuse this teaching happy? Do they have quality relationships? Do they feel fulfilled in their lives? Probably not. Many have become so cavalier about sex and about marriage that they truly do not know how destructive adultery and fornication are.

Marriage is meant to join two people together as one. You are building a life together and your spouse is the one person you are meant to rely on. Your spouse is the one person who you should be able to trust in this world, as far as human beings can be trusted. Your spouse is supposed to be your source of emotional and physical support.

When that relationship is corrupted, there is no trust so working together becomes very difficult if not impossible. Grief and fear take over along with shame and hardness of heart towards one another and towards committed relationships in general.

Can a couple heal after adultery?

Maybe in some instances, but I do not think they ever fully heal. Once that bond is broken, it is broken. You can forgive and move on, learn to build trust again over many years of transparency and honesty, but something is taken away that you have to learn to deal with. The pain never really goes away after someone does this to you, and the shame never really goes away after you have done this to someone you love.

I do think that if the two become serious Christians, Jesus will make the healing process fuller.

In any case, just don’t do it. It is not worth it.

Sometimes people commit physical adultery and sometimes emotional adultery. Lust is adultery, as Jesus teaches. I also believe that when people share intimate details of their lives with the opposite sex, they are committing a form of adultery because your spouse should be the only one who shares that part of your life with you.

With literal adultery so rampant, it might seem strange to many that we should aim even higher as Christians. Lust and emotional betrayal are also forms of adultery. We know that physical adultery begins in these ways, so if we can avoid committing adultery on a small scale then we most likely can avoid in on a larger scale.

As a Christian, I also think about spiritual adultery with Satan.

If our eyes are lusting after the things of this world and sin, then we are committing adultery against Jesus because we are supposed to be espoused to Him as chaste virgins.

Many are foolish, as the Parable of the Wise and Foolish virgins teach. I wonder if their vessels are empty because they gave it all away to the world whorishly instead of keeping themselves for Jesus. I think that is the right interpretation, though I’ve never heard it taught that way. When they run out, they are told to “go to those that sell.”

Go ahead. Sell out, Christian. Sell out to the world and the prince thereof. Sell out to riches and comforts. Sell out to sin and misuse grace to do so. Be like Esau who sold out for mere pottage. That’s what the world is. Pottage. The Wedding Supper of Christ is going to be far better, but you will not be there. See what happens when you “make to yourself friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.” Yes, Jesus was speaking sarcastically. It is not a sin to do so.

When it is time to wake up and trim your lamp, what will you do? Is it not already time?

There is still time to repent, thank the Lord!

There is time to repent of all forms of adultery and there is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. However, we should not be so cavalier about it. We do not take adultery lightly in any sense, including our mind and heart towards God through Jesus Christ.

“Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your strength, and all your mind. This is the first commandment.”

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Considering Proverbs 11:5-6

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

The preservation of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked is a common theme within the proverbs. As I read these passages right now, two prophetic scriptures come to mind.

The fall of Babylon the Great

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:1-5).

As in the Days of Lot

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together (Luke 17: 28-37).

What are we getting at here?

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

How do all these ideas go together?

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good (Ezekiel 16:49-50).

The above passage seems to capture the ideas of the fall of Babylon and the reference to Sodom in the future sense that Jesus made. In Revelation 11, the two witnesses are said to prophecy in a land that is spiritually Sodom.

I hope I’m not losing anyone here. This thread of thought is developing as I go, so thank you for reading along. I like to write in this manner. It feels more authentic because you get to “see” my in-the-moment thought process.

Babylon the Great is the apostate church of the false christ—a church that has become full of evil spirits, hateful leaders, and intoxicated with their love of this world and the prince of it. Are these not also as Sodom? Full of pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness.

When we are aligned with a Christianity or other social movements, ideologies, and the like that gear us towards a love of pride, leisure, and idleness, we are heading down a path of destruction.

Have you heard this saying: Hard times creates strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

This is true and this cycle will eventually come to a full.

Babylon the Great is decadent, full of leisure, and eschews any idea of suffering because they are too important, powerful, and joined with their powerful king. “I sit a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow.” Then comes the return of the True King. Babylon the Great falls. Many are “taken.” This is the same event, as far as I can tell.

Before Jesus returns, many “fall away” and are “taken” by the deceit of the false prophet. They are taken into his deception and his service, eventually waging war on the saints of God and preparing to war against Jesus Himself. This is the Battle of Armageddon.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh (Revelation 19:19-21).

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together (Luke 17:37).

** If my use of this passage in Luke confuses you because of the rapture teaching, consider looking at: A Simple Rebuttal of the Rapture in Favor of the Resurrection. **

We like to harp over certain forms of wickedness. We see how corrupt the world is getting and we thank God that we Christians know better. What were the sins of Sodom? What are the sins of the Babylon the Great? Are we truly any better?

I don’t mean to accuse anyone. I ask myself also. I have lived a life of ease in many ways and I have seen how comforts and modern technology has had a negative effect. We all live very easy lives for the most part here in the West. If called to, are we willing to give this up as Jesus commands? Will we lose our life and find it or will we save our life and lose it?

While we look at the big sinners of our time, consider ourselves also. Will our love of security, wealth, and comfort be our undoing? Will we fall by our own devices? Will we join with a wicked system? Will we deny the teachings of Christ that call us away from serving the self and towards self-sacrifice for His Name’s Sake? How can we do better about laying aside our love of this world and its pleasures in favor of self-control, love of the poor, and reverence for the things of God that are far better?

If it were not for the knowledge that God is in control and all who are chosen by Him will be saved by the grace of God and faith in Jesus, I would be very concerned. People love their riches and all that they worked hard for. “They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.”

For example, I have heard people say that they will not refuse a vaccine they are terrified of and do not believe in if it means losing their career and comfortable life. This makes me think of a parable Jesus taught. Everyone has their events to go to and their lives to plan buildup, but who regards the Supper of the Great God and the Battle of Armageddon?

Wear the mask. Get the vaccine. Worship the Beast and His Image? Is that too far? Is that where you wake up? No. As the scriptures say, “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, how can you contend with horses?”

Perhaps now would be a good time for us to really consider where our priorities and allegiances lay. “You cannot serve God and mammon.”

By the grace of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit we can do anything. We can be like Paul the apostle who learned to be content in all circumstances (Philippians 4). We can be as Job who said, “naked I came into the world and naked I go out. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”