The Ten Commandments or the Law of God Series
Neither shalt thou commit adultery
Again starting with Keach’s Baptist Catechism of 1677 we find:
75. Which is the seventh commandment?
The seventh commandment is, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ex. 20:14
76. What is required in the seventh commandment?
77. What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A few things that are immediately discerned from what Keach relays are:
All lustful desires in marriage are adultery and sinful
All unchaste (sexual context) speech is forbidden
It is one thing to appreciate beauty another to lust after it; Proverbs 6:25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
Everyone is tempted by lustful desires, it is how you handle them that matters; James 1:14-15 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The world has a different opinion about lust and it is an abomination to God; 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
Watson introduces this Commandment with:
God is a pure, holy being, and has an infinite antipathy against all impurity. In this commandment he has entered his caution against it, “You shall not commit adultery.” The sum of this commandment is–the preservations of bodily purity. We must take heed of running on the rock of impurity, and so making shipwreck of our chastity. In this commandment there is something tacitly implied, and something expressly forbidden.
He then has two main sections that where he breaks down the commandment:
I. The thing implied is that the ordinance of MARRIAGE should be observed.
II. The thing forbidden in the commandment is infecting ourselves with bodily pollution and impurity.
Pink likewise begins his comments on the Seven Commandment with:
The virtues of purity are the basis of the domestic relations, and as the family is the foundation of human society, the class of duties here involved is second only to those which preserve man’s existence. Hence it is that, immediately following the commandment which declares the sacredness of human life, there is that precept that is a hedge about the highest relationship of creaturehood, thus safeguarding the holy function of the procreation of life. Nothing is more essential for the social order than that the relationship upon which all others are subsequently based should be jealously protected against every form of attack. The commandment is a simple, unqualified, irrevocable negative: “thou shalt not.” No argument is used, no reason is given, because none is required. This sin is so destructive and damning that the mere mention of its name is, in itself, sufficient cause for this stern forbidding.
This commandment plainly intimates that God claims the body as well as the soul for His service. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” ( Romans 12:1). “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof…. if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” ( Romans 6:12; 8:13). “The body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body…. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid…. glorify God in your body, and in your spirit” ( 1 Corinthians 6:13,15,20).
We must be on guard daily as the world will throw all it can to temp our immoral desires.
Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5, The Ten Commandments
Keach’s Baptist Catechism of 1677 – Modern #44-92
Thomas Watson’s classic The Ten Commandments
Systematic Theology, Charles Hodge, Chapter XIX, The Law
The Ten Commandments, by A. W. Pink
The Doctrine of Law and the Grace Unfolded – John Bunyan
A Treatise on the Law and the Gospel by John Colquhoun, D.D