What is the Gospel? According to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Gospel is embodied in these words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
1 Corinthians 2:2 says, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
A.J. Gossip said, “The core and essence of the Gospel is its tremendous and glorious revelation of how deadly is God’s hatred of sin, so that He cannot stand having it in the same universe as Himself, and will go to any length, will pay any price, and will make any sacrifice to master and abolish it not only in the world, but in our hearts.”
TEXT: Matthew 5:31-32:
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.
The early church father A-then-a-go-ras said, “A person should either remain as he was born, or be content with one marriage; for a second marriage is only a specious adultery. He who deprives himself of his first wife, even though she be dead, is a cloaked adulterer, resisting the hand of God and dissolving the strictest union of flesh with flesh, formed for the continuance of the race.”
God’s design for marriage has not changed since the beginning of time. The New Testament reaffirms that one man and one woman should remain together for life. However, Scripture indicates that, due to the hardness of man’s sinful heart, there is at least one very specific exception to the no-divorce rule. It is contained in the parenthetical phrase of Jesus’ statement, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery.” The key phrase is, “saving for the cause of fornication.”
The term “saving for” means “except for.” In order to accurately interpret this, we must be mindful of the context in which Jesus is speaking. He is speaking in a context in which only men could file for divorce, and in which there were two schools of thought on the reasons a man could legitimately give for divorcing his wife. One school said the cause could only be adultery; the other school said the cause could be anything at all. With that in mind, we can safely conclude that Jesus is saying that a man who divorces his wife for any cause other than adultery by default causes his wife to commit adultery (the assumption being that the divorced woman would be compelled to marry another man). And, of course, the man who married her would be committing adultery as well.
In Matthew 19, Jesus expands this statement declaring that the man who divorces his wife and marries another woman also commits adultery. There He says, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery.” The phrase, “except it be for fornication,” is called the “exception clause” by scholars. By this rule, divorce is allowable if a spouse has committed “fornication.” But, what is “fornication”? According to Charles Swindoll, “The Greek word Jesus used for ‘fornication’ is the word from which we get our modern word ‘pornography.’ ‘Fornication’ in this verse is based on the word ‘porneia,’ the root of which means ‘prostitute.’ Jesus could have used the word ‘mol-xei-a,’ the word used specifically for ‘adultery,’ but He chose a broader term. ‘Porneia,’ when applied to illicit sexual activity among unmarried couples, is often translated ‘fornication.’ When applied to illicit sexual activity among those who are married, porneia is often translated ‘adultery.’ In either case, ‘porneia’ is considered fornication. Generally, the Greek term refers to sexual activity that is immoral, illicit, and sometimes unnatural. For this reason, some scholars interpret the term loosely and apply it to homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and the like. But let’s keep in mind, no matter how immoral these activities are, Jesus only PERMITTED divorce for such offenses. He did not COMMAND it.”
Yes, even if your spouse has committed adultery or some other sexual sin, in God’s eyes, it is better for you to remain together. That is how much He hates divorce.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.