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.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the Gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed.”
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.
Mike McManus said, ““Few problems are more urgent in society or the church than the soaring divorce rate. The divorce rate among atheists and agnostics in the United States is below that of almost every Protestant church. Only the Lutherans and Catholics are at a lower rate in divorcing than the atheists.”
Mark Gungor said, “People get divorced for one reason and one reason only: One or both of them get selfish. People won’t say they got selfish —they’ll say, “Oh, we were too young” or “We rushed into it,’” but it’s all nonsense. They’re getting divorced for one reason: One of them is being selfish.”
Woodrow Kroll said, “When adultery walks in, everything worth having walks out.”
As Jesus reveals God’s true intent behind the Law, he has dealt with the sin of murder and showed that we should not have murderous, hateful, angry thoughts toward others. He has also dealt with the sin of adultery and showed that we should not lust after others in our hearts. Now, he turns to Divorce. Unlike murder and adultery, there was no law specifically forbidding divorce because it was generally understood that marriage was to be for life. Instead, there was a law that allowed divorce. As Jesus explains in a later passage, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you [allowed you] to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” The only reason why divorce was allowed was because the Hebrew men demanded that it be that way. So, instead of causing an uproar by abolishing divorce, Moses decided to regulate divorce so that the practice would not be abused. (Back then, women did not have any legal standing and could not file for divorce.)
William Barclay provides the following background information on divorce among the first century Jews: “Theoretically, no nation ever had a higher ideal of marriage than the Jew had. Marriage was a sacred duty which a man was bound to undertake. Ideally, the Jew abhorred divorce. The voice of God had said in Malachi, ‘I hate divorce.’ However, to all intents and purposes, a woman could not divorce her husband for any reason, and a man could divorce his wife for any cause at all. The process of divorce was extremely simple. The bill of divorcement read: ‘Let this be from me thy writ of divorce and letter of dismissal and deed of liberation, that thou mayest marry whatsoever man thou wilt.’ All that had to be done was to hand that document to the woman in the presence of two witnesses and she stood divorced.” Now, there were two schools of thought regarding what constituted grounds for divorce. The School of Shammai said that adultery was the only cause for divorce. The School of Hillel said a man could divorce his wife for any reason, including if she put too much salt in his food, if she went out in public without a head covering, or if she spoke disrespectfully of her in-laws.
Jesus addresses the divorce issue in much more detail in Matthew 19, but for now he points out that, whatever one thinks about whether divorce should be allowed, all parties involved in a divorce enter into sin because each one is guilty of adultery. The man who divorces his wife and marries another woman is an adulterer. The divorced woman who marries another man is an adulteress. (Back then, it was a given that a divorced woman would remarry because she had no status or standing in public society otherwise.) And the man who marries the divorced woman is committing adultery. Basically, while not explicitly laying down a law against divorce, Jesus is saying that divorce only leads to a tripod of sin — adultery on all sides. And that is something every married person ought to be concerned about before they go to divorce court.
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.