You shall not commit adultery. [Exodus 20:14 ESV]
Adultery is seeking and experiencing sexual intimacy with a person other than your husband or wife. If the focus of murder is the destruction of those who carry the image of God as a way of killing God then adultery is an attack on the intimacy of a relationship with God. Again, since God cannot be destroyed the attack is against those who are enabled to have a relationship with God. Where those who have been given and receive the grace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, sexual activity outside of marriage compromises their testimony of God before the world.
Physical intimacy experienced by husband and wife is a physical representation of the spiritual intimacy everyone may have with God. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” [Genesis 2:24-25 ESV]. God’s original intent for a husband and wife is for them to live in a mysterious union, making two into one. This union involves the whole person unencumbered by anything outside of themselves.
In the garden nothing could break this union. Just as Adam and Eve had intimacy with each other they had intimacy with God. He created them in His image for this reason and walked with them in the garden as evidence of their relationship. They were unashamed before each other and before God. The word “ashamed” in Genesis 2 means disappointed, confounded or dry. They did not disappoint each other or God. Nothing they did confounded or compromised their relationships. Their relationships was fertile and growing and full of life.
We have fallen far from God and from each other.
Is there within the heart a lustful intent to engage in sexual activity with one who is not your righteous husband or wife? When you hunger and thirst for unrighteousness you drive yourself away from the One who created you and the one who is given to love you. We cannot be joined with the world and joined with Christ. Nor can we explain to the world what it means to be joined with Christ. Through the centuries many have called the relationship had with God through Christ a “mystical union.”
Paul describes the symbolism of the marital relationship and the spiritual joining of those who belong to Christ with their Savior.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. [1 Corinthians 6:15-20 ESV]
God’s seventh statement lays bare the heart of relationship with Him. The evidence of the strength or weakness of our relationship with God is found in many places but especially is the motivation of our sexual self. Separation and suffering is the result of the sinful, sensual heart, inflicted upon those with whom the person is to have an intimate relationship. Sin has compromised and made people incapable of having a true, undefiled, intimate relationship with either God or a spouse.
There is within a deep desire for true intimacy in everyone. There is no ability on our part. There is complete ability and desire in God. The “mystical union” the believer has with God does not remove any from the world but does guarantee intimacy with God for eternity, our recreated spirit in union with His eternal Spirit. This is the heart of the matter.
Those who persecute the righteous do so to break the intimate relationship had with God. Our world is driven by the quest for power and control and the prevalence of the idolatry of the sensual. From ancient temple prostitutes to the current visual depictions of the international concubine through pornography, the temptation to compromise and indulge in illegitimate sexual activity is constant. It is an overt attack on righteousness, which is persecution. It is not pointed persecution directed against a specific individual or group but a blanket attack on righteousness pointed at God. Which means it is also pointed at the citizen of the kingdom of God.
Have you noticed persecution toward those who will not embrace the “right” to their preferred “sexual” orientation? Have you noticed the demand to redefine marriage and the words “husband” and “wife” and “family”? This is persecution for righteousness. There is no difference between one sin and another. Sin separates from God and divides those who belong to God from each other. It is the intent of those enslaved by the world to silence God. Persecution is one way they think they can silence those who represent God.