Sex and the Bible: Part 1
- Saturday, December 28, 2002
The biblical standard of sex is faithfulness. "Love and faithfulness meet together" (Ps. 85:10, NIV). The biblical standard of sex requires a commitment of two people to remain faithful to each other, therefore the lifelong commitment of marriage is central to biblical sexuality.
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The principles of love, purity, and faithfulness are right because they are from God-they reflect his nature and character.
God is love. "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love..." (1 John 4:8, NASB). Love is not simply what God does; it is who he is. And by his nature, he views the happiness, health, and spiritual growth of others as more important than himself. That is what motivated him to send his own Son to suffer and die for us.
God is pure. God demanded the use of pure gold in the construction of the tabernacle; he prescribed pure incense for use in worship; he required pure animals for sacrifice; he commanded pure hearts (Matt 5:8), pure religion (James 1:27), and pure relationships (1 Tim. 5:2). As the prophet Habakkuk said, God's purity is such that even "[his] eyes are too pure to look on evil" (Hab. 1:13, NIV).
God is faithful. As Paul told Timothy, even "if we are faithless, he [God] remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself" (2 Tim. 2:13, NASB). In other words, God cannot be unfaithful, because faithfulness is more than something he does; it is something he is. Most Christian teens and singles are well aware of the precepts set forth in the Bible regarding sexuality. But in practical situations, especially in the midst of temptation, they begin to wonder whether those precepts are still relevant today. Later this month, we will delve into how God's commands to stay sexually pure show his intention to protect his children and provide for their good. We will see that the standards of the Bible are just as relevant today as they ever were because they are determined not by our ever-changing customs or cultural mores, but are founded in the very nature and character of God-the God who is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb. 13:8, NLT).
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