Matt 5:28 Doesn’t Say, “A Man That Lusts After ‘Any’ Woman, Commits Adultery”

A husband is supposed to lust after his wife, so Matt 5:28 can’t be saying a man who looks at any woman to lust after her commits adultery. In the Old Testament adultery is a man single or married that has sex with another man’s wife, so the teaching that says, “a man who looks at any woman to lust after her commits adultery” isn’t true.

A husband is supposed to lust after his wife, so Matt 5:28 can’t be saying, “a man who looks at ‘any’ woman to lust after her commits adultery. ”

In the Old Testament, “adultery” is a man single or married that has sex with another man’s wife, so the teaching that says, “a man who looks at ‘any’ woman to lust after her commits adultery” isn’t true.

Lev 20:10  if a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

The Greek word for “lust after” in Matthew 5:28 is epithumeó (ep-eethoo meh’-o), epithumeó meansI long for, covet, lust after, set the heart upon”

After reading the definition of adultery in the Old Testament, and after reading what the definition of the word “lust after” means in Matthew 5:28, it is very clear that Matt 5:28 isn’t saying, “a man that looks at ‘any’ woman to lust after her commits adultery with her in his heart”, instead Matt 5:28 is saying, “any man that looks at another man’s wife to lust after (covet) her commits adultery with her in his heart.”

Matt 5:28  whosoever looks on a woman [another man’s wife] to lust after [covet] her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

The statement, “another man’s wife” does not only mean a woman who is currently married, “another man’s wife” is also a woman who has divorced her husband, whose ex-husband is still alive.

A woman who claims to be Christian that divorces her husband and marries another man while her ex-husband  is still alive, is an adulteress, Rom 7:3 makes that very clear.

Rom 7:2  For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.

Rom 7:3  So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.

A woman who claims to be Christian is not supposed to divorce her husband, but if she does divorce her husband, she must remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband, 1 Cor 7:10-11 makes that very clear,

therefore if a man who claims to be Christian lusts after (covets) a woman who claims to be Christian that has divorced her husband, whose ex-husband is still alive, the man is coveting another man’s wife, which means he is committing adultery with her in his heart.

1 Cor 7:10  But to the married people I give charge–not I but the Lord–that the wife is not to separate from her husband.

1 Cor 7:11  But if she does [separate from and divorce him], let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband. And [I charge] the husband [also] that he should not put away {or} divorce his wife.

A woman who divorces her husband, who is not born of the Spirit cannot marry another man while her ex-husband is still alive, therefore if a man who claims to be Christian lusts after (covets) her, he is coveting another man’s wife, which means he is committing adultery with her in his heart.

The New Testament makes it very clear that those who commit adultery will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Cor. 6:9  do you [those who are born from above (Christian)] not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators [prostitutes, anyone who has sex outside of marriage], nor idolaters [an image worshiper], nor adulterers [a man who is guilty with a married woman, a man who lusts after (covets) another man’s wife (Matt 5:28)], nor effeminate [a man who submits his body to unnatural lewdness], nor homosexuals [any person engaging in same-gender sexual activity],

1 Cor. 6:10  nor thieves [a thief in secret, rather than in the open with violence, an embezzler, a pilferer] nor {the} covetous [greedy of gain, a defrauder, trampling on the rights of others], nor drunkards, nor revilers [reproach (reviling) , injuring another’s reputation by denigrating, abusive insults] nor swindlers [a robber,  an extortioner] will inherit the kingdom of God.

Gal. 5:19  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality [fornication, whoredom, surrendering of sexual purity, any (every) type of promiscuity, sex outside of marriage], impurity [in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living],  sensuality [lewdness],

Gal. 5:20  idolatry [image worship], sorcery [the practice of magical arts], enmities [hostility, hatred], strife [a contentious spirit, affection for dispute], jealousy [rivalry], outbursts of anger [anger that comes from the flesh, selfish anger], disputes [selfish rivalry, self-seeking], dissensions [divisions which wrongly divide people into pointless factions], factions [a self-chosen opinion, a religious or philosophical sect, discord or contention].

Gal. 5:21  envying [being glad when someone experiences misfortune or pain],  murders [intentional unjustified homicide], drunkenness [deep drinking, intoxication] carousing [unbridled sexual immorality, debauched partying] and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

A woman who is divorced, before she is born of the Spirit, can marry another man.

Everything that happens before someone is born of the Spirit is erased after he or she is born of the Spirit, therefore if a woman is divorced before she is born of the Spirit that divorce is erased after she is born of the Spirit, and she can marry again, which means, if a man who claims to be Christian lusts after her, he does not commit adultery with her in his heart.

2 Cor 5:17  Therefore if anyone be in the Messiah [born of the Spirit], he or she is a new creation: old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new.

It’s a good thing for a man who is single to lust after a woman, because that shows the man who he wants a wife, as long as the woman who the man lusts after isn’t another man’s wife, the man doesn’t commit adultery.

In the world today there are many people who claim to be Christian that say, “a man who looks at ‘any’ woman to lust after her, commits adultery with her in his heart”, that teaching doesn’t agree with the Bible.

Matt 5:28 isn’t saying, “a man that looks at ‘any’ woman to lust after her commits adultery”, Matthew 5:28 is saying, “any man that looks at another man’s wife to lust after (covet) her commits adultery.”

Lev 20:10   if a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

Matt 5:28   whosoever looks at a woman [another man’s wife] to lust after [covet] her has committed adultery with her in his heart.

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