Grace Protestant Reformed Church

God's Call to Purity and Faithfulness

Date: AM
Text: Matthew 5:27-32; Lord's Day 41
Psalters: 277, 337, 76, 125
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2013-15)
  1. The solid basis for this command.
    1. Adam and Eve experience their fall into sin by being ashamed of their nakedness and needing cover (Gen. 3:7).
    2. When Adam and Eve sought to divorce themselves from God, it had bitter consequences, also on their relationship.
    3. God redeemed marriage from sin?s ravages, making it a reflection of THE marriage (Eph. 5:32).
  2. God condemns adultery, all unfaithfulness and every uncleanness.
    1. Adultery is unfaithfulness on the part of a husband or wife, or it is sexual activity before marriage.
    2. Adultery/fornication violates covenant, destroying relationships.
    3. God promises His wrath against all "whoremongers and adulterers" (Heb. 13:4; Rev. 21:8).
  3. The purity which God requires is possible only in Jesus Christ.
    1. God always has more grace than we have sins, both to forgive and to enable us to be pure.
    2. Be motivated to grateful obedience by remembering the consequences of disobedience.
    3. Everyone who is married to Jesus is called to reflect Jesus in grateful purity and faithfulness.
    4. Finally, be motivated by considering the greatness of God's mercy.