Fornication is Condemned
Our society is extremely promiscuous and sensual. Intimate, physical relationships outside of marriage are on the increase. Whether it is premarital sex or extramarital sex, the world justifies selfish gratification because many adhere to an immoral standard.
God created male and female (Genesis 1:27). The body is designed to desire and to seek the fulfillment of the union between a man and a woman, but God did not form the body for sexual immorality. “Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” (I Corinthians 6:13) In harmony with God’s will, marriage is honorable and good (Hebrews 13:4). “Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.” (I Corinthians 7:2).
Jesus is the Christ
Jesus grew up in the northern town of Nazareth. He had brothers and sisters, but nothing about his family pointed to greatness. Neither was his appearance anything to impress anyone (cf. Isaiah 53:2).
After about two years of teaching and doing miracles, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). “Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (v. 16). Jesus is the Christ. What is the significance of the term Christ ? This word is not a ‘middle name’ or nickname for Jesus; neither is it a formal title such as Caesar. It is a term which identifies who he is.
Judgment is Coming
A day of accounting for man has been set by God. “… He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained” (Acts 17:31). The certainty of that judgment is as sure as the reality of death (cf. Hebrews 9:27).
No man knows when that day will come. The Scripture compares its coming to the coming of an unexpected thief in the night (cf. I Thessalonians 5:2; II Peter 3:10). Preparation may be made to secure possessions, but a homeowner still does not know when a thief will strike. “Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:13). God knows because He has appointed the time.
The Obsolete Old Covenant
Through the prophet Jeremiah the Lord promised to make a new covenant with the houses of Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 31:31-34). He explained that the new one would not be like the covenant that He had made with the fathers when He took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. His divine words to the nation included the Ten Commandments and all His judgments, statutes and precepts (cf. Exodus 20-23). His chosen people did not continue in the Lord’s covenant but disregarded it. Jeremiah foretold of the dissolution of the very covenant to which Jews one day would stubbornly cling.
One Faith Revealed
The apostle Paul established that there is ONE faith, just as there is one Spirit, one Lord and one Father (cf. Ephesians 4:3-6). Yet, we know that in the world there are many faiths. Individuals and churches professing to follow Jesus Christ are divided over significant doctrines.
“Before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.” (Galatians 3:23). With the coming of Jesus Christ, that faith was revealed. The revelation of the faith is not determined by the subjectivity of man’s wisdom or opinions. The one faith “was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). It does not have to be done again, and there are no changes necessary. The one faith of which the Spirit spoke exists because the gospel of Christ has been revealed.