We read in Mark 10:11-12, "So He said to them, whoever
divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if
a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits
adultery." Could Jesus have stated this any clearer? A person
needs help to misunderstand this. A man who divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her. How? The definition of adultery is having sexual
intercourse with another personís spouse. In Godís eyes he is still bound to his first wife
as long as she lives (Romans 7:2-3 & 1 Corinthians 7:39) and every time there is sexual intercourse, adultery is
committed with another personís spouse. In other words adultery is being
committed against his first wife to whom in Godís eyes he is still bound.
An example of being
bound to one spouse while married to another is found in Mark 6:17-18, "For
Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the
sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
Because John had said to Herod, 'It is not lawful for you to have your brother's
wife.'" Herodias was still Philip's wife. In God's eyes,
Herodias and Philip were still husband and wife even though Herodias had married
The Greek verb MOICHASTHAI, translated "commits
adultery" in Mark 10:11-12, is present indicative which suggests continuous
action. It means "is committing adultery". The adultery
begins when one divorces and marries another and continues as long as the
adulterous marriage continues (Romans 7:2-3). We know that an adulterer
cannot go to Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21). There will
be no adulterers in Heaven.
Questions Section 4
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1) (Mark 10:11-12) One who divorces his
wife and marries another
Is no longer bound
to his first wife.
against his first wife.
When one divorces his wife and marries
another he does not commit adultery.
3) The Greek verb MOICHASTHAI, translated
"commits adultery" in both verses, is present indicative and suggests
Adultery is not
Adultery is only
committed on their wedding night.
Adultery in this case is a continuous
The adultery begins when one divorces
and marries another and continues as long as the adulterous marriage continues.