Is Jesus Having An Affair?
Adultery is a sin. It occurs when a married person develops an intimate relationship with someone other than his or her spouse. The Law forbids it. God frowns on it. Jesus is accused of it. Is He guilty?
Who would dare accuse Jesus of any sin, especially this kind? Evil, sacrilegious men–they have made movies and written books suggesting this nonsense. It’s shocking, but not surprising, coming from such men. But they are not the only ones accusing Jesus of sin. Sadly, without knowing what they are doing, many believers in Jesus are doing the same thing.
Let’s take a quick look at Scripture. Pay particular attention to the last verse in the passage below, Rom. 7:4. Notice what is said about our relationship to the Law and what had to happen in order for us to be joined or married to Christ spiritually.
Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? 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. 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. Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:1-4 NASB)
This passage reveals that we were once “married” to the Law legally in an exclusive spiritual union. Unfortunately, even though the Law was good, because of the weaknesses of our flesh, the relationship between the Law and us produced nothing but “fruit for death.”
For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. (Romans 7:5 NASB)
Something needed to change, or we would continue to produce nothing but sin. We needed to be joined to Someone other than the Law, to a Person potent enough to overcome the flesh in order to produce fruit for God through us. We needed to be married to Christ to produce the fruit of holiness.
But this marriage to Christ could not occur until our relationship with the Law was permanently and totally dissolved. Otherwise, He would be guilty of adultery. The dissolution took place on Calvary. That is where our marriage to the Law ended, and when our marriage to Christ began. And now, being joined to Christ legally, He is able to bear fruit unto God through us. He places His life in our spirits, and our spirits manifest His fruit–His holiness, effortlessly, as we behold Him and gaze upon His loveliness daily.
Child of God, if you are still trying to have a relationship with the Law, trying to produce fruit unto God through self-effort and law keeping, then without knowing it, you are committing spiritual adultery. And sadly, you are implicating Jesus in an “affair” since He is interested in producing fruit unto God through you.
You were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ. So stop trying to resurrect this relationship. It can only produce fruit for death–guilt, condemnation, and more sin. Instead, receive the gift of righteousness and focus on intimacy with Jesus. It is your intimate relationship with Jesus, your exclusive focus on His love and grace, which will give life to you. Never forget, you are already joined to Him who was raised from the dead, and through this union that is already in existence, trust Jesus to manifest fruit through you. Not by your power, but by His Spirit!