Matthew 5:28 and Adultery in the Heart
Christ’s two wives, the Present Body and the Body of Promise are contrary to each other. One is of the flesh, the other is of the Spirit. It is the one of the flesh, like Martha, who wishes to manipulate and control the one of the Spirit—Mary. “But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.” (Gal. 4:29) Ishmael and Isaac are spiritually brothers dwelling in the spiritual Household of Faith of the father Abraham. Jesus’ confusing words of Matthew 5:28 are rooted in this context as explained as Paul:
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a Prostitute [Present Body]? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a Prostitute [Present Body] is one Body with her? For He says, “the two shall become one flesh” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee whoredom. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the Body, but the whoring man sins against his own Body [the treachery – Mal. 2:11].
1 Corinthians 6:15-18
Take careful note of the difference between becoming one flesh and becoming one spirit. His “heart” is the Spirit. In other words, he who took up his cross and died and became “another’s” joined himself to the raised-up Lord and became one heart (v.17). He is no longer one flesh with the Body of Death. He is a man after the heart of God, and therefore is the heart of God.
A man enjoined to the Body of Promise who joins himself (or even looks desiringly) to the Present Body not only joins himself to a fleshly prostitute but also commits adultery in his Heart because the Present Body (the Harlot) belongs to another baal. How? It is all summed up by Paul here, read carefully:
for the married woman [Present Body] to the living husband hath been bound by law, and if the husband may die, she hath been free from the law of the husband; so, then, the husband being alive, an adulteress she shall be called if she may become another man’s; and if the husband may die, she is free from the law, so as not to be an adulteress, having become another man’s.
Avoiding prostitutes goes without saying. Paul is a much deeper teacher of mysteries to the mature, not a kindergarten cop. He doesn’t waste his time with obvious things but goes deep into the not-so-obvious. Understanding Paul’s mind requires you to go and read the Law and learn it. This text will never make sense to those who know nothing of the Law as Paul just said (Rom. 7:1). It sounds strange to our ears, and it is profound, but Paul really is talking about two bodies of Christ:
So that, my brethren, ye also were made dead to the law through the body of the Christ [Present Body], for your becoming another’s [Body of Promise], who out of the dead was raised up, that we might bear fruit to God;
Strange, no? That we should marry the body of Christ (partake of his flesh), then be made dead through it, and then being set free, be joined to another body of the Lord? This is the Gospel. Put into simple terms, if you become one flesh with the body of Christ, and you don’t take up your cross and die to your flesh but continue to live in it, you are without hope and dead meat. You are no disciple of his. You are not saved from judgement but will reap the consequences of harlotry and be cut-off in the sight of the sons.
The word in Matthew 5:28 reads literally,
but I say to you, that everyone who is looking on a woman to desire [ἐπιθυμῆσαι – long for, covet, set heart upon] her, did already commit adultery with her in the Heart of him.
This bludgeoned-to-death verse with which the Present Body has bound many a young man hand and foot as with chains and shackles has been the death and destruction of untold numbers of young men. Their fear of God is a commandment contrived by men who paid no attention to what the Spirit was saying. It’s also hypocritical for not one man has ever married a woman without first looking upon her with great desire, longing, and fixation of heart, soul, and body. By their commandment every man who ever married, married by way of adultery. By their commandment every patriarch who had more than one wife committed adultery every time he sought out another wife. By their commandment Solomon committed adultery 1000 times. So foolish! This teaching of the Law, and Jesus, cannot be figured out through human wisdom. It must be discerned.
Adultery is a sin intrinsic to ownership—an owner/baal cannot commit adultery. The owned/beulat can. God commanded Israel not to commit adultery. Israel was counted as God’s beulat/wife. Isaiah said literally,
“For your Baal is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; Isa. 54:5
When a man joins himself to the Lord and becomes one Heart in Him, now he can commit adultery in his Heart because he is one with the owned who belongs to the Lord. There was never anything about “thought-sin” spoken of by Christ, anywhere. Thought-sin is one of the worst teachings in the history of the Church. Tell me, where does one draw the line in his thoughts? When is a thought a transgression? When is it not? Are all my thoughts sin, as the Calvinist says? Do you not know that Paul, in saying “we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ” was not speaking of their own thoughts but the thoughts of others? Do you not know that Jesus taught that evil reasonings proceeded from “the heart of men” (Mark 7:21 YLT) and not a man’s own heart? And what is the “heart of men”?
The burden of Egypt. Lo, Yahweh is riding on a swift thick cloud, And He hath entered Egypt, And moved have been the idols of Egypt at His presence, And the heart [לֵבָב – heart, inner man, mind] of Egypt melts in its midst. Isa. 19:1 YLT
Men become commonly enslaved to one heart, or one spirit,
the imagination of the heart of man [הָאָדָ֛ם Adam, mankind] is evil from his youth; Gen. 8:21
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man [הָאָדָ֛ם Adam, mankind] was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Gen. 6:5
They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. Hos. 5:4
But there is the other right heart, the one sung of by our Mother in the figure of Deborah:
My heart is to the lawgivers [חוֹקְקֵ֣י – governors, commanders] of Israel, Who are offering themselves willingly among the people, Bless ye Jehovah! Jud. 5:9 YLT
She is one of the many figures signifying the Heavenly Jerusalem. These lawgivers are commanders because they volunteer themselves freely for battle,
Your people will volunteer freely in the Day of your Power [חַיִל – strength, army, force]; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn… Psalm 110:3 NASB
They are men conformed to God’s Heart:
“Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. Jer. 3:15
Men must belong to a Heart, before they can commit adultery in their Heart. When they belong to the Most High and they look at the other woman who has joined herself to another Baal with great desire, it is adulterous. When they take up their invitation to turn inside and worship with them, it is adulterous:
1 While Israel remained at Shittim, the people [men] began to play the harlot [commit adultery] with the daughters of Moab. 2 For they [daughters of Moab] invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 3 So Israel joined themselves [adultery] to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel. So Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you slay his men who have joined themselves to Baal of Peor.” Numbers 25:1-3
Spiritual adultery is a serious and extensively written about problem with God’s people throughout the Scriptures not so we can look at all of it and think, “thank God I don’t have to worry ’bout that harsh God! I’m saved!” but that we can hear and see that it is here and it is now. It is not the world at large but the Church that commits adultery. This generation specifically is in the absolute thick of it. You are not saved unless you come out of her house. Come out! Go and sin no more!
There are untold millions caught in adultery and they don’t even know it. The wise Father was speaking of the Church in Proverbs 7,
Now, my sons, listen to me,
and attend to the words of my mouth.
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths.
For she has brought many down to death;
her slain are many in number. Proverbs 7:24-26