When we hear the word adultery and the first natural response is with regard to marriage.  But…is it (notice the answer to question 108 – married or single)?  Eph 5:18 provides context and is best understood in the broader scope of Paull’s words to the church…Eph 5:15-18 and Eph 5:1-18.

What fills you?  Instead of being filled anything that leads to wasteful living like ________ (you fill in the blank)…We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit – “Temples of the Holy Spirit”.  The Holy Spirit’s work in us Is not done apart from our individual involvement…Or the community of faith around us.  Paul is challenging here…It’s their responsibility to be receptive to the Spirit…The whole church…is to be receptive and filled by the Spirit.  And, so, a couple of questions:  How are you receptive to the Holy Spirit?  How is the church receptive to the Holy Spirit?

Q108. What is God’s will for us in the seventh commandment?

A.  God condemns all unchastity.1 We should therefore thoroughly detest it2 and, married or single, live decent and chaste lives.3

1 Lev. 18:30; Eph. 5:3-5.

2 Jude 22, 23.

3 1 Cor. 7:1-9; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4.

Q109. Does God, in this commandment, forbid only such scandalous sins as adultery?

A.  We are temples of the Holy Spirit, body and soul, and God wants both to be kept clean and holy. That is why He forbids everything which incites to unchastity,1 whether it be actions, looks, talk, thoughts, or desires.2

1 1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:18.

2 Matt. 5:27-29; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; Eph. 5:3, 4.