I was prepared to send only the enclosures, but I just got your letter this morning. (I hope the "STRONG's" tape is helpful in your search for the true Hebrew/Greek meanings in Scripture. The Scripture-Study was from last Friday night, and I think you'll really enjoy it and be blessed by it.)
Thank you for writing, because it revealed "you" and touched my heart.
First, though, please know and be comforted, I am not "under the Law", and more specifically, I DO NOT CALL YOU AN "ADULTERER" for being married to ((your wife)). When she accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, at that point, she became "a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new". (2_Corinthians 5:17.) However, as long as you, a believer, do live, Paul says it is a COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD that she must not "depart from her husband: But and if SHE depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to ((you)) her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife." (1_Corinthians 7:10-11.) "The WIFE is bound by the law as long as ((you)) her husband liveth." (1_Corinthians 7:39.) ((Your wife)) may never be re-married again as long as YOU live. But to MEN (not women), Paul writes, "Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But and if thou ((being a MAN)) marry, THOU HAST NOT SINNED; and if a virgin ((being a woman who has not been another believer's wife, if she)) marry ((thou, the man)), SHE HATH NOT SINNED." (1_Corinthians 7:27-28.) ((This also means that if a (believing) "departed wife" returns to her re-married (believing) husband, he (and his new wife) have the LORD'S COMMANDMENT in verses 10-11 to let her be reconciled to him!)) The words "man" and "woman" are too specific in that chapter to say that "man" includes the meaning of "woman". ((Your wife)) is a "new creature"; any previous "marriage" before becoming a Christian is nothing more than legalized "fornication" ---and old sins are washed away by the blood of Christ. So you are not an ADULTERER. A "new creature" wife of a "new creature" man, however, as Paul wrote in Romans 7:2, "is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth."
As well, please know that I am, IN NO WAY, teaching "flesh". The enclosed Scripture-Study from last Friday night, "FLEE BABYLON AND FORNICATION, OR BE DESTROYED" , should dispel any thoughts that I would advocate "works of the flesh" or "fornication". (In fact, because a coughing-cold came upon me, I had ((my closest brother in Christ)) read those Scriptures without any commentary that night. You are encouraged to ask those who were there what their reactions were to such a ((so-called)) "intolerance" for fornication.)
When I saw your reference to Revelation 2:20 on your envelope, I was positively encouraged because last Friday's ((evening)) Scripture-Study had quoted those very verses. As well, it brings up an understanding about your concern about what I have been "teaching" openly for a couple years now.
© December 4, 1996, The Standard Bearer
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