Now, therefore, having established that all acts of being "one flesh" do NOT necessarily mean that marriage is sealed under the Lord from then on after (in that "fornication" is not the same as "adultery", and in that the word, "harlot", is not the same as "adulteress"), this then brings us to the matter of so-called government-defined "marriages" and "divorces" of Christians BEFORE their souls are saved in Christ Jesus.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath RECONCILED us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of RECONCILIATION; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of RECONCILIATION. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye RECONCILED to God." (2_Corinthians 5:17-20.)
We are new creatures at the time of our salvation.
"For ((the LORD)) hath made him ((Christ)) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2_Corinthians 5:21.) Alleluia Hallelujah!
And indeed, regarding those with the Law and those without the Law, "we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one". (Romans 3:9e-10.) "For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law". (Romans 2:11-12.) "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:9-10.)
"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference". (Romans 3:19-22.)
Therefore, we conclude that, without Christ, whether under the Law or not, all souls have sinned.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23.)
And "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourseves, and the truth is not in us." (1_John 1:8.)
But praise the LORD, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1_John 1:9.) For the LORD has "no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." (Ezekiel 18:32.)
So, when we were in our filthy past, before repentance unto salvation, we were filthy in our own unrighteousness and sin. If we sinned in even one point, we were condemned, and we know that all have so sinned. None of our past therefore matters when we turn and repent ourselves to the Lord Who is faithful and just to then make us clean in HIS righteousness. Praise the LORD!
Thereby we become, therefore, truly a "new creature" in Christ Jesus, as we are thereby "RECONCILED unto God", as per that beautiful passage in 2_Corinthians 5:17-21. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, ALL things are become new." (2_Corinthians 5:17.)
ALL things are become new when we become washed and cleansed from all such "old things" of our past, which things had occurred before calling upon the Lord in repentance and faith.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1-4.)
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36.)
So we also see that not all people were even under the Law before their salvation.
Paul explained that there were some who are without the Law to whom he would act in similitude (albeit his being under the law to Christ) in order to be more effective in bringing them the gospel:
"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you." (1_Corinthians 9:19-23.)
Therefore, not all were/are with the Law, although all have sinned, thereby needing the salvation of their very souls which only comes by the Lord Jesus Christ (as per John 14:6, where Jesus the Messiah says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; none cometh unto the Father, but by me").
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:12-13.) Praise ye the LORD!
Again, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, ALL things are become new." (2_Corinthians 5:17.)
And that is true without regard for those who were/are under the Law or not with the Law.
Thus, this all means that (without regard to whether or not modern-governments called any previous relationships as supposedly "legally married"), all previous "fornication" are also ALL passed away. All past sin including relationships and fornication are cleansed from us, as we become a "new creature in Christ" Jesus. Alleluia Hallelujah!
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