says in the Mark 10:7 context, “
Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is itlawful for a man to divorce his wife?" "What did Moses command you?" he replied.They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send heraway." "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesusreplied. "
But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female. 'For thisreason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
and the twowill become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
In the third division of the Bible Tree, this same norm is established in severalplaces. Just one is sufficient to point out! 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says,
“Do you not knowthat the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither thesexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers willinherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed,you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by theSpirit of our God.”
Jesus and the apostles are implicitly and explicitly maintaining the OT principle of the heterosexual norm for human sexuality and judging homosexual practice as sinful.“But what about the practice of stoning such people to death as the Leviticus passageprescribes?” While the principle is upheld, it is clear that the practice of stoning wasnever condoned by either Jesus or the apostles. So the practice changed, but theprinciple is upheld. And the principle is upheld because the Bible is viewed as a whole. The Bible is often the best interpreter of itself!
The Word of God is God’s primary means to restore, save and sanctify me.
I try to remember that the whole Bible
is about God’s plan of salvation orrestoration for mankind, including me. It shows how the Father initiated this plan of salvation. In the early stages of the OT, the Father prepares the way for the advent of his Son in the Gospels, and the enactment of his plan in the lives of all people throughhis Holy Spirit. The OT shows the Father’s eternal plan in calling a holy people to Himself,rescuing them from slavery, providing them with a homeland and establishing a systemof blood sacrifice and spiritual worship. In Ephesians 1:3-11 we find a good summary of God’s plan. It says,
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hasblessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we areunited with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us inChrist to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adoptus into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is whathe wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for theglorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so richin kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Sonand forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdomand understanding
God has now revealed to us
his mysterious plan
tofulfill his own good pleasure. And this is
: At the right time he will bringeverything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and onearth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received aninheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”
The Trinitarian nature of God and structure of the Bible!