What Does the Bible Say About Sex (Part 2)

Sex was created by God.

Sex was and is God’s idea and should be celebrated as such. In fact, it was part of the creation mandate itself – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, …” (Genesis 1:27-28).

Without male and female, this command cannot be fulfilled. This is where and when the anatomy matters. These verses summarize God’s plan for procreation through sex. God wouldn’t command us to procreate and then curse the means of procreation – sex itself. Sex was created by God.

As Adam thought about this responsibility and was considering the animal kingdom, he realized the inability of himself on his own to fulfill this mandate. And God knew this would be his line of thinking so God created a helper – “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. …Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:18, 24)

Sex was created and designed by God. It wasn’t fabricated by a lustful, pleasure-seeking world. And because God created sex, we know that it would not without purpose. For example, we know one of the reasons, as we already mentioned for sex, is for creating children (Genesis 1:27-28). Sex us also meant to unify a husband and wife (Genesis 2:23), to be a means of learning about one’s spouse (Genesis 4:1), and a source of comfort (II Samuel 12:24).

Sex was created by God. And we know that when God created something, it is good, which leads us to the next foundation about biblical sexuality.

Sex is good, because it was created by God.

Paul says, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” (I Timothy 4:4). Everything God created was good, and that includes sex. None of that changed after the Fall. In Hebrews 13:4, we read, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” Sex is meant to be “undefiled,” honorable, pure, and good.

In the book edited by Justin Taylor and John Piper entitled Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, Ben Patterson writes, “God made it, so it must be good. He said so. He made it good because he made it ex nihilo, out of nothing. To say God made it all out of nothing is to say he made it with no outside limitations, because when you make something out of nothing, the only limitations are those in your own mind. No one brought God the raw material of creation, dropped it into his lap, and said, ‘Now see what you can do with this stuff.’ He wasn’t a sculptor bound by the limitations of marble or clay, or a painter restricted by watercolors. What we see in this lovely world is not the best that God could do with some inferior material, it was made from the very best of ‘materials’ – the thoughts and desires of a wise and loving God.” (pg. 55)

God created sex from the very best of materials – His good and perfect mind.

All of God’s gifts are good – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). Sex is a good gift, because God created it.

Unfortunately, too often man perverts what God creates. Man mars what is perfect. Sex is a good gift, but it can become a sinful action and at times it can be turned inside out into something opposite of what God intended.

Sex within marriage is a means of obedience to God.

When God commands us to do something, we know it is good. He wouldn’t give us the anatomy, the hormones, and then forbid us to not pursue our sexual desires unless He was pleased by it in some way. He allows sex, but only within a specific context.

In Genesis 2:23, after Eve was created out of Adam, Adam shares, “This at last is bone of my bone; and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” In other words, “This is her! This is whom I have been waiting to share my life!” Later in vs. 25, the husband is commanded to be “one flesh” with his wife, which is a reference to their single-minded intimacy with one another and no others.

Elsewhere, Paul writes, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (I Thessalonians 4:3-5). Sex is for marriage and not before. As such, sex in marriage is holy and pure.

When you look at the weight of Scripture’s forbidding of a sexual nature, it is overwhelming. God created sex, but it is limited by which is can be enjoyed. When I surveyed the Scripture, I found roughly twelve prohibitions of sexual immorality.

  1. No sex outside of marriage (or adultery) – Exodus 20:14; Matthew 19:17-18
  2. No prostitution – Deuteronomy 23:18
  3. No bestiality (sex with animals) – Leviticus 18:23; 20:15-16
  4. No incest (sex with close relatives) – Leviticus 18:6
  5. No pedophilia (sex with children) – Matthew 18:6-10
  6. No sexual violence – Ezekiel 45:9; Ephesians 5:25
  7. No inner adultery (e.g., masturbation, lust, the use of pornography) – Exodus 20:17; Matthew 5:28
  8. No intentional gender confusion – Deuteronomy 22:5
  9. No sex during a woman’s period – Leviticus 18:19; 20:17-18
  10. No sexual immodesty – I Timothy 2:9-10; I Peter 3:2-4
  11. No sex with multiple wives (polygamy) – Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:6
  12. No homosexuality.

#12 will be the subject of the next post in our blog series.

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