As mentioned in a previous post, I was sent to studying the New Testament by a dear brother years back to understand the believers relationship to the Ten Commandments.
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Commandment #9 – No False Witness
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Is each commandment included in Jesus or the Apostles teaching?
- If so, was there anything different about the command as expressed by Jesus or the Apostles?
The NO LYING command is included in Jesus and the apostles teaching, but primarily from the positive perspective, from the love angle, not the rule angle.
There is a difference.
We discussed the following verses in our previous post, regarding stealing, and the comments are readily applicable to the commandment of NO LYING. The commands were given for many reasons, but I feel at this time, Jesus was using them to disclose the depravity, the darkness resident in our hearts.
Mat 15:19 – 20
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”
Paul reframes this commandment, again showing that we have the power to obey, we
Colossians 3:8-10But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practicesand have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Do not lie to one another.
Why Paul? What motivating factor are you going to give us that will enable us to be truthful with one another?
At conversion, in repentance and faith, a great transaction happens. The new believer “puts off his old self”. A new nature is implanted in the believer. Life is sown in the believers heart and all things become new. (I wanna discuss 2 Corinthians 5:17 at a later date – Don’t let me forget, eh?)
Notice that it is not simply, or better said, not only that the old self is put off, but that the new self has been put on! Remember – nature abhors a vacuum, and the same is true in relation to the spiritual life.
The new self, whether it is referring to the Spirit of God, or a renewed/resurrected spirit within the believer is beyond me. That is for those fellas that get paid to think God’s thoughts. For me, I’m simply thankful that He has supplied life, encouragement, strength, direction and the ability to tell the truth.
I no longer have to lie. I have a choice to refuse to lie, to speak the truth to one another.
For those reading, if you see I am blind to a truth in our time together, this passage speaks to all. If you have the “new man”, continue to grow in the knowledge of the Messiah, and do not lie to one another, but speak the truth.
Thanks again for coming to visit. Have a good day, and enjoy being with the “new man.”
Thanks again for coming to visit. I hope you found something of interest in this post and would appreciate a comment, to begin a discussion.