Seemingly the world is full of lying and deceit and every news story seems to be paraded with the lie. That should be the case towards the end times. There is no respect for the truth in high places of power or even in everyday conversation. Where the lie is there can be no fellowship either in the world or in the church! Paul is describing the new and old man here and admonishes the church "you see the Jews but you know not Christ." We too must know that we have been sanctified in Christ and must live as such as the lie reeks havoc in our lives. We must speak and walk in the truth!
There is no greater temptation than to lie because it is beneficial to the flesh that does not like consequences. Where the lie is you find fellowship with the devil who is the lie. He may find no place in our lives to further the lie however. When you step out of fellowship with the Spirit with the lie you grieve the Spirit who is the Spirit of TRUTH! The lie in our mouth grieves Him! You can understand why the lie reeks havoc....not being able to hold the hand of God and the devil at the same time. Paul uses the word "falsehood" in this passage. We have the word "Sudo" which is fake. Anything that is fake or not reality we must put away. It is a knock off, a fake, not genuine! Paul says put off the fake and put on the truth! Why are we always attracted to the sudo? The knock offs? Because they are easier to get! We tell the lie to deceive for our flesh. The truth is painful. The truth hurts! (especially the truth about me!)
The truth alone enhances fellowship while no relationship can be had on deceitfulness. Wherever the lie is the relationship we have in Christ is broken! To the neighbor I must speak the truth in love. (both in the church and beyond as he is the neighbor.) We stand in the fellowship of Christ and must speak the truth as it is in His word. We speak the truth about God and whatever His word talks about and it extends to the neighbor.
The lie has so many forms it is hard to talk about all of them. The coloring of the truth, partial and half truths, inflection, outright perjury and the list goes on and on. Put them ALL away as they are sudo, not the truth and the whole truth! We do these things sometimes however in our families and to our neighbor. We may not be discouraged in our obligation to the world, but we must also understand that they live in the lie and deceit for the lust of the flesh always. But we learn Christ "having been taught by Him" says the Apostle Paul. He teaches us the truth as it is in Christ Jesus...that we have been saved and stand in HIS fellowship without room for the lie. Can you pray to God when you lie? It interrupts fellowship! We must speak the truth about God and the neighbor as we LIVE in that fellowship with God and one another. To speak the lie we must stand OUTSIDE that fellowship to do it.
In fellowship to the Living God we stand in fellowship with ALL of our relationships. If we make room for the lie, we make place for the devil and it DESTROYS! Speak the truth in love. You can only do that when you TELL THE TRUTH!!!
2nd Petition "LD48 & Revelation 19 We are moved rather quickly from the bosom of our Heavenly Father into the various petitions. We pray that our lives may be so directed that we live according to Him. Now we look at the 2nd petition of this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"The 3rd Petition of the Lord's Prayer" LD49& Romans 12 We now look at the last petition before we deal with our daily needs. This is still a very reflection of the Law of God. The hallowing of His name, the coming of the Kingdom and our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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"The Address of Prayer" LD46 & Romans 8:1-17 We are studying the section of "thankfulness" and we must ask God to give us grace to sanctify us in our daily lives. And so we see how important and needed prayer is. It is also intuitive to the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"PRAYER" LD45 & John 17 It is a joy to speak on a subject like prayer but it is also a most difficult subject. It is a "holy art" given to each of us individually....a gift from God and part of our very essence. We can pray because the Holy...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The 10th Commandment LD44 We note that Lord's day 44 seems NOT to speak about covetousness very much before we come to the last question and answer and see that the law points us to our nature and out need to both see our nature and our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"The 9th Commandment" LD43 & James 3 Perhaps we will realize why we put such an emphasis on the truth as we have in the past as we move forward. The world serves the lie 1st in denying God and putting themselves over their neighbor. But the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"The 8th Commandment" LD 42& I Timothy 6 We are still in the second table of the Law and the keeping of the Law is spiritual. And only the love of Christ can keep this commandment unlike just worldly adherence. "But the love of God is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"Profitable Words" Ecclesiastes 12:11 & Psalm 119:121-144 This is the preacher speaking to the congregation and belong to the poetic books. The book of Ecclesiastes has as its central theme that life is vanity of vanities with a calling that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]