Agonizomai: Romans Chapter 3 - Universal Corruption<br>Man's Corrupt Words - Part 2

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Romans Chapter 3 - Universal Corruption
Man's Corrupt Words - Part 2
Tongues used to deceive

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Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.

Fallen men have all believed “the lie” and are all are enslaved to the Father of Lies. The only One upon whose tongue no deceit was found is Christ:
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips. {1Peter 2: 21-22}
The word “guile” means “deceit”. Christ had no guile because He is the Truth. He is the very antithesis of what is being described here in verse 13. It is proof of corruption whenever a lie is manifested, because Christ cannot lie, and whatever therefore speaks the lie must be unholy and corrupt.

Unbelievers lie without blinking. They lie to themselves by believing they are alright, or that God is not angry with them. They lie to others to get advantage. When push comes to shove they will lie because, apart from God, there is no logical reason not to. When absolutes go out the window then all other moral or ethical systems are only relative.

It is true that men sometimes have codes of honor for which they would rather die than lie. This is a form of “goodness”. They will be judged by it. But it was not wrought in Christ and so is still sin.

Do Christians lie? Are there lies in your life? What does that mean for your intimacy with Christ, the Truth?


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