Can a Christian Swear an Oath?
Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law but HE never changed the moral law of GOD!
Deu 6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus was rebuking false oaths here as the Jews were notoriously guilty of common swearing. An oath is not to be taken lightly.
Jas 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
A REAL OATH:
Gal 1:20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God(Paul swearing an oath), I lie not.
Mat 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God(I put thee upon thy oath before God), that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Mat 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
1Sa 20:3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth(swearing), and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.
plural oaths play \ˈōt͟hz, ˈōths\
(1) A solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says
(2) a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one’s words
- The witness took an oath to tell the truth in court.
b :something (such as a promise) corroborated by an oath
- They were required to swear an oath of loyalty.
- took the oath of office
2:an irreverent or careless use of a sacred name; broadly :swear word
- He uttered an oath and stormed away.”
Teaching by brother Aaron Carey. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.