As we all should know by now, the “modern, sophisticated” way to lie is by omitting a few carefully chosen facts, instead of outright lying with falsehoods that can be easily checked against multiple sources.
But there is a flip side to wicked omissions. Call it Godly omissions: all the evil that we could have thought on, could have said, could have did… but didn’t.
The Scripture records the attitude those who believed in Jesus. They make it clear He was sinless. Peter wrote.
—<Quote from the website Blue Letter Bible>—
Who committed no sin, nor was guile found in his mouth (1 Peter 2:22).
The Apostle John testified that Jesus was without sin.
And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin (1 John 3:5).
The Apostle Paul reported.
For he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The total absence of sin – as defined by God – in Jesus’ life is the greatest omission the world has ever known. It’s the spiritual equivalent of a Holy Night.
Normally, the absence of something means that something bad is happening. But the total absence of evil actually means something good.
Now, it is worth noting that the mere absence of evil, while necessary, simply isn’t good enough… but it is necessary, and clearing out lies and theft and injustice and murder, if done in the name of God (in the name of something holy, or, really, Someone Holy) is a very good thing indeed.
But if you clear out your life, but without the power of the Holy Spirit, but just in the name of your own moral superiority and personal purity?
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”Luke 11:24-26, English Standard Version
There is no one more certain of his righteousness than the self-righteous. Especially since he gets to decide what the Law is, and he gets to be his own judge.
Well, until after he dies, anyways.
That’s when the Master steps in, to deal with the servant that hates Him with every fiber of his being.
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.Isaiah 64:6, English Standard Version
When Isaiah says “all of us”, he isn’t primarily referring to some howling pagan from Babylon or Rome or Harvard.
He’s referring to Christian believers. Self-deceived believers, to be exact.
You can’t beat something with nothing. So, we need to do what is good in the eyes of God.
But evil is to be driven out from our lives.
Our house is to be swept clean and put in order.
And Christ is to be exalted at the centre of our lives, with our thoughts and hearts following the council of the Holy Spirit.
So there will not be place for even one unclean spirit.
The Holy Night is to be followed by the Holy Day, where we can actually work, speak, and live to extend the Kingdom of God in every way, large and small.
Maybe just in small ways, at the start. But this can be a profitable road, if there is no backsliding and the small victories are built up on, and so become less and less small over the years and decades.
Step by step, victory is gained.