“Do you solemnly affirm that the Testimony you are about to give is the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth, so help you God?”
This is the oath or affirmation given before a Judge in a Court, or before a Governmental Body when one is called to testify as a witness before that legal body.
The Testimony of a Witness. Think about that. Jesus said, “you shall be Witnesses unto Me” (Acts 1:8). A witness must bear true and faithful testimony; otherwise, he is subject to the charge of perjury. His testimony must be true, totally true and nothing but true. The question is, am I, as a witness, bearing true testimony to my LORD? Or, am I committing perjury? Am I being a false witness.
The commandment says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16). Is my testimony true? Am I being faithful to the truth? These are questions relating to my life, my heart and my soul.
Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). Is my heart right with God? What is proceeding from my heart? Is it true, noble, righteous, holy? Am I being a faithful witness to my LORD?
My life is a witness. My life bears testimony. Is my life a lie? Is my testimony a lie? I say I am a believer. I say I trust in the LORD. These are good words to say. Yes. Amen. Does what is proceeding out of my heart, what is proceeding from my witness and testimony match my confession? Is my testimony true? Is my testimony believable? Is it accepted, or rejected?
The Apostle Paul wrote: “Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobate” (II Corinthians 13:5)? Reprobate means it is rejected as false, corrupted.
Paul wrote to Titus: “They profess that they know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).
Raise your right hand. Affirm your faith. Be a true witness. Bear true and faithful testimony to Christ that it bring glory and honor to His Name. Let the nature of Jesus shine forth in truth, righteousness, beauty, holiness, loveliness. Let that hidden man of the heart shine. (cf. 1 Peter 3:4).
LORD, let my life be hidden in you, the One Who is Truth (John 14:6). As your witness, let my testimony be the truth, the whole truth; and by Your grace, nothing but the Truth, so help me God.