Deuteronomy – Deu 19:15-21 “At the Mouth of Two Witnesses…”

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Deu 19:15-21 “At the Mouth of Two Witnesses…”

[Study Aired October 2, 2020]

Deu 19:15  One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Deu 19:16  If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Deu 19:17  Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
Deu 19:18  And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Deu 19:19  Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
Deu 19:20  And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
Deu 19:21  And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

After reading these verses, we must ask ourselves who the two men are against whom these verses are speaking – the false witness and the one being falsely witnessed against?

Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

The false witness is our old man, who witnesses against the new man through the doctrines of the old man’s father, the Devil.

Joh 8:41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
Joh 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Joh 8:47  He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Joh 8:48  Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
Joh 8:49  Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
Joh 8:50  And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
Joh 8:51  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death [He shall never see death because he knows he has been delivered from the law of the flesh which brought death. He knows that whatever has come his way cannot spiritually keep him from God because God is the Creator of it all.
The sting of death from the law of the flesh is gone because we know that nothing, NOTHING present, consisting or to come can keep us from God because He created that law. He created the old man under the law of the flesh in order to create the new man out of the death of that old man. The death of the old man happens when scripture takes all his FREEWILL choices from him and shows that none are free and that all are slaves either to sin or to Christ.
The death of the old man occurs when you take his honor from him, because he lives in the glory of his good name. However, if you are in Christ you know you have no honor of your own because all is created by Christ. Our honor is Christ. Christ says in verse 54, “If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God.” If we are in Christ, we do not claim our own honor, even as Christ did not claim His, because we know that all things were created by Christ. We are not the creators.
Joh 8:52  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
Joh 8:53  Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
Joh 8:54  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
Joh 8:55  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
Joh 8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Joh 8:59  Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

There is a struggle going on within us every day. That struggle is between the old man and the new man, between the law of the flesh, which brings death, and the law of the spirit, that brings life. Do we agree with the witness that we are slaves to sin from birth and cannot do good? Believing Christ’s testimony is doing good, not good acts. Or do we believe we are created perfect and can choose to do good or do evil separately and independently from the Creator?

Gen 25:22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
Gen 25:23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

Our old man rises in witness against our new man to put him to death, daily trying to kill the new man. Because he comes alone, the Priest and the Judge witness against the old man. The priest in these verses represents Christ and the judge in these verses represents the Father. Earlier in the book of John, Christ said “there is One Who seeks and judges”, meaning His Father, and we know from Hebrews that Christ is our Priest.

Joh 8:50  And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

When we are accused of sin by our old man, Christ intercedes for us to His Father. What the old man accuses us of is placed on the head of the old man, not on the new man. The new man cannot sin and is therefore guiltless before the judge.

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 
1Jn 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. [Later in Ezekiel we will see that this transgression is the iniquity called self-righteousness. John is speaking of when we think we are separate from The Creator as free moral agents]
1Jn 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
1Jn 3:6  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. [Claiming yourself a free moral agent is transgressing and sinning.]
1Jn 3:7  Little children, let no man deceive you [including your old man]: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 
1Jn 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sinbecause he is born of God.
1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

We must ask ourselves some questions regarding these verses we just read and the verses we are studying today in Deuteronomy. What is doing righteousness. and what does it mean to love one another? The first question is a legal question in the court room of God. What legally makes us righteous or manifests that we are righteous as Christ is righteous? That question is answered by how you see sin in yourself. Do you see sin as your sin, from your own freewill choices or do you see sin as a chastening tool used by God to drag us to the truth that we are His creations being created into the image of Christ?

In these verses in Deuteronomy there are four people who are partaking of the proceedings. The Judge, representing the Father, the Priest, representing Christ, the Accuser, representing Satan’s doctrines in the old man, and the accused, the new man. EVERY DAY this court procedure takes place within us if we are a Son of God. Every day the accuser rises to accuse us of past or present sins of the flesh in thought word or deed. The Accuser accuses us of sin, but what he fails to recognize is that what he is accusing us of is his own. He fails to recognize, by God’s design, that we are in Christ and being in Christ, he is accusing Christ of sinning.

We cannot sin of ourselves because we are in Christ. Rather, the sin is not ours just as much as the righteousness is not ours. The old man’s doctrine, received from his father the devil, fails to recognize that he is being used by God to purify us from those very lies of which the Accuser accuses us. The sin is not ours, it is his, the flesh’s. Because it is the flesh’s sin, it, the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of God in the spirit.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

The flesh is crucified when it is shown by the Priest and the Judge that sins of the flesh are not of the man independently and separately from God. Sin is used by God to purify us from the great sin of self-righteousness, because darkness (sin) and the light are “BOTH ALIKE”.

Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 

Psa 139:12  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Because darkness and light are both alike to God (because in Him is no sin) all is GOOD that comes from Him. They are the same fruit from the same tree. Those who are in Christ stand guiltless before the Judge and the Priest. To the flesh the fruit is a knowledge of good and evil, and comes from itself, a tree, [Mar 8:24  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.]. To the new man, ALL IS “VERY GOOD”, because he is given to see that ALL THINGS work together for good.

Joh 8:51  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

These next few verses outline the greatest battle we have in the court room of God between the old man and new man. If the old man can justify his accusations against the new man, then that makes the old man righteous. If the old man can say that what he accuses the new man of is correct, then that opens the door for the old man to be his own goodness.

If I can lay claim for my own sin and prove it in court, then that means I am the judge and the priest and can judge righteous judgment within myself, see good from evil, and most importantly toward others. I become a god, independent and separate from the One and only God and One and only Priest who save us from the death of the witness of the old man under the law of the flesh. While we read the verses below, know that the wicked and the righteous are two hearts but speaking of the same person and either against his wicked heart or for his purified heart.

Eze 33:11  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

To whom is God speaking? The house of Israel. Who is Israel? Christ. Who are we if we are in Christ? The Christ, the body of Christ, the Israel of God (Gal 6:16). If we are in Christ then we are holy and without blame because we know that all that comes from us, comes from the Head of His body. Our literal bodies, limbs, eyes, mouths, hands, feet, arms and legs do not move on their own. They move as the head directs them, and so, too, with us who are connected to the Head. How can the foot or arm claim its own righteousness separate from the head which commands it?

We know that darkness and light are both “alike” to God. God uses what is darkness to us to bring about the light of the truth, but to Him it is not darkness. If we are given to see this truth, then what we see as evil in the flesh because of the law, we see as good because we see that God has used, is using and will use all things to and for the good. Therefore they are “both alike” to God. There is not a fruit of good and evil to the new man, only to the old man; all is good to the new man.

Eze 33:12  Therefore, thou son of man [speaking to Christ], say unto the children of thy people, [If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God.]  The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression [claiming a righteousness or unrighteousness separate from the Creator]: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness [claiming himself to be his own righteousness, making a freewill choice to do good or evil]; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
Eze 33:13  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
Eze 33:14  Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
Eze 33:15  If the wicked restore the pledgegive again that he had robbedwalk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die [restore all that he has robbed from God’s glory in claiming his own freewill].
Eze 33:16  None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. [all becomes good.]

Read these verses as the Father having a conversation with the Son. The Father tells Christ how to teach us how to walk in “the statutes of life”. What are the statutes of life? Let’s see this word “statute” and how it used in other verses.

Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Pro 8:29  When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

Jer 5:22  Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

Here is the same Hebrew word:

Psa 94:20  Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

Psa 105:10  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
Psa 105:11  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:

Here is the word “statutes” and its root:

Feminine of H2706, and meaning substantially the same: – appointed, custom, manner, ordinance, site, statute.
Total KJV occurrences: 104
From H2710; an enactment; hence an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage): – appointed, bound, commandment, convenient, custom, decree (-d), due, law, measure, X necessary, ordinance (-nary), portion, set time, statute, task.
Total KJV occurrences: 127

This word was used to say that the seas were bound by the statute that the sand would bind them and that Christ was called the Son. So, what God has decreed in our lives, whether it be good or evil to the flesh, has been decreed and is a statute. If we know this, then we are free from iniquity, self-righteousness. If we claim our evil as our evil, then we are saying we are the judge and the priest, we are saying that our lives are not decreed, and we do not live by the statute which says we are bound by the sand.

The Sons of God overcome the false witness of the old man and will suffer the decree of the fate he has planned against us. He will die. He will die because the flesh does not and will not believe that its life has been predestined to be what it will be. It turns its own goodnesses inward as coming from the individual separate from the Creator and therefore must turn its own evil inward saying, it is responsible for its own good and evil.

If we can lay the responsibility at the feet of man, then man can redeem himself and does not need Christ. However, if we are the sons of God, now, then we are coming to know, as this verse indicates in the Qal stem, that our lives are a statute decreed by God, every minute of them. This is why if we are given over to take responsibility for our sin as ours, then we have committed “iniquity” and all that we saw as righteousness in us will not be remembered. If we are given to turn from our iniquity and give glory to God for all things, then our sins will not be remembered. We are the wicked when we think we have freewill, and we are the righteous when we are given to know we don’t. Having this truth we can now know what these verses mean:

2Co 10:2  But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
2Co 10:7  Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

The Son of Man, Christ, is speaking here through Apostle Paul to show us that the warfare is spiritual, and we do not walk according to the flesh. Although we walk in the flesh we are living out what has been given as a law that we live out, a statute. When we face things in the flesh, if we put the blame or steal the glory for the flesh, we are blinded by God. If we are given to see that all things are by God and for God and by Him do all things consist, then we are decreed righteous. If (and we do and will) we trust to our own righteousness, being self-righteous, we are committing iniquity, and all that we had thought was our righteousness will not be remembered. However, if we are given to turn from seeing ourselves as our own gods and see that we are living out the statutes God has decreed we live out, then we have been turned from unrighteousness to righteousness.

Dan 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

This is warring according to the spirit and is how we can “REVENGE” all disobedience when our obedience to this truth is fulfilled! We are given to cast down all self-righteous thoughts and to give God the glory for all things, good or evil, for they are both alike to Him. The old man witnesses against the new man because the old man wants the glory to say, “I used to be a thief and a liar, and I stopped myself to serve God.” That is a iniquitous statement which cancels out all things that you thought were good. That, too, is good because it is through that cancelling out we come to know truth and cast down every thought to the OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST. What was Christ’s obedience?

Exo 25:40  And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

As Moses was admonished to make everything according to what God had instructed him, so Christ is building us according to how He was instructed before the world ever existed. When we see this we can see that Christ is obedient in all things even unto death, and therefore, we have an example of what it means to deny the flesh and say as Christ said, “Which of you convinces me of sin?” Who can lay a charge against God’s elect? NO ONE, not even our own flesh. “If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me.” Do those words apply to you and me? If we are in Christ, then absolutely, we are the sons of God right now. We are sinless in the eyes of our Father Who has given a statute that we are called the sons of God. No one, small or great, rich or poor, free or in bonds can lay hold of that claim and claim victory over the mark of the beast of mankind unless he is given to see what flesh and blood cannot see.

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

We are freed by the truth that our lives are a statute, decreed that we live out and whatever has been decreed IS VERY GOOD.

Gen 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Having this knowledge we can say that God has sent His Son into our hearts and has shown us that God sent His Son not to condemn our world, but that the world through Him might be saved. If we are in Christ, then all we have ever experienced in life or will experience is a creation of Christ for the glorification of God The Father. When we are given to see that all comes from the Son through the Father, then the old man begins to die, and we begin to grow in the fruit of the Spirit. Our world, our cosmos, is saved from death because we are given to see that all of it is, was and will be created by Christ for the glory of God. Each person’s cosmos is a world Christ has created for the glorification of the Father, and if we know that, then we know all things work together for the good because they are created very good.

Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning [H7225- ray-sheeth- first fruits] of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth—
Gen 1:2  the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness is on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters,
Gen 1:3  and God saith, ‘Let light be;’ and light is. (YLT)

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