Summary: Study in the book of Ephesians about lying.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9. and Online Bible Topics

Title: The Lie

Theme: To understand what it means to lie.


But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: {speaking...: or, being sincere} (Ephesians 4:15 AV)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Ephesians 4:22 AV)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25 AV)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. {to...: or, to edify profitably} (Ephesians 4:29 AV)

Throughout scripture we see an important emphasis on what is said. Especially in James where we see that the tongue is hard to tame. Falsehood is rejected and called sin. So it is no surprise that when describing the changed life from Old to New that Paul speaks of putting away lying. The problem comes today is what is a lie and when to use it.

I was watching a TV program the other day and it tried to covince me that all people lie. No matter.

Let us look at this tonight.

What is a lie?


a) an assertation of something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue with intent to


b) an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker

c) something that misleads or deceives.

manifestation of untruth

Greek: 1. a falsehood 2. speaking falsely 3. to deceive by lies


1) Forbidden # Le 19:11 Col 3:9

2) Hateful to God # Pr 6:16-19

3) An abomination to God # Pr 12:22

* 4) A hindrance to prayer # Isa 59:2,3

* 5) The devil, the father of # Joh 8:44

* 6) The devil excites men to # 1Ki 22:22 Ac 5:3

7) SAINTS What to do as Christians?

7a) Hate # Ps 119:163 Pr 13:5

7b) Avoid # Isa 63:8 Zep 3:13

7c) Respect not those who practise # Ps 40:4

7d) Reject those who practise # Ps 101:7

7e) Pray to be preserved from # Ps 119:29 Pr 30:8

8) Unbecoming in rulers # Pr 17:7

9) The evil of rulers hearkening to # Pr 29:12

10) False prophets addicted to # Jer 23:14 Eze 22:28

11) False witnesses addicted to # Pr 14:5,25

12) Antinomians guilty of # 1Jo 1:6 2:4

13) Hypocrites addicted to # Ho 11:12

14) Hypocrites, a seed of # Isa 57:4

15) THE WICKED-Sign of the wicked?

15a) Addicted to, from their infancy # Ps 58:3

15b) Love # Ps 52:3

15c) Delight in # Ps 62:4

15d) Seek after # Ps 4:2

15e) Prepare their tongues for # Jer 9:3,5

15f) Bring forth # Ps 7:14

15g) Give heed to # Pr 17:4

16) A characteristic of the Apostasy # 2Th 2:9 1Ti 4:2

17) LEADS TO-Why is it so bad?

17a) Hatred # Pr 26:28

17b) Love of impure conversation # Pr 17:4

18) Often accompanied by gross crimes # Ho 4:1,2

*19) Folly of concealing hatred by # Pr 10:18

20) Vanity of getting riches by # Pr 21:6

21) Shall be detected # Pr 12:19

22) Poverty preferable to # Pr 19:22

*23) Excludes from heaven # Re 21:27 22:15

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