Two or three witnesses

witness-standA single witness may not testify against another person for any trespass or sin that he commits. A matter may be legally established only on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15 NET

Divine justice among men took into account their fallibility and the necessity of reaching a fair verdict. Divine wisdom is evidenced by the law of the Israelites being copied in many places.

This principle of two or three witnesses was applied to the church.

The Lord required it when dealing with sin in the church (Matthew 18:16).

Paul considered his three visits as serving as “witnesses” against the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 13:1).

No accusation was to be accepted against an elder without being supported by two or three witnesses (1 Timothy 5:19).

Even when dealing with issues among us, our faith must be based upon facts and not opinions. And facts are established by means of witnesses and not gossip.

The above is my translation of today‘s Portuguese-language devotional “God With Us.”

One Reply to “Two or three witnesses”

  1. It’s funny to me how basic that is, yet how rarely I think about it. Someone says, “John saw Jim do ___,” and I take it as fact.

    Thanks for a great reminder!

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

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