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In 1 Timothy 6:15 Paul the apostle charges his disciple, Timothy, to keep his testimony by a high standard. He is to emulate Jesus, "who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession" (ESV). Of course, we say, this is obvious. Jesus being God would certainly make the right confession. There's no doubt about it.
Yet I think this points us to a deeper and less intuitive matter. Jesus always told the truth. It goes without saying, yet it needed to be said. Every earthly leader will be tempted, at least at times, to mislead others. And they all fall prey to that temptation, though the best among them don't obey their temptation very often.
The Christian faith, counter to all other world religions, has no place in the deity for falsehood. All the pagan religions, all the folk religions, Gnosticism, and any other non-Christian systems of life and practice have some role for a trickster, a liar, a charlatan, a god or other teacher who misleads people by misrepresenting the truthy. It is only absent in Christianity.
Jesus is the truth. He tells the truth. What he does is truth. Timothy is exhorted to pursue that standard. It isn't because Paul does so well. It's because Jesus does it perfectly.
The truth is often uncomfortable. It's inconvenient. It doesn't cooperate with our hopes and desires. But it's truth. We need to hold to that truth, making the good confession, regardless of the circumstances. God is true. As Christians reflect God's truth, we must be people of truth ourselves. This is the exhortation of Paul to Timothy. It is God's exhortation to all his people.
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