Tell all about it.
25 A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies (Proverbs 14).
What could be more compelling and credible than hearing an account from the horse’s mouth? If someone says they were physically there, they saw something with their own eyes, what further evidence is needed to believe their account? A witness who can corroborate the events. It’s one thing to read or hear about another person’s experience with someone, a product, service or event; it’s another thing to try it for yourself. It’s better to have first-hand information from those who have had an encounter with something, or have your own experience. It’s also crucial for a witness to relay the information accurately, so that others can make the most informed decision.
10 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I Am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. 11 I, even I, Am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior. 12 I have declared and saved. I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the Lord, “that I Am God (Isaiah 43).”
How serious do we take our role as witnesses of God, His Truth, His Love and Salvation? We are His witnesses to know and believe that there’s no other God. Know for yourself, learn on your own and not just by hearsay, of Who God is. Study to know and understand that there’s no other God beside Him. This is how you are qualified to become a witness: By being exposed to the truth, believing, experiencing, and understanding it. God has been revealing Himself to the world through those who believe in Him. There are many man-made gods out there, but there is only One True Living God, Jehovah. If God declares that He is The only God and Savior, that settles it. Faith is believing God’s account of Himself. We must live as those who are acquainted with Who God is. We have been chosen as witnesses to what we have learned. We have been saved from our self-will to do His Will. As we learn more about Him in Scripture, we have an obligation to act on that knowledge—that He is God and there’s no other.
13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.” 16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused (2 Kings 5).
Naaman, a Syrian commander, had leprosy and it was recommended to him to see Elisha, a prophet of God in Israel. At first, he refused to follow the prophet’s prescription because he was arrogant and preferred another method for his healing. Naaman’s servant prevailed on him by exploiting his pride; his eagerness to achieve only great things. Naaman was challenged to do a small act—wash and be clean. How often do we refuse to do the little things that God commands us? We may shun away deliverance that seems too simple to do, because we believe we have to work harder to attain it. We would rather jump through hoops or as Naaman, tell God how he should go about answering our prayers. Naaman became a witness of God’s Power only after he humbled himself to do what He was asked.
Naaman decided to reward the man of God for the work God had done; “Indeed, now I know there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.” He had an accurate analysis of God, but instead of glorifying God, he elevated the man of God. There are those in the Body of Christ, who ask their church leaders to pray for them for their needs; then once they have their prayers answered they give their praise to the church leadership. Elisha refused to be honored for being the vessel God used to bring about Naaman’s healing. As vehicles of God’s provision, we should not take His place of honor. The work God does through us defines Him, more than it does us. When we experience God’s Goodness we need to give the honor befitting Him alone.
27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I Am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He Who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him (John 8).
Our LORD spoke of his first-hand experience with The Father. He didn’t exalt Himself above His Father, nor do anything for His Glory. He Glorified His Father by what he professed of Him. He took no credit for what He taught and did, He only did what pleased His Father. If we exalt Him, we will know that He is from above and not from the Earth. His doctrine is from above the Earth, and distinguishes it from all other doctrine. What the Father taught The Son, He declared it boldly, and many believed Him.
Our Father never leaves those who give an accurate account of what He reveals. Those who have a constant encounter with Him, will know what pleases Him, and do it. There are no passive witnesses to God; they are doers of His will. Christ always did what The Father did and spoke what He spoke; He did what pleased Him, and many believed in Him. Unless believers learn how to follow after Christ’s example, they will not be able to convince others of what they believe. Christ reveals Himself to those who love Him and keep His Commandments. As He manifests Himself, they become witnesses to Him, through obedience. Just as the Father was explicit with The Son, so is The Son to those who obey.
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him (John 14).”
We must strive to please God boldly, in spite of opposition. We are not declaring ourselves, we are defining our God. Our lifestyles proclaim what we have heard and seen. He must be lifted above our thoughts, desires and interests, so that they may know He is God. We are not looking for accolades, but declaring His Glory. Living in submission to God is doing what pleases Him. By our life, character, conversations and desires, we are drawing others to Him or repelling them. When we just express our own nature, we become an aversion to those who are looking to see God’s character.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But The Helper, The Holy Spirit, Whom The Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14).
We have A Helper, The Holy Spirit who keeps us in the loop, so that we stay informed on what He desires. He teaches us through The Word, all things—not just some things, but all things that pertain to our calling. He will not leave us on our own to figure it out; The Anointing of God is our teacher. He also reminds us when we are about to falter, the things He has already revealed to us. He is sent in Christ’s Name, He is Christ Himself in us. To give an accurate account we must remember details, and we have The Helper to refresh our memory.
13 However, when He, The Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you (John 16).
How amazing is this! The Spirit of Truth speaks what He hears not by speaking of His Own Authority but from The Father. He is The LORD Jesus, once again telling us that He speaks what The Father reveals. The Greatest Witness to The Father is declaring to us all that He knows. If you have any doubt that The Spirit is Christ Himself, read the verse again and go back and read John 14.
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you (John 14.).
The Father and The Son are testifying of Themselves by Their Spirit in us. He not only reveals Truth in the past, but in the present and future. He tells us of things to come, as one not restrained by time and space. We have access to mysteries beyond our time. It’s no wonder Bible prophecies give credence to God’s Word. All things that The Father has, are being revealed to us. We must not shrink away from declaring what He reveals, by how we live in Him.
The one who only speaks of themselves will not be devoid of pride. The one who represents another who is greater, will be careful to do what is above board and right. There’s no room for self-importance when we are declaring what has been revealed to us. It’s not by our wisdom or righteousness that truth is unraveled beyond our comprehension. It is God’s delight to let us into His thoughts.
16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wants to do His Will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him (John 7).
We enjoy being regaled with people’s account of their experiences. We also love to share with others, things we have been involved in. How often are we enthused by what God reveals to us? How much are we willing to believe The Spirit of Truth, His Word or Doctrine, by doing what pleases Him? How can we become witnesses to Christ, just as He is to The Father? We must be bold believers who act on what we have seen and heard. Creation declares His Glory, day after day, how much more those who have been given access to His Presence?
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His Hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun (Psalm 19).