THE CYCLE of WITNESS
BY: RAY PRINZING
“God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, and divers miracles, and gifts of the holy Spirit, according to His own will.” (Heb. 2:4)
There is a threefold dimension in the cycle of witness: we receive the witness that comes to us; we become the witness of that which we have received; in union with Christ, we are that which is witnessed to.
“This is the record (witness), that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life.” (1 John 5:11-12) As our eyes are open to see the truth, and our hearts prepared to receive the witness of God, receiving Him we receive His life, and than it is not only the witness without, coming to us, but it is within, as “the Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” (Rom. 8:16) Receiving the witness of God, believing the message, it becomes an internal reality, bringing us into the glory of His life.
“I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.” (Acts 26:16) Only in the measure that He reveals Himself to us, do we have a message to declare unto others. “Ye shall receive power, after that the holy Spirit has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me.” (Acts 1:8) As we become partakers of Him, gaining a firsthand knowledge by experience, then “that which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life,” (1 John 1:1) can we declare to others. Not only as a message to be voiced, but having experienced it, become one with the truth, message and messenger are merged into one, so that our state of being is the witness of the life which we have received, and which we would bear record of to others.
Then comes the day when “the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” (John 8:18) And “the works that I do, bear witness of me.” (John 5:36)
Receiving, becoming a witness true,
God testifying these ones He foreknew…
That we are HIS!