The Testimony of Belief

As believers in Jesus Christ we follow Him, He is our lead. Because Jesus suffered the ridicule and mockery of this world, because He laid down His life that we may live life to the fullest, because the world hated Jesus and it will hate the Christian also (John 15:19), we must be ready to testify on His behalf at all times. Jesus suffered for us to the point of an agonizing death on the cross and it is our reasonable service to Him to suffer for His sake. (1 Peter 2:21)

God has demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were in rebellion to His Word He Sent His only begotten Son to redeem us from the grip of sin that reigned in our life by the blood of His Son Jesus. (Romans 5:8) Is this not love that is beyond the comprehension of our minds? That God loved us so much that he sacrificed His only Son, His Son whom he was well pleased, (Matthew 3:17) because He loves us, because He loves you. God is love! God is a greater love than we have ever known except by the love He has demonstrated towards us. We as followers of Jesus have been given that love that we can demonstrate it towards all of His creation. By abiding in God’s love He abides in us. (1 John 4:16) This love from God, this love that Jesus has for us surpasses the knowledge of meager man, this love fills our lives to the fullness of God that we have life through Christ and have life abundantly. (Ephesians 3:19)

As believers in Jesus Christ we are no longer of this world. We have turned away from the desires of this world, we have turned away from the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye which leads us to serve false gods in our life. We have set aside our self-seeking ways and the boastful pride of life (1 John 2:16) and seek His Kingdom and righteousness that we may have everlasting life in the presence of the God of love. (Matthew 6:33) We are now His representatives from His Kingdom and as we walk with Him we bring His Kingdom here as it is in Heaven. The believer is the ambassador of Christ and we represent Him with faith by our action of word and deed. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

We are a brother or sister to Jesus as we have received Him into our lives and are now the children of God. (John 1:12) The Spirit of Truth lives within our beings and testifies with our spirit that we are indeed God’s children. If we are God’s children then Jesus is not only our Lord and Master, not only our Savior, not only the King of kings and Lord of lords, He is our brother. As a brother or sister of Jesus we are joint heirs in the glory of God, if we suffer for the sake of Christ then we shall also be glorified with Christ. (Romans 8:16-17)

Jesus lived a life obedient to the Heavenly Father and fought off the same adversary that we have by His Word. He lived His life in complete righteousness and by His obedience we too can be presented to the Father in perfect righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21) God does not see as we are, sinners, He sees us through His Son as righteous, God sees us as we will be. (1 John 3:2) We are not going to be saints someday off in the future time, through the righteousness of Jesus we are saints now. (1 Corinthians 1:2)

As a believer is Jesus Christ we have the authority that He has given us. The Father gave all authority in Heaven and earth to Jesus. (Matthew 28:18) Jesus gave that authority through Him to His disciples and as believers in Jesus we are His disciples. (Luke 9:1) Jesus explains to us in the Gospel of Mark that He is like the Master who has left His house. He is coming back soon but while He is away we, as His servants, have the authority to do the work of the Kingdom. (Mark 13:34) That work that we have the authority to do is found in the “Great Commission” that He commanded us before He left to be with His Father. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) This authority is given to us in order to glorify the Father’s name amongst men. That whatever we ask according to His will and purpose in Jesus’ name He will grant it to us. (John 14:13-14)

As a believer in Jesus Christ we are led by His Spirit. As the children of God we are given the Spirit of Truth to live within us and to guide our daily life. (John 14:17) The problem is that too many of us ignore the Spirits prompting and go on living the way that we have in the past. Paul warns us not to ignore the Spirit of God but to respond to His leadings. (1 Thessalonians 5:19) As God’s children we are to be led by His Spirit. (Romans 8:14) It is the Spirit that Jesus promised us and we have been given at conversion that is our helper through this world. It is the Spirit that teaches us all things and will bring into remembrance of what we have learned from God’s Word. (John 14:26)

Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and is our advocate. When we pray we are praying through Jesus and He intercedes for us to the Father, as Jesus knows our hearts and the perfect will of the Father for us. (Romans 8:27) Our prayers would often fall short of the glory of God but Jesus knows our weakness and prays for us with thoughts that are too deep for mere words of man. (Romans 8:26)

We not only want to pray and fellowship with God through Jesus in the power of His name, we want to learn more of the great God that we serve. We seek answers for how we should live as citizens of the Kingdom. We need to study and understand God’s Word. The Scriptures are a living Word. No other literature written can make this claim. The word of God is a spiritual language that speaks to us as individuals. It is the Spirit of Truth that brings the Word of God to life in our hearts. (2 Tim. 3:16–17) Through the many writers of the Scripture over 1500 years the Scripture fits together in perfect harmony. It may have been penned by men but it was written by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

By the believers study and meditation of God’s Word the Spirit uses the word to produce power in the life of the Christian. One of the most important power the Christian receives is the power over himself. If we submit ourselves to the lead of the Holy Spirit we will be able to overcome the temptations of the adversary. (Galatians 5:16,18) God is faithful and with every fiery dart of the devil He will provide away of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

As a believer in Jesus Christ we have the power of the Holy Spirit. He is given to us His Spirit when we repented of the ways of this world and turned to the life of the next. By our calling upon the name of the Lord, Jesus, and accepting His sacrifice for our sin debt, by accepting God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus His Son, we receive the gift of His Holy Spirit which is the power to live a life for Christ. It is by that life, His life that lives through us, that we form our testimony of what Christ has done for us in our life, it is that which we tell to all who have an ear to hear.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant

July 30, 2014

Durant Bible College

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