This is a video about witnessing for Jesus.
Video Published on Jun 16, 2013
Paul, speaking of how he became an Apostle - a Witness for Jesus
Acts 22:6 ‘About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?”
8 ‘“Who are you, Lord?” I asked.
‘“I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
10 ‘“What shall I do, Lord?” I asked.
‘“Get up,” the Lord said, “and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.” 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
12 ‘A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight!” And at that very moment I was able to see him.
14 ‘Then he said: “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
17 ‘When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. “Quick!” he said. “Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.”
19 ‘“Lord,” I replied, “these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr [Or witness] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.”
21 ‘Then the Lord said to me, “Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles [the non-Jews].”’
Notice the ones involved and how the communications were concise and to the point. More importantly, how the Lord took the lead and Saul and Ananias obeyed him. Not the other way round! The people had the chance to accept the truth of Saul's testimony about the Lord Jesus, but they did not.
Paul, he was no longer called Saul, being abused for telling the truth about his call to be a witness for Jesus
Acts 23:1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, ‘My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.’ 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, ‘God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!’
4 Those who were standing near Paul said, ‘How dare you insult God’s high priest!’
5 Paul replied, ‘Brothers, I did not realise that he was the high priest; for it is written: “Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.”’
6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, ‘My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.’ 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. ‘We find nothing wrong with this man,’ they said. ‘?What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?’ 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.’
The plot to kill Paul
12 The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, ‘We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.’
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, ‘Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.’ 18 So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, ‘Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.’
19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, ‘?What is it you want to tell me?’
20 He said: ‘Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.’?
22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: ‘Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.’
Paul transferred to Caesarea
23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, ‘Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide horses for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.’
25 He wrote a letter as follows:
26 Claudius Lysias,
To His Excellency, Governor Felix:
27 This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to know why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their Sanhedrin. 29 I found that the accusation had to do with questions about their law, but there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a plot to be carried out against the man, I sent him to you at once. I also ordered his accusers to present to you their case against him.
31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, ‘I will hear your case when your accusers get here.’ Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.
Notice how the hatred of Paul by those Jews was openly seen by others. A true witness for the Lord never operates in secret, therefore, the opposition is also public.
The Witness of the Holy Spirit.
1 John 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood –
Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is
the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water
and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but
God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has
given about his Son.
Borne to Christ.
Jesus as the Messiah.
As coming to redeem and sanctify.
As exalted to be a Prince and Saviour to give repentance,
As perfecting saints.
The key word here is "perfect", for how can a person be made perfect if they are not also made holy. Notice how false Christians constantly make excuses for their evildoing, usually by lying. The true witness never lies, but acts in perfect honesty as the Holy Spirit does!]
As foretold by himself.
The first preaching of the gospel confirmed by.
The faithful preaching of the Apostles accompanied by.
Given to saints
To testify to them of Christ.
As an evidence of adoption.
As an evidence of Christ in them.
As an evidence of God in them.
Borne against all unbelievers.
My calling is to mobilise the Churches for Spiritual Warfare - the battle between the desires of the human Flesh and the desires of the Holy Spirit of God. So far, after 40 years, the Church Doors are firmly closed against me here in Birmingham, England, and elsewhere. My hope is that some may be opened soon.
TO REJECT WITNESSES FOR THE LORD JESUS IS TO ACT AGAINST THE WILL OF HIS FATHER!
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