Proving that Jesus is true

The duty of all Disciples John 14:23 is to witness for Jesus

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'

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:

Greetings.

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.
[It is He, the Holy Spirit of God, who confirms the truth about all witnesses for God. Nobody can be a witness for God without the Holy Spirit of God.]

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.
[No human can claim to be a true witness unless the Holy Spirit publically confirms it.]

Borne to Christ.
[Meaning of borne in this context: 2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.]

Jesus as the Messiah.
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’
with
John 1:32 Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.”
[God gives precise information to those involved in carrying out the will of God. Unlike religious instruction that is dressed up to seem true.]

As coming to redeem and sanctify.
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.
[The Holy Spirit is God and cannot tell lies or be deceitful.]

As exalted to be a Prince and Saviour to give repentance, etc.
Acts 5:31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.’
[God is seen here operating for the good of mankind, because God is perfectly good willing and benevolent. He chooses those who will witness this. Notice how they receive the Holy Spirit as a result of their obedience to the commands of God. In addition, the Lord's witnesses are publically seen, as is the rejection of them by the enemies of God in religion - even called a Christian religion.]

As perfecting saints.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect for ever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
[16
‘This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.’
17 Then he adds:
‘Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.’
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

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 work of the Holy Spirit. John 15:26 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me.
[Only those the Lord Jesus describes in John 14:23 are given the Holy Spirit by the Father. Those described in John 14:24 cannot, and do not, receive the Holy Spirit. It is these disobedient people who reject the Witness and the Holy Spirit for all to see. They cannot hide their evildoing!]

In heaven.
1 John 5:7 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. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
[Christless Christians claim to believe in Jesus and thereby claim the rewards. Yet how can they believe in Jesus if they refuse to love and obey him? How can they claim to be ordained by God, when they persecute the Witnesses and the Holy Spirit, and also the Father and the Lord Jesus, who live with and in the Witnesses? They can't, they can only lie.]

On earth.
1 John 5:8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
[All the world can see the Witness, they are always noticeable, because they have the Holy Spirit acting with them.]

The first preaching of the gospel confirmed by.
Acts 14:3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.
with
Hebrews 2:4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
[The true Witness is always confirmed by the actions of the Holy Spirit. Even if the Witness operates with no human support, God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are present. My own testimony proves this!]

The faithful preaching of the Apostles accompanied by.
1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
and
1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
[The Spirit's power can never be hidden. No matter what the actions of God's enemies, the power is seen. The Witness operates in their Community, though God may withhold his blessings due to the Communities lack of faith - trust in Jesus.]

Given to saints
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'
[Those described in verse 23 are the Saints.]

On believing.
Acts 15:8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
and
1 John 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
[Though people can claim to be of God, God knows the truth about them. He sees how they act against Him and his Witnesses because they are Children of the Devil and there is no truth in them. They do not have the Holy Spirit of God!]

To testify to them of Christ.
The work of the Holy Spirit. John 15:26 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me.
[The Witnesses of God are sustained in power and truth by the Holy Spirit given to them by the Father of the Lord Jesus. No matter what the opposition against them, the Power of God never leaves them. It's a wonderful experience that the ungodly never have.]

As an evidence of adoption.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
[The Christless Christian lives constantly without the Holy Spirit. Not for them the perfect relationship with God that only His Children can have.]

As an evidence of Christ in them.
1 John 3:24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.
[The Christless Christian does not keep the Commands of God, therefore, they cannot the Spirit. They may, and often do, claim to be members of the Body of Christ. Yet they are not! They cannot show evidence of the Spirit in their being. They build their Churches on sand, not rock.]

As an evidence of God in them.
1 John 4:13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: he has given us of his Spirit.
[Union with Christ! That is the true evidence that every witness of God has.]

Borne against all unbelievers.
Nehemiah 9:30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighbouring peoples.
and
Acts 28:25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: ‘The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
26
‘“Go to this people and say,
‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.’
27
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.” [Isaiah 6:9,10]
[I have been a witness for Jesus since 1977, and as of this time, I do not have a single friend who is a Christian Leader. Leaders of what is called the Christian Church, but it is not, shunning me completely. Thus they shun God who sent me to help them.]

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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