Friday, May 26, 2006

The Best Type Of Witness

Judgment trials always use witnesses.  A witness is someone who has first-hand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event. We know that lawyers – on both sides - use witnesses to testify either for or against the defendant.  We have also learned that there are different types of witnesses.  A witness who has seen the event first-hand is known as an eye-witness. A material witness is an individual who contains information "material" to a criminal proceeding.  Character witness talk about the defendant to convince the jury that there is no way this person could have done what he or she is accused of.  Than there are these expert witnesses.  They do not know the defendant, nor did they see what happened.  They take the evidence found in the crime scene, which technically speaking was there, and in a sense, speak what the evidence says in words the jury will understand. 
The Spirit is to testify of Jesus.  Let’s read John 15:26,
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
In the Biblical Greek, to testify means to be or bear witness, give testimony, have a good report, to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation or inspiration.  Who best to testify than the One who was there through out the whole process?  Let us look at this list that shows how the Spirit was involved with Jesus. 
  1. The Holy Spirit conceived Jesus (Matthew 1:18, 20). 
  2. He filled Jesus with His presence (Luke 2:40). 
  3. The Holy Spirit was there when John baptized Jesus giving His approval to Jesus (Matthew 3:16). 
  4. The Spirit led Jesus where He should go (Luke 4:1,14). 
  5. Jesus performed miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28). 
  6. Jesus admitted that all He was able to do was due to the Spirit being upon Him (Luke 4:18). 
It is the Spirit’s desire to with us as He did with Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is responsible for our new birth.  One cannot be born unless one is conceived first.  It is the Holy Spirit who spiritually re-conceives us for our new birth experience (John 3:5-8).  He fills us with His presence.  The sign of this are the Gifts and His fruit (1 Corinthians 12:4; Galatians 5:22-24).  He leads us where we should go.  Because, of the Spirit we will do even greater things than Jesus. 
We need not worry about what to say.  The Father and Jesus both want to send the Holy Spirit to us (Luke 1:13; John 14:26; 15:26; 1 Thessalonians 4:8).  The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance what we are to say (Mark 13:11).  The Holy Spirit is our seal of promise unto the day of redemption.  What is a beautiful and reassuring promise: that He, who brought Jesus forth, will also bring us forth to Jesus?