CAN I GET A WITNESS…!
By: Born Again Jerry
From the early dawn of humankind, the cosmic being known as “God” has revealed Himself empirically by his ability to
communicate; long before the establishment of various man-made religion, God revealed His truth thru verbal and written
testimony “God who in different times and in various ways spoke in time past to the ancestors and prophets” (Hebrews 1:1)
Now, with the ability to communicate it is necessary that the attribute of intelligence be a requirement, and the standard
of that communication must be based on Truth and Reason; the very concept of truth originates from God who is Living Truth;
“It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18) communication is someone coming to us to tell us the truth about himself, his character,
the truth about what he knows, opening his thoughts to us, asking our attention and desiring a response to that truth.
The being known as God has also set the principle on which to determine the validity of truth from the written record
“…BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES, LET THE MATTER BE ESTABLISHED” (Deuteronomy 19:15)
this will be the determining factor in this article by which “the matter be established”
THE WITNESS OF CREATION
The opening page of the testimony of history is “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)
as controversial as this statement is, there is no ambiguity here, it’s direct and to the point, the controversy is simply
a matter of whether you believe it or not…this verse does not attempt to ‘prove God exits’ it simply makes the logical
assumption that creation requires a Creator, just like a book assumes the existence of an author, a painting an artist,
no one would assume Mt. Rushmore didn’t require an engineer to sculpt it.
The self existent God has revealed Himself by ‘Personal, General and Special’ revelation to man, without Gods self
disclosure of Himself, man’s views of him are futile & empty “because although they knew God…professing themselves to be wise,
they instead became foolish in their imagination and exchanged the glory of God into man-made copies of creation” (Rom 1:21-23)
by refusing to acknowledge His existence, men speculate that their own existence arose from nothing!
The equation being: nobody x nothing = everything!
But the LORD said
“Who is this who darkens (my) counsel by words without knowledge?
Now, prepare yourself like a man (Man Up!) “I will question you and you will answer me!
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding!”
The first being to cast doubt on what God declared was “that old serpent” who deceived the first humans and caused man to disbelieve
his creator with the first recorded question ever from the mouth of Satan “Hast God really said?” (Gen 3:5) brought not only death,
but atheism into the world! Ever since that time “the god of this age has blinded the minds of them who don’t believe!” (2Cor 4:4)
Jesus pronounced the devil as “a murderer from the beginning, who does not stand in the truth, because there
is no truth in him, when he speaks a lie its from his own character, for he is a liar and the Father of it!” (John 8:44)
THE WITNESS OF SCRIPTURE
Jesus upheld the authority of the written word, its historicity, people, morals and doctrine as the very word from God himself.
He frequently and publically refuted the criticism of his enemies with scripture saying “What says the scriptures…It is written…
Have you not read…?”
Christ taught that not knowing scripture leads to incorrect knowledge of God and gross error (Matthew 22:29)
and the scriptures cannot be made null & void (John 10:35) He professed that the world would cease to exist before Gods eternal word;
by saying these things, he gave us proof and confidence that God has left us a trustworthy written testimony…the Bible.
The scriptures make the claim their origin came from God “knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is from any private origin,
for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men from God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2Pet 1:20-21)
Christ quoted whole or in part or made reference from virtually every book in the old testament (these were the scriptures Jesus read)
When asked about what were legal grounds for divorce, he answered “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning
made them both male & female, therefore a man shall leave his father & mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh?”
A direct quote from Genesis chapters 1 & 2, whom the critics say contradict each other!
Now the hard-nose skeptic might say Jesus was only expressing the dominate worldview of his day, but who would know better than him?
“In the beginning, was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3)
Not only did He witness creation, he’s responsible for it! That’s reliable first hand testimony if ever I heard!
This tells me personally that Jesus certainly understood that Creation, Adam & Eve were real historic events & persons, and Genesis 1-11
were not allegory or myth but real world history.
Including Noah’s flood “And as it was in the days of Noah….and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27)
“Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32)
again, Jesus making a clear historical reference to Gen 19:26 (which the ‘intellectuals’ call a myth)
But men who were not there says ‘there was no global flood!’ who make the claim that the “Geological column” proves otherwise,
calling it “Uniformity” that means between the layers of rock strata are “billions of years” problem is, the only two places you can find
this “column” is in the classroom and drawings in textbooks. If the geologic column existed it would reach over a 100 miles high!
“For this reason they’re willfully ignorant, that by the word of God the heavens were of long ago, and the earth standing out of water
and in the water, which the world that then existed, perished, being flooded with water” (2Pet 3:5-6)
THE WITNESS OF THE APOSTLES
The question needs to be asked ‘Can we trust the testimony of the Apostles?’
“For we did not make up cleverly devised stories, when we made known to you the power & coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, but we were EYEWITNESSES of his majesty” (2Pet 1:16)
“That which was from the beginning, which we (apostles) have heard, which we seen with our eyes and have looked
upon, our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life….we have seen and bare WITNESS (1John 1:1-2)
“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to write an orderly account of the things which have been fulfilled among us
just as those who from the beginning were EYEWITNESSES…..(Luke 1:1-2)
Jesus to the apostles at the last supper “And you shall also bear Witness because you have been with Me from the beginning”
THE WITNESS OF JESUS
Jesus bore witness to Abraham “…that he rejoiced to see my day” (John 8:56)
to Moses “…have you not read in the book of Moses, at the burning bush..?” (Mark 12:26)
to David “..have you not read what David did…? (Mark 2:25)
-and what they and the prophets said of Him was true.
Reading from Isaiah “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me and has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…Today the scriptures are
fulfilled in your ears!” (Luke 4:17-21) quoting Isa 61:1
Jesus said the scriptures bare witness of him “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them in ALL the scriptures
the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27 & 44)
“…all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, the prophets & the Psalms concerning Me”
here, Christ confirms the validity the OT canon of scripture!
“You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and these are they which Testify Of Me”
“For if you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he WROTE about Me” (John 5:39 & 46)
Of all the testimonies ever given by man, there is none more trustworthy than the testimony of Jesus Christ
“Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth” (1Pet 2:22)
AT THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES, LET THE MATTER BE ESTABLISHED!