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The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are witnesses of Each Other, and They are continually testifying concerning Each Other, as the Father has testified of Jesus by His word, “This is My Son, whom I love. With Him I am well pleased,”[1] so the Holy Spirit has testified to the Sonship of Jesus by raising Him from the dead as Paul wrote: and who through the Spirit of Holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.[2] The Lord Jesus has testified with the Holy Spirit to the goodness of the Father by making known to us the Father through His preaching, and the Holy Spirit through the signs that accompanied the Lord’s teachings.

The Holy Spirit has been testified to by the Lord as the One who comes from the Father, saying, “But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything that I have said to you.”[3]

The Father’s testimony of His Spirit and Jesus’ testimony of the Holy Spirit have been continuing through His word and again with signs that accompany the word. These Three, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, have all testified about Each Other. Even though it is always that Two have testified about One, They still need our testimony to verify Theirs because Moses declared, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.”[4] And because the Law requires every testimony to be verified by two or three witnesses, the Lord, the Lord and the Lord being One needs us to be the second independent witness to have everything established in Heaven and on Earth. The failure by the church to understand that we are the witnesses of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that God is not our Witness, is one of the reasons why there is no power for the church at large. The power of the Holy Spirit is given for us to witness for Jesus and the Father. The Father’s power is given to us to witness for the Holy Spirit and Jesus; and Jesus’ power is given to us to witness for the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The disciples of Jesus are witnesses with the Holy Spirit and the Father that the words of Jesus are truth. The church, which includes believers and seekers, is to be a witness with the Father and the Lord Jesus that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. The unbelievers are witnesses with the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit that the Father’s words are true. Thus, although our witness begins with Jesus as His disciples, our raising up of believers and disciples for Jesus confirms the Holy Spirit’s word and the raising up of unbelievers raises up the Father’s witness for the Father’s word.

For the Father declared, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from their brothers; I will put My words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him.”[5] And Jesus Himself declared, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”[6] The preaching of the Gospel of Jesus as in John 3:16 created believers and unbelievers. The unbelievers are the witnesses that the words of God are true for all who do not listen to Him, beginning with His promise: “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you.”[7] The nation of Israel has been the witness of God’s words from the Father with their history. They were blessed and delivered as they observed the commands, and they were cursed and scattered as they rebelled. The history of Israel from the day of Moses to now proves the Father’s word true. But unfortunately, they cannot be counted on to verify the words of Jesus’ testimony about the Father, for they are what the lawyers would call hostile witnesses. As such, it is up to His disciples to verify that which the Lord testified of the Father’s word is true.

The words we can witness to are the Father’s statements and promises to Jesus:

1. That He is the Son with whom God is well pleased.[8]

2. That He has glorified the Name and will glorify it again.[9]

Our witness of the truth of the Father’s words lies in this:

1. Our fervent and careful listening to the Lord Jesus as He commanded us leads to manifestation in our lives of the blessings of Leviticus: ” ‘If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep My covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put My dwelling place [tabernacle] among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.’ ”[10] To this we can testify “I will send you rain in its season…” when it does not rain when we do not want it to, is as much a proof of this on our Saturday morning FGBM’s breakfast and so on.

2. Seeing that which happens to those who do not listen to Jesus.

3. The evidence that the Father has glorified His Name as He promised, when Jesus said, “Father, glorify Your Name.” Jesus said, “Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name, the Name You gave Me so that they may be one as We are One. While I was with them, I protected them and kept the safe by that Name You gave Me.”[11] Our testimony of deliverance and our constant safety is the proof that the Father’s words are true when He said, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”[12]

The power of the Name of the Father, the Name the Father gave Jesus, is to protect us and keep us safe, and as we experience that protection and safety, the oneness begins. The oneness, the unity of our witness, begins when we can all testify as one and say, “Yes, the Name of the Father saved me,” and we can testify to the occasions. Indeed, the increasing dangers that we now face in these days of distress have been raised in order to prove that the Father’s Name is being glorified again. Our point of witness is that not one of us is lost. And since Jesus said, “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me”[13] …this is why, as much as we believe in the eating of the flesh of Jesus and the drinking of His blood as He commanded us to do in John 6:53, we also believe with that same faith that we are cut off according to the Law given by the Father, “…anyone who eats it must be cut off.”[14]

As such, through this complete faith, we are then truly the Father’s witnesses that Jesus is the Son, His Son, who has fulfilled the Law. For in our breaking of the Law by eating and drinking the flesh and blood, the curse of the Law has not come upon our lives, but rather, we experience the blessings. In so doing, we become what He said, “You are My witnesses, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed. Nor will there be one after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no Saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are My witnesses that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days, I am He. No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”[15]

The power of the Name for us is protection that brings the unity out of us, and that same power is witnessed when we are witnesses that “anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord is saved.”[16] In fact, the Father intends to glorify His Name again and again so much that even after the Earth has been destroyed by the fire of His jealous anger as He promised, He is still going to purify the lips of the peoples that all of them may call on the Name of the Lord.[17]

When you see it in that context, you can see that the deception of the citizens of God and Magog at the end of the Millennial Reign so that they would surround the city that God loves, is just God’s way of glorifying His Name again. That those Goggites and Magogians will have their lips purified after they are destroyed to call on the Lord’s Name and be saved, proves once and for all that the Name of the Father saves both the rebels and the camp of the saints. That final act of grace, which all mankind and all angels and all creation will witness after the destruction of the Earth, will seal forever the Name of God in glory, forever. Jesus has told us that, “I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is One who seeks it…”[18]

The power of the Father is in His Name, the Name He gave Jesus, and when we seek to testify to the saving and protecting power of that Name, we will be given the power of the Name to be those witnesses. The problem is this: It means that we will have to go in harm’s way. It means that the Father will have to permit situations to arise in our lives where we will experience the salvation and the protection of that Name again and again. The more testimony we have, the weightier it becomes. Is the Father being cruel? Not at all, for the more you experience the salvation and protection of the Name, the more you will lift up the Name and the Person to whom the Name was given, Jesus the Son, the Son He called Jesus. The effect of the protection and salvation of His Name is to bring you to the place that you’d dare believe in John 11:26 and be convinced that you who live and believe can never die.

When we, the disciples of Jesus, can verify that the Father’s words to us are true, then we can say to the Jews and the Gentiles, for we are neither Jews nor Gentiles now, that the Father’s word to them is also true. Indeed we can and should warn them, or if be they Jew or Gentile have obeyed that which God has told them, they can rejoice and be assured that they will share in their forefather’s reward, Noah, the father of faith of all mankind, Jew and Gentile.

Adam is the witness of God that His words are true through curses and death. Indeed, the obituaries, the funeral parlours, and the grave yards stand as stark testimony that God’s words, “you will surely die,”[19] are true. However, Noah is the first witness to testify that when a man believes and obeys God, doing that which God told him to do, no matter how ridiculous it seems, man can save himself and his family. Noah did it by faith in God’s words given to him, for to Noah God did not reveal His Name that God wanted to glorify. If a man who has no personal relationship with God because God never gave Noah a Name to call on Him by, can end up saving himself and his family and possess the whole world for himself and all his descendants, what awaits those to who God has given His Name to call upon?

As such, we are to be witnesses of the Name of Jesus, the Name the Father gave His Son, of the salvation and the protection. Salvation for all who call upon the Name even if they use it as a byword, to believe that those who use the Name of Jesus even as a ‘swear’ word will be saved is not misuse of the Name. On the contrary, the third of the Ten Commandments states: “You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name.”[20] To believe that someone who yells out “Jesus Christ” in a moment of distress, anger or frustration will be saved is not misuse of that Name by you, for the Name was given to save. To use the Name of the Lord without expectation of salvation is misuse, and this is where it is hard for many to use the Name of the Lord, to pronounce it and not expect that there will also be condemnation for those who do not believe in the Name is also misuse. The complete use of the Name of the Father, the Name He gave His Son, is thus salvation for those who call on the Name of the Lord and protection for those who have believed in the Name.

But to complete the witness, we must also be able to testify that the glorification of the Name of the Father, the Name He gave His Son, lies also in its power to condemn those who do not believe in it. For Jesus said, “But whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he does not believe in the Name of God’s One and Only Son.”[21] Thus the power to witness that is in the Name of the Father, lies in a threefold witness:

1. Its power to save.

2. Its power to protect.

3. Its power to condemn.

Only those who are prepared to stand up and testify concerning all that God says He is with God will be granted the privilege of full power. Perhaps now, you will understand why the power the witnesses in Revelation have is power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the water into blood, and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as the want.[22] Those who desire to be witnesses of the Father completely and utterly will live to experience and to testify to the truths concerning the Name of the Father, that the Name of the Father, the Name He gave His Son, saves all who call upon it, protects all who believe in it, and condemns all who refuse to believe in it—NOW. That is why you must learn: “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy. [do not call for a treaty every time these people call for a treaty]; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the One you are to regard as Holy, He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread, and He will be a Sanctuary…”[23]

Note that the Lord did not say to Isaiah, “The Lord is the One you are to love,” nor, “the One you are to be at peace with,” like Eliphaz the Temanite advised Job: “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”[24] No wonder the Lord said to Eliphaz, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right,”[25] …meaning, what is just or what brings Me justice. An incomplete witness does not bring justice, only a complete witness does. So, we should say, like Jesus, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen.”[26]

There is power in the Name of the Father, the Name He gave His Son, Jesus, power to save all who call on it, power to protect all who believe in it and use it, and power to condemn all who do not believe in it. Power in the Name comes 30, 60 and 100-fold, each according to the faith. AMEN


 

[1] Matthew 17:5

[2] Romans 1:4

[3] John 14:26

[4] Deuteronomy 6:4

[5] Deuteronomy 18:18

[6] Matthew 15:24

[7] Exodus 15:26

[8] Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35

[9] John 12:28

[10] Leviticus 26:3-13

[11] John 17:11-12

[12] John 12:29

[13] John 12:44

[14] Leviticus 17:14

[15] Isaiah 43:10-13

[16] Joel 2:32

[17] Zephaniah 3:8-9

[18] John 8:50

[19] Genesis 2:17

[20] Exodus 20:7

[21] John 3:18

[22] Revelation 11:6

[23] Isaiah 8:12-14

[24] Job 22:21

[25] Job 42:7

[26] John 3:11

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