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When Jesus met with the two on the road going to Emmaus, He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, “Are You only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” He asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a Prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”

Now from their reply it is evident they are not disciples, for Jesus never told His disciples that He is a Prophet, not once ever. People thought He was a prophet, but never ever did He say He was a Prophet. So if those two non-disciples gave such a reply to Jesus, that would be fine, for that was the perception of Jesus by the people at that time, for when He had asked them a short while earlier, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Unfortunately however, the two on the road to Emmaus were not just ‘people’, for they were able to return to Jerusalem at once and find the eleven immediately after Jesus left them, as it is written in Luke 24.33. For them to be able to find the eleven the way they did meant that they had to also be disciples… that even though they were not part of the eleven, they were still part of the group of disciples. If that was the case, then their testimony to the Enquirer, “What things?” was truly inadequate… for their testimony of Jesus was, “He was a Prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people,” and in verse 21 they said, “…but we had hoped that He was the One who was going to redeem Israel.”

If Jesus told Nicodemus, who was not a disciple of His, that “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son… to save the world through Him,” then you can be certain He would have made this amply clear to His disciples, so that at the end of three years they should be in no doubt that He was not there to redeem Israel, but that He was there to redeem the whole world. Now either Jesus was an extremely poor Teacher that His disciples could not tell a stranger who He is, or His disciples were poor students who did not really believe and retain what He had been telling them… that they should bear witness about Him to the ‘Stranger’ that He was a Prophet. Indeed, when Jesus told the disciples that they were His witnesses, that witnessing surely included telling all who enquired about Him that He is the Son of God and not just a Prophet.

Now herein lays the problem… if even His disciples could not testify plainly about Him as to who He is to an enquiring stranger, then what do you expect believers to say of Jesus? And without the discipline of truth on witnessing about who He is, no wonder we have succumbed to so many fanciful stories and theologies as to who Jesus is. It is not just the people who were spreading rumours and fanciful stories as to who they thought Jesus is… even disciples were doing the same thing and that was no more than three days in the grave, as it were.

So how can anyone work for the honour of the One who sent him if that person cannot even begin to testify truthfully as to who sent him? If you say, “Jesus sent me,” then what is your answer as to who He is that you know and not believe, for a witness does not share what he believes, but rather what he knows? So then you may believe He is the Son of God, wonderful, that will get you saved, but how can you work for His honour when you do not know that He is the Son of God? Faith saves, but faith does not make the witness, knowledge of the truth does.

So be very clear… to be the weapon of God’s choice in His hands, ‘a man of truth’ does not and cannot occur until you know whose honour you are really working for and who it is you are really honouring, not believing.

As powerful as faith is, as a weapon it is not unique to the Kingdom of God, and as such, the enemy knows and has that weapon as well as us, and therefore has counter measures to our faith, even to the point of so annulling our faith that it is only good for saving ourselves, but not sufficient for pressing on to overwhelming victory. Truth therefore is a far superior weapon, but unfortunately, even though the enemy may not have that weapon, it is a weapon that we ourselves neglect and so often we deny it ourselves for our own convenience. Remember, it was not the servant girl who declared that Peter was not a disciple of Jesus, but it was Peter who denied he was a disciple.

You see, no demon denied that Jesus is the Holy One of God or that He is the Son of God, but rather, it was the disciples who denied Jesus His truth, for when asked, two said, “He was a Prophet…” and another said of Him, “…Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs… This Man… …this Jesus…” and “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ,” and again in Acts 5.30, “The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead…” According to them, He was a Prophet, a Man, Lord, Saviour, Christ… but Jesus kept telling them that He was the Son of God and the Son of Man, yet nowhere did they testify that He was the Son of Man or the Son of God. When asked by the Sanhedrin if He was the Son of God, Jesus said they were correct to say that and Himself told them, “In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”

How can you work for the honour of the One who sent you if you will not honour Him first by introducing Him as who He said He is?

Worst of all, the comments of Acts 2 and 5 were by Peter, one of the three who heard the voice from the cloud, as he himself testified in his letter, “This is My Son…” How can you introduce Jesus as “This Man…” when you yourself were told by God personally, “This is My Son…”?

As such, the man of truth Jesus spoke of is not a believer or a disciple who introduces Jesus Christ in the manner that suits him or according to what he believes or on the basis of political correctness. Ignorance or failure to have the courage and integrity to introduce a person as who he said he is means that you cannot work for his honour, no matter what the reason, cause or excuse is. Hence, there may have been truthful persons or persons who speak the truth and do not lie, but there are very few ‘men of truth’ as defined by Jesus Christ. And the moment you wish to argue about the definition of what a ‘man of truth’ really is, then as a disciple, you can no longer work for His honour, for you have dishonoured Him by questioning His definition.

So the weapon of God’s choice that is greater than faith and truth is the man of truth, who is not a common creature at all. So from here on, if you say you are a believer, praise God, you are saved, and you may in your zealousness to share what you believe preach to many and even convince many to share your faith, but that does not make you a man of truth, however truthful or sincere you may be.

You may be a disciple and a zealous one at that, always the first to speak and always the first to run and investigate, and you may be forgiven of your many feelings, and your hard work and perseverance may cause great works and ministries to be built, yet it does not make you a man of truth if your claim to discipleship is overshadowed by your failure to introduce your Teacher the way God introduced Him to you, “This is My Son…”

It is not enough, Peter, to say you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is not enough, elect, to say you are a disciple of Jesus Christ… for that does not honour Him but honours you. You see, the attachment of any part of the Name of Jesus Christ to you and your life honours you, not Him.

To say, “I believe in Jesus,” saves you, not Jesus.

To say, “I know Jesus,” honours and glorifies you, not Jesus.

To say, “I am a Christian,” identifies you, not Jesus.

It is only when you say, “Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Son of Man,” when you introduce Him that honours Him.

When you can say, “I believe in Jesus, the Son of God;” that honours Him.

When you can say, “I believe in Jesus, the Son of Man;” that glorifies Him.

When you can say, “I am a sinner whom God saved with His Son, Jesus;” that justifies God, not you, for when you say, “I am a sinner. Have mercy on me,” Jesus has already saved you; that justifies you.

So then if you thought being a truth speaking, not lying man makes you a man of truth, think again, for Jesus’ definition is: “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

The power of a man of truth is “…there is nothing false about him,” a power that can only be made known when such a man or woman is available for God to use… the power of having “…nothing false…”

Now, elect, you have been elected by He who does not speak on His own, but He will speak only what He hears. I hope you might now understand why it is so important to recognise His voice that you may hear what He is saying and, like Him, you might become one who does not speak on his or her own, but only what he or she hears. And not only that, the Holy Spirit “…will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you,” so that He is truly One who also works for the glory of the One who sent Him, which is what makes Him, as I have taught you, the Spirit of Truth, who is One with the Man of Truth, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sent by God to save the world and who works only for the glory of the One who sent Him whilst seeking no glory for Himself.

That is your election, elect, to be a witness of the Son of God, the Man of Truth, and to fellowship with the Spirit of Truth so that you too might learn to be a man of truth with a spirit of truth, who will not speak on his own but work for the honour of the One and Ones who sent you by introducing Them as who They truly are – Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit.

So then, elect, if a ‘stranger’ were to walk beside you on the road one day and enquire of you about things, as they do… who do you say and who will you say Jesus Christ is? And when you have practised your testimony rightly, then you can begin your training as the person of truth, the weapon God is looking for to put all who are the enemies of His Son under His feet… for He has declared an oath, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet,” and so until that footstool is complete, Jesus will remain at the right hand of His Father.

But when the footstool has been completed, then shall Jesus arise and return on clouds of glory, as He said, “…you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.” Those enemies who died have all seen Him at the right hand of God. Now it is our work to let those who are His enemies and are alive to see Him, the Son of Man, coming on the clouds of Heaven. Have you then the metal to be forged into such a weapon, elect.

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