Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WItness in Word and Deed

UV 2085/10000 Witness in Word and Deed
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

John 10 v 25

For any evidence, there is a need of two witnesses, one to speak it and another to corroborate it. Jesus said that His first witness was His words. His second witness was the works He did in the Father’s name. He truly walked His talk. Likewise, each of us by our words bear witness to Jesus as the good Shepherd. Our second witness are the works or actions we take to corroborate our words. The integrity and consistency of our words and actions speak to the soundness of our belief in Jesus. When these two come together, nothing can shake it for it has a rock hard solidity.

Salvation also comes by the Word of God and by the word of testimony. Both go hand in hand or are two sides of the same coin. The word of testimony is the word-in-action. Our beliefs are proved by these two together acting in harmony and consistency. Whatever Jesus did, He spoke of it ahead of time and then went ahead and did it including laying down His life for the sheep and taking it up again on the third day. The Father also spoke through the centuries through prophets and then went ahead to act and fulfil those words spoken ahead of time. The first witness is a proclamation or declaration and the second witness is a confirmation and corroboration.

Jesus spoke more than forty remarkable parables to lay bare the principles and truths of the kingdom of His Father and did more than forty amazing, “para-able” or beyond human ability wonders and miracles of healing, deliverance, commanding the storm to be still, multiplication of bread and fish… Such wisdom of God was never spoken by any person before or since and such works or miracles were never done by any person before or since to prove His deity, His mission on earth and His plan for man. We too need to be imitators of Jesus in word and deed.

Prateep V Philip

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