WHOSE WITNESSES SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE?

maxresdefaultThe Watchtower 3/15/2013 p. 24 par. 2 – Honor Jehovah’s Great Name

“Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the other hand, are proud to bear God’s name and to glorify it.”

Acts 11:26 – “the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.”

Matthew 10:18 – “…for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations.”[JESUS]

Mark 13:9 – “…before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them.” [JESUS]

Luke 24:47, 48 “and on the basis of [JESUS] name, repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in all the nations… You are to be witnesses of these things”

Acts 1:8 – “You will be witnesses of me…” [JESUS]

John 1:15 – “John bore witness about him…” [JESUS]

John 5:37 – “the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me.” [JESUS]

John 8:18 – “the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” [JESUS]

John 15:26,27 – “…will bear witness about me; and YOU in turn, are to bear witness.” [JESUS]

Acts 4:17,18 – “…upon the basis of this name [Jesus] …. upon the basis of the name of Jesus.”

Acts 10:39 – “And we are witnesses of all the things he [Jesus] did…”

Acts 10:43 – “To him [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness…”

Acts 13:31 – “who are now his [Jesus’] witnesses to the people.”

Acts 22:15 – “because you are to be a witness for him [Jesus] to all men…”

Acts 22:20 – “……the blood of Stephen your [Jesus’] witness was being spilled…”

Acts 23:11 – “….. a thorough witness on the things about me in Jerusalem…” [JESUS]

Acts 26:16 -“I [Jesus]..choose you as an attendant and a witness…respecting me” [JESUS]

1 Corinthians 1:6 – “even as the witness about the Christ…”

Galatians 1:6-8 – “…if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to you as good news something beyond the good news [about Christ] we declared to you, let him be accursed.”

1 Tim. 2:6 – “..what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.”

2 Timothy 1:8 – “…of the witness about our Lord.. [Christ]”

1 John 5:9 – “the witness God gives…the fact that he has borne witness concerning his Son.”

Revelation 1:9 – “….for speaking about God and bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 3:8 – ….”and you kept my word and did not prove false to my name.” [JESUS]

Revelation 12:17 – “…and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 17:6 – “…and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.”

Revelation 19:10 -“…the work of witnessing to Jesus…. bearing witness to Jesus.”

Revelation 20:4 – “… for the witness they bore to Jesus.”

Note: 

Isa 43:10 “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares Jehovah” is a reminder about what God had done and will do.

  • Vs 1: God reminds them that he bought them and they belong to him. (Jacob and Israel)
  • Vs 2: God promises to protect them
  • Vs 3: God reminds them that Egypt was their ransom
  • Vs 4: God tells them they are precious in His eyes
  • Vs 5-7: God assures them of his continued being with them
  • Vs 8-9: Now, here’s the key: God issues a challenge to the nations and asks them to produce THEIR witnesses to see who is right: “Let all the nations assemble in one place…Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right…”
  • Vs 10: God then says to the Israelites, “YOU are my witnesses.”

This wasn’t about naming a group of people. This was about who is right and who is wrong. Who could produce witnesses for themselves that could truthfully claim to have been a saviour, protector, etc. This was God’s challenge to the nations, and He names the Israelites as HIS witnesses to that fact.

Then Isa 62:2 adds “The nations will see your righteousness, O woman, And all kings your glory. And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate.”

This was fulfilled in Acts 11:26 – “the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.”

 

 

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