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How To Become A Powerful Witness Of Jesus Christ

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In his last words before he ascended, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witness, telling people about me everywhere (Acts 1:8). In this article I share some key elements on what it means to be a witness of Jesus Christ as derived from the scripters in the book of Acts when the Church was formed.

1. What it Means to Be A Witness Of Jesus Christ

Being a witness involves two primary senses: hearing and seeing. Information witnessed firsthand becomes an undeniable personal truth. When a witness is summoned by a court judge, they are required to recount what they saw and heard, which serves as the foundation of truth.

Likewise, as we hear to the word of God and see the transformative impact of invoking the name of Jesus Christ in our lives, we naturally become His witnesses. Consequently, we share with everyone we meet the experiences and teachings that have shaped our faith.

2. What You Need To Become A Witness Of Jesus Christ

We need to have the Holy Spirit to become true witnesses. The introductory verse explains that when the Holy Spirit comes, only then do we become witnesses of Jesus Christ. This is true in Acts 2:33, “The Father gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear”. Whenever the Holy Spirit comes, he engages our sense of hearing and our sense of seeing. This was evident in both cases when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus and on the day of Pentecost as referenced in the scriptures below

2.1 The Sense of Seeing

  • And what looked like flames of tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them (Acts 2:3)
  • After his baptism, as Jesus came out of the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him (Matthew 3:16)

2.2 The Sense of Hearing

  • Suddenly there was a sound from heaven like a roaring of a mighty windstorm (Acts 2:2)
  • A voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly beloved Son who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 3:17)

3. What To Do As A Witness Of Jesus Christ

After receiving the Holy Spirit and His power, one needs to declare the good things they have seen and heard to man and praise God. Every time there was a miraculous act that occurred, people praised God with great joy and gratitude. Thus, testifying to man and praising God characterizes being a witness of Jesus Christ:

3.1 Testify To Man

Peter and John when being confronted for healing the crippled beggar said in Acts 4:20, “We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” 1 John 1:3 also reads, “we proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may fellowship with us”. This is what it means to give a testimony, recounting what one has seen and heard to other man regarding the power and glory of Jesus Christ.

When Stephen was confronting the council members in Acts 7:55 records that he saw the glory of God and he saw Jesus standing at God’s right hand. Even at his impending death, he was a witness by telling people what he saw in Acts 7:56.

These men all spoke with power, Stephen was described as a man filled with Gods grace and power, able to perform miracles and signs among the people. So was the rest of the apostles, who performed miraculous signs by the powerful Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

3.2 Praise God

Every miraculous act done by the power of God and in Jesus’ Name followed an act of joyous praise. The miracle receiver and the witnesses of the miracle give God praise.

When the crippled beggar received his healing he began walking, leaping and praising God (Acts 3:8). Other people became a witness of God’s miraculous power as they saw him waking and heard him praising God (Acts 3:9). Shortly thereafter, everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign – the healing of a man who had been lame for 40 years (Acts 4:21-22).

Hebrews 13:15 supports that we should continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge God.

4. How Man Refuse To Become A Witness

To refuse to become a witness of Christ means to not engage the sense of hearing the word of God and of seeing the manifestation of God’s power. Stephen shouted, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!” (Acts 7:56).

The council members placed hands on their ears and began shouting, thus disengaging their sense of hearing to become witnesses of what Stephen saw. This was they method of refusing to hear the testimony of God’s man. Man were created to praise God, his miraculous deeds not only aim to save the individual but to garner praise because all praises belong to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5. Final Remarks

  • Believers in Christ are called to live a life testifying the miraculous works of God that we see and hear.
  • God receives praises and worship when his marvelous works are recounted by witnesses.
  • A life being led by the Holy Spirit is never devoid of signs and wonders, because He is the power of God living in us and capable of many great things.

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