The word “witnesses” in Luke 24:48 is a very interesting word. It is a ‘nominative verb’ which means that the person is taking on all the qualities and characteristics of someone who fully represents the message they are proclaiming. This is both challenging and exciting! It is challenging because we must examine our lives to see if we are blurring the message by the way we live, what we say and how we say it.
In another way, being a witness for Christ and His message of the gospel is very exciting. Going back to Acts 1:8, Jesus again clarifies how we will become effective witnesses for Him. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.” Our witness is only effective if we are speaking and presenting the message of the gospel under the direction, control and power of the Holy Spirit.
The proof of this principle is clearly seen on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon those who were gathered and waiting for Him to fill them with His power (Acts 2:1-4, 4:8,31; 9:17; 13:9, 52). This becomes the normal way to witness for and about Jesus. Even though Simon believed and was baptized, he tried to buy this power with money (8:14-24) and was rightly rebuked by Peter. Any attempt to do the work of God with human means is “wicked” and must be repented of immediately.
God wants your witness pure and free from any taint of human effort that is not under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit. Will you let God purify your life today and make your witness clearly a powerful representation of Christ and His message of saving grace to a lost world?
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