I often hear that I must have the testimony of Jesus. While I agree, the difficulty is that there always needs to be a more transparent and conclusive scriptural definition of what that is. Some incarnations include giving your testimony of how you came to Jesus or receiving the gift of prophecy. Unlike many people who are willing to accept statements regarding this critical subject without mangled scriptural proof, I am not one of them. This post intends to make crystal clear what the testimony of Jesus is.
A few days ago, I prayed to God, requesting clarity on what he needs from me. I asked when will he explain the mysteries which have eluded me and are vital for me to know. The answer came clearly in several references shortly after—not even a day, if my memory accurately serves.
The Testimony of Jesus
The religious doctrines floating around are comfortable and allow people to continue living as they want, but the truth requires change and modification of their lives according to God’s commands. However, the world does not stand by and allow the people to change away from what it desires but fights ferociously against them turning to God.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.Revelation 19:10
- This passage has been punctuationified (distorting the meaning with punctuation marks) alongside many distractions placed around this verse, which clearly states that the testimony of Jesus is to worship God, and only God unveils prophecy.
- Revelation 14:6-7 while this post is not intended to explain the gospel of Jesus, this passage also explains further the testimony of Jesus: The angel had the everlasting gospel to preach to the entire world, saying, fear (reverence) God, give glory to God and worship God who created this world.
While Jesus was in this world, he glorified God in everything he did and was his faithful witness unto death, keeping all his Father’s instructions (commands). Moses and Aaron were punished for not glorifying God at the water of Meribah—where they had the opportunity to sanctify and glorify God in the sight of the people. They had the chance to show the people who God is, what he stands for, his power, and overall sovereignty.
The War of the World
In Revelation 12:9-17 we see the dragon, Satan or the Devil, who deceived the whole world and came down from heaven with great wrath. What is often missed from this passage is who the dragon fights against:
The Woman: The servants of God
He made war with the remnant of her seed—those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Speaking from experience, not to make anyone afraid, but rather to give them the courage to know it is written that the servants of God will sacrifice their lives for God until death. Despite the world and every fibre of its being will fight against those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, these things give us life.
Those who love God will be separated from the world by their actions and beliefs. For those who are lukewarm, those who love religion and the world instead of God, serving this earthly kingdom deceived by Satan forfeits their opportunity given by God.
Those who wholly trust in God will relish in his strength and cannot be defeated even in death. The only way they can win is to get you to relinquish the testimony of Jesus and the commandments of God.