Faithful Witnesses

What we need in seeking out two witnesses are faithful witnesses. Jezebel used false witnesses and got away with it. Proverbs has this to say.

Proverbs 14:5

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

This is the underlying idea in courtroom tactics when an attorney will attempt to undermine the character of a witness. Once the integrity of the witness is removed, their testimony can be discounted. The kind of witness we need to have is one whose integrity is unquestionable. Note these verses from John chapter 5.

6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

John 5:36-37

36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

John 8:17-18

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

181 am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

So the witness you need if you are to handle the Word properly is not a fallible human witness.

Romans 3:4

4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

1 Peter 4:11

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The witness you need if you are to handle the Word properly is the witness of the Spirit If the word being preached is not backed by the Spirit of God, it will not be mixed with faith in the listener. And therefore it will not do them any good.

Hebrews 4:2

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Could this be why so much preaching is ineffective?

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