Witnesses for Christ aren’t event spectators;
No, no; they’re those who face execution—the
Courts of public opinions’ unjustified verdict
For bearing TESTIMONY to the Truth.
Highlighting Christ-like character, power, authority, while
Downplaying reputation, fame, possessions, money, life;
They soon enter their Bermuda Triangle of
Cross-currents that secular judgments generate,
Indomitably ever choosing loyalty to the Lord over
Conforming to worldly paradigms, yardsticks,
Morals, rules, beliefs; of any kind.
God most assuredly secured their Faith’s TESTIMONY,
Confirming as well the ultimate intent for
Their Witness; that being, First Fruits raised saints’ TESTIMONY
Continually resonating within earthbound Age of Grace
Saved through Faith believers in Christ, so as to
Uplift Testifiers striving to show same perseverance;
Encouraging steadfast, immovable, and abundant
Excellence—meritorious service exemplified by cloud of witnesses who
Spur on centuries of Christ followers, inspiring them to excel
Required labor God’s call initiates.
What’s more, the Lord’s vineyard workers instantly
Learn mankind’s appellations attached to names
Are unnecessary titles; just more secular labels
Used to pressure conformity—compliant behavior
That promises acceptance, approval, adherence to
Ungodly, inferior standards current ruler established.
Only title that matters to Christ, the soon-to-be
King and Lord over entire Earth is
WITNESS—someone deprived of life because of
Being totally surrendered to the Lord;
WITNESS—universal identity vineyard workers share—
For Witness is Testifier; someone whose content
TESTIMONY is: Bought with a price;
Made Christ’s Own via His shed on the Cross
Whether witnesses in legal sense, historical sense or
Ethical sense, believers in Christ are called to
Be His Testifiers, who sooner or later prove their
Faith in the Gospel Message, and in Him Who is that
Nearly too-good-to-be-true Good News,
Through martyrdom, in all its forms.
TESTIMONY is a reasonable service;
Voluntarily and gratefully professing, confirming,
Bringing to light the knowledge of God and His Son,
As empowered by Holy Spirit, pleases God.
Testifiers boldly, firmly, faithfully, plus unadulteratedly
Speaking, teaching, thoroughly trusting God’s Word
Pleases Him immensely, too.
Christ’s Witnesses in return receive this distinction:
Earth and Heaven’s Overcomers (Conquerors),
Who, by the Lamb’s Blood and their devotedly
Spoken TESTIMONY, victoriously defy this
Sin-sick world’s threats to silence them by
Law, flogging, incarceration, or worse,
Jesus answered, Even if I do testify on My own behalf, My testimony is true and reliable and valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going;…. ~ John 8:14, AMP
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8, AMP
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2, AMP