Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jesus the Faithful Witness

Deuteronomy 16:2-7
2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. 6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

Revelation 1:5
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,

Matthew 21:42-45
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. 45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Revelation 3:14-16
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995 . Logos Research Systems, Inc.: Oak Harbor, WA)

God's intention is that in His kingdom, all sin be removed from the community. God is holy, and the camp is to be clean because He wants to dwell among men (Deuteronomy 23:14; Revelation 21:3, 8; 22:14-15).

God's Law concerning witnesses is that the witnesses are to bring to the place of judgment the sinner. After the due process of the Law, if it be established, on the basis of at least two or three witnesses, that the sinner has done wickedly, then the sinner is to be removed from the community by stoning. The faithful witnesses are to cast the first stone, and then the whole community is to follow with their condemnation of the sinner.

Jesus Christ is declared to be the Faithful Witness. He is the stone who was rejected by the initial builders of the Kingdom of God, on earth and in time. These builders failed to fulfill their Kingdom function, and eventually were ground to powder, in AD 70, by the Stone that fell on them. Jesus also continues to be the Faithful Witness, and continues to fall upon all those who have been entrusted with His Kingdom work, but who prove to be without saltiness (Matthew 5;13; Revelation 3:16).

On the other hand, when God's people fall upon the Stone in brokenness and repentance, the cross removes the sinner, and a saint is born from above. Hence the sin is removed from the community, and God dwells amongst His holy people.

If the People of God are not faithful in applying the Law of the witness, there is One who is faithful, and either by conversion or by judgement, He shall wipe sinners from the face of the earth (Deutreronomy 16:15).

Jesus Christ is the Faithful Witness. If we will not fall on Him, He will fall on us, crush us, and vomit us out of His sight, remove the lampstand from the church, allow us to be trodden under the feet of men - counted as irrelevent or the enemy of the State. We must come to Him as the Living stone and fall upon Him in brokenness and humility, acknowledging our sinful nature, repenting of our multitudinous sins, and declaring our need for a Holy Saviour to save us from Satan, sin and self-centredness, to lead us into a new lifestyle of obedience to His revealed Law-Word.

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