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afraid; for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall we draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12: 2).
The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ should know that he is saved and hath an eternal life now. Without knowing this he cannot have that joy and peace which come with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He cannot bear proper testimony for Christ, and cannot bring others to Him to be saved. “Whosever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” * * * that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record, that God gave of His Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us: eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5: 1, 10).
“ He WITNESSES FOR CHRIST.
The first cry of the new-born infant is generally of distress; the first exclamation of the child of God is of joy. This was the case with the Ethiopian eunuch and of the jailer at Philippi, Acts 8: 39; 16: 34. As he grows in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, he will continually rejoice; even in trials and tribulations. “Rejoicing that they were worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5: 41).
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation” (Rom. 12: 12). “As sorrowful yet always rejoicing" (II Cor. 6: 10; Heb. 3:6). He also begins to bear witness for Christ: and to spread the knowledge of Him and His salvation; trying thus to save others. The Lord Jesus directs them to do this. “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matt. 28: 19). “Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, even so sent I them into the world” (John 17: 17).
The children of God need no injunctions to this. They are moved by gratitude and love, as well as by His spirit. Thus we find, that those cured by Jesus could not be restrained from showing their joy, and testifying what Jesus had done for them. The leper cleansed, “went out, and began to publish it much and to blase abroad the matter" (Mark 1: 45). The two blind men whose eyes Jesus opened, "when they were departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country" (Matt. 9: 31). The deaf man with an impediment in his speech, when his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, though charged to tell no man; "but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it" (Mark 7: 36). The woman healed of her infirmity, "immediately she was made straight, and glorified God" (Luke 13: 13). The man born blind, whose eyes Jesus anointed, said, "I went and washed and I received my sight.” “One thing I know that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (John 9: 11, 25).
The saved will bear testimony for Jesus in Heaven; “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:5).
The saved will also try to bring others to Jesus. John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1: 29). Andrew "first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ" (John 1: 41). Philip findeth Nathaniel, and said unto him, we have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth" (John 1: 45). The disciples scattered abroad, by the persecution of the church, after the stoning of Stephen,
went everywhere preaching the Word.” “And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord” (Acts 8: 4; 11: 19). These were not duly appointed ministers, or missionaries; but believers scattered by persecution; and wherever they went they talked about the glad tid. ings of Christ; and the Lord was with them: and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord.
Before His ascension Jesus told his disciples, “Ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both at Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1: 8). Every child of God is a witness for Christ, wherever he may
He is not only so by talking of Christ, and telling men the Gospel or glad tidings, but is in his life and conversation a living epistle, “known and read of all men; forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the head” (II Cor. 3: 2).
With Paul he will say, “ Christ shall •be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1: 20).