The Pruning

A Better Reporter

In James Lee on April 23, 2013 at 11:29 am
by James Lee
“And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”  -Acts 5:32

Peter and the apostles were saying this to the high priest council because they were arrested for preaching the name of Jesus Christ.  It makes sense that Peter would say that he was a witness because he was physically there to see Jesus die and resurrected and lifted up to heaven. This fueled Peter and the other apostles to boldly proclaim the name of Jesus Christ even if they had to suffer for it.  In fact, they even rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus.  I wonder, then, what if I had physically seen the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ with my own eyes.  And not just with my eyes but to also feel and experience those events and moments.  What if I were there to let my emotions hit me while I saw Jesus die, when I saw him alive afterwards, and while I saw him rise up in the clouds!  How impactful must that have been for Peter and the apostles as true witnesses of those real events.  
The amazing thing is that, according to this verse, the Holy Spirit is also a witness of all those things.  The Holy Spirit witnessed all these great events, and he also witnessed so much more than the life of Christ on earth.  The Holy Spirit witnessed the creation of earth; the Holy Spirit witnessed the community of Israel as God loved them and rebuked them. The Holy Spirit witnessed the birth of Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit witnessed the birth of the church; and the really amazing thing is that the Holy Spirit has been given to us. Those who have called upon the name of the Lord have received the greatest witness to Jesus Christ.
Peter’s personal witness of Jesus Christ impacted his life tremendously. How much more impactful will our lives be as we have received a better witness, an everlasting witness who is the Holy Spirit.  
We don’t need to have been there as a physical witness to be assured in our faith.  We have the Holy Spirit in us who affirms what is true and what really happened because he was actually there as a witness of Jesus, and he powerfully “reports” to our hearts the truth of Jesus Christ.
We can be sure of our faith, and we can be sure of Jesus Christ, and we can even be sure of the whole truth of the Bible because the Holy Spirit is the ultimate witness of everything recorded. He is the ultimate reporter of truth, and this Holy Spirit has been given to those who obey God.

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