In a court, the testimony of a credible witness can determine the outcome of a case. A credible witness can…

A Faithful Witness: The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

by Mike Bickle
8/25/14 Teaching

In a court, the testimony of a credible witness can determine the outcome of a case. A credible witness can turn a case in the same way a hinge turns a door. A trial can hinge on the testimony of one.

Revelation 1:5 refers to Jesus as “the faithful witness.”  To His disciples, He identifies Himself as “the truth” in John 14:6.

At all times, Jesus told the truth about God, and He told the truth about man.

“If anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” (Jn. 12:44–50)

Jesus spoke truths that brought conviction and truths that brought encouragement. Many times there’s an aversion within us to truth, particularly to hearing the truth about man. Despite that aversion, Jesus fervently told the truth about culture and the end times. We must do the same.

In the cultural wars that are happening right now, things are beginning to escalate. Even good men and women of God are backing away from telling the truth about God. Some say, “Well, it is the same god in every religion, leading to the same place.”

No, beloved, it is not! The God of Israel—the God of the Lord Jesus—is not the same god of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. That is a complete lie.

Just as we must tell the truth about who God is, we must also be truthful when we speak about the end of this age.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim. 3:1–5)

Beloved, I have come to believe that being a faithful witness is the most challenging part of the Book that we are mandated to imitate. The day is coming—in fact the day is already here—when it is going to become  uncomfortable to tell the truth about culture, about sexuality, about marriage, about hell, about the only one way of salvation, and about the nations. It is going to be extremely costly to tell the truth in that day, but He requires that we do.

We see Jesus walk out this same principle. Even though it cost Him His life, He told the truth about Israel. Not only did Israel not like what Jesus said about Israel, but the Gentiles did not appreciate what He said about Israel either. Most people, Jew or Gentile, believer or unbeliever, do not like what Jesus says about Israel. But He has told us the truth.

Like Jesus, I want to be a person who lines up with the truth. Jesus is “the truth” (Jn. 14:6), and boldly speaking truth helped lead Him to His death.

Jesus wasn’t crucified because He performed miracles; it was because His miracles drew attention to what He was teaching. He was killed because He told the truth. It was what He said that got Him killed.

Jesus is the faithful witness. He testified of the truth and all that is to come.

Beloved, will you?

 

Learn more about being a faithful witness of the truth:
 “Speak Boldly: Being a Faithful Witness” »
“Jesus: The Faithful Witness, Firstborn, and Ruler” »

Mike Bickle

position

  • Director, IHOPKC
  • President, IHOPU

Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools.

Mike is the author of several books, including Growing in Prayer, Passion for Jesus, God’s Answer to the Growing CrisisGrowing in the Prophetic, and Prayers to Strengthen Your Inner Man. Mike’s teaching emphasizes growing in passion for Jesus through intimacy with God, doing evangelism and missions work from the place of night-and-day prayer, and the end times. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two married sons and five grandchildren.

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