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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Witness, #3
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Revelation 22:16)
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [morning star], son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (Isaiah 14:12)
Physically the morning star is Venus, a bright planet. The problem is, there are two spiritual morning stars, two sons of the dawn. He who would come to know the Father and enter the true Kingdom of God must choose between the two morning stars. Meanwhile the Father remains hidden. Each of us is required to make his choice, to decide which of the two morning stars truly is reflecting the Person and will of the God of Heaven and earth (the Light whom no man can approach).
In Isaiah, the Spirit of Christ addresses Satan as a morning star, a herald of a new day. Satan convinced Eve his way was best, that he was bringing the true light, the true Kingdom of God, so to speak. But Satan failed to convince the Lord Jesus that worshiping him was the true way of life, the correct manner in which to gain everlasting fruitfulness and dominion.
Christ refers to Himself as the Bringer of the true Light, as the true and faithful Witness of the invisible God.
There are two morning stars that claim to be the heralds of the Day of God. Satan is a morning star. Our Lord and Savior Christ also is a morning star.
We understand the struggle for image, fruitfulness, and dominion is not a struggle of power, for Christ possesses all power, all authority in Heaven and on the earth. Rather, it is a struggle concerning light, concerning truth. Each creature must decide who is faithfully and truly revealing the morning of Divine Glory that is at hand.
Who today is truly portraying the invisible God? Are the Christian churches bearing a true and faithful witness of the Person and way of God? Are you bearing a true witness of God? Am I?
The Pharisees of Jesus' day were certain they were bearing a true witness of God. But they were, in fact, bearing Satan's witness. Satan was dwelling in them and giving his testimony, his light. He was bearing his witness in the works, words, and personalities of the teachers of the Law of Moses. These "bringers of the light of God" murdered the true Morning Star when He appeared.
Are we Christians of today bearing a true witness of God and of His Christ?
There are three ways in which each person bears witness of God and of the coming Kingdom of God: by what he does, by what he says, and by what he is.
To be continued.