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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Witness, #6
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. (John 7:18)
The Christian churches describe the testimony to the best of their ability. They give their opinion of what is true about God and Christ. Such a "testimony" is borrowed light and often is polluted by the flesh.
In some instances the Christian spokesman is seeking his own glory, not the glory of Him whom he is attempting to represent. He speaks in a manner designed to impress and gain favor with people. He bears a false witness because he does not reflect in his personality the Personality of God and he does not in his teaching convey accurately both the goodness and the severity of God.
He who is seeking to win people will speak what the people desire to hear. He bears a false witness. He who is seeking to please God will speak by the Spirit of God. He bears a true witness.
Christ has shed upon us the Holy Spirit so we can bear a true witness of His atoning death, His triumphant resurrection, and His soon coming to redeem His elect and to judge the works of people.
What Satan is can be seen in Antichrist. Antichrist is the personification of the self-will of people. People who are motivated by their self-will, their self-centeredness, are revealing in themselves the nature of Satan. Antichrist is the fulfillment, the supreme, climactic example, of man making himself God. Antichrist is the final result of the social and educational philosophies of the twentieth century.
The works of the flesh, such as fornication, murder, and greed, are Satan's imitation of the Person and work of God. Religious delusion, the attempt to move in the spirit realm apart from the Holy Spirit, apart from the cross of the Lord Jesus or the personal cross of the believer, is Satan's imitation of the Holy Spirit of God. Man's self-centeredness, self-seeking, self-love, self-will, are Satan's imitation of Christ.
Both in the world and in the Christian churches can be found the false witness of the hidden, invisible God, the false herald of the dawn, the false morning star. The false witness of God consists of the works of our sinful flesh, religious delusion, and self-centeredness. The character and behavior of the large nations of today are Satan's witness of what is true, what is desirable, what leads to glory, to peace, to joy.
There is only one Person who truly knows the hidden, invisible God, who sees Him, who is able to reveal Him, who is the faithful and true witness of who God is, what God is working, what God is saying. Every other person is a liar and is seeking his own glory.
Christ, and Christ alone, is the true and faithful Witness of the invisible God. Christ alone is able to truly portray the works, the words, and the Person of the invisible God.
To be continued.