Witnesses For Christ
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
You shall receive power,
Not you could receive power, but you will receive power
You shall be my witnesses, not you can be, not you might be, but you shall be my witnesses. And, From here to the ends of the earth.
God made it, we broke it, Jesus fixed it.
What did God make?
God’s original purpose is to make man for fellowship
The purpose of Genesis One - two describes God’s original purpose. then what happens when the enemy gets in is described in . G
is the story of God restoring his original purpose for humanity.
From that point on the bible focuses on one thing - that is the restoration of God’s original intention
For the sake of his name God didn’t destroy Israel in the wilderness ()
God saves men for his Name’s sake ()
Pharoah’s heart was hardened for the glory of God (; )
The beginning of the Israelite monarchy was about the glory of God ()
Solomon dedicated the temple for the glory of God ().
Israel became great and powerful among the nations because God was making himself a name ()
God did not destroy Israel when the deserved to be destroyed because he did not want his name blasphemed among the nations ()
God decided to destroy the Israelites because they would not lay it in their heart to give glory to his name. ()
Jesus’ life and ministry was about the glory of God (; )
The cross of Jesus is about the glory of God ()
You and I are saved to the praise of his glorious race ()
The Christian life is about the reflection of the glory of God off of our lives into the universe (; ; )
The second coming is about the consummation of the glory of God ()
The consummation of all things is that God might be praised ().
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2
“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.
“Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. “You are witnesses of these things. “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”” (, NASB95)