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Witnesses of the Resurrection

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The NT identifies a variety of witnesses to Jesus Christ, who confirm his identity and importance. It also stresses the importance of believers bearing witness to Christ in the world.

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The witness of the OT

Acts 26:22–23 NIV
But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
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The witness of John the Baptist

John 1:6–8 NIV
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
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The witness of the Holy Spirit

John 15:26 NIV
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
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The witness of the Father

John 8:18 NIV
I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
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The witness of Jesus Christ to himself

John 5:36 NIV
“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me.
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The witness of Jesus Christ’s miracles

John 14:11 NIV
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
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The witness of the first Christians

Commissioned by Jesus Christ

Acts 1:8 NIV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The cost of being a witness to Jesus Christ:

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The commissioning of Paul:

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The witness of converts

1 Peter 3:15–16 NIV
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
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