The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; therefore we place a high value on declaring the great things God has done.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:1-4 (Also Exodus 16:32-35; 25: 21-22; 40:20-21; Numbers 17:8-10; Hebrews 9:4; Revelation 19:10)
Jesus was approached by a leper with a challenge: “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean!” This is the one place in scripture where the will of God concerning healing is addressed. Jesus spoke what his actions always demonstrated– He was willing! After touching him and commanding his healing, Jesus says something that may sound unusual to us– “But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” The priest who observed this healing was confronted with the testimony of a God who worked in the present, not just the past. In sending the leper, Jesus was employing both the law and a principle in this situation.
The law was that any leper who was healed is required to go to the priest for an examination according to the specifications laid out in it. If it was determined he was healed, the priest performed a purification ceremony to restore him to participation within the community. Jesus was commanding the leper to gain the proof required by law to restore him.
The principle Jesus was utilizing was that of the testimony. The testimonies are the witnesses to supernatural events where God manifests Himself. The leper’s healing testified to the priests of God’s power manifested through this Jesus. A testimony was a reminder of what God had done in order to inspire faith in what He wants to do again in lives at present. It was to be recorded and remembered as an inheritance blessing– a right to be claimed.
Throughout the Old Testament, the presence of God was seen to abide in what was called The Ark of the TESTIMONY. It contained the stone tablets, Aaron’s budding rod, and manna that God supernaturally fed them with for 40 years in a desolate desert. The Ark testified that the God who is present with them today is the one who performed the miracles of the past– AND HE CAN DO IT AGAIN! Likewise, the feasts of Israel testified of the miraculous events of its history where God acted supernaturally on their behalf (e.g. Passover, wilderness provision, etc.). As they observed them, it was a reminder that God was on hand to do it for them again.
In churches we have a practice, called testimonies, where we share the great things God has done for us– whether salvation, provision, healing, deliverance. It too is a reminder to the congregation that the God who acted on that believer’s life is available and willing to act again in others’ lives if they will believe and receive its message. Revelation 19:10 informs us that “the testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy.” These testimonies foretell what He will do again. Bill Johnson, who has led a revival of healing, signs and wonders has discovered that when a healing or miracle takes place, and he shares the testimony of it at a latter time, others who hear about it believe and are healed of similar sicknesses. The hearing of the testimony became an inheritance right that, if claimed by the hearers, could become their possession as a covenant member of the body as well!
This means we are to remember the testimonies. When we forget the testimonies, our faith wanes; and God’s ability to work in our circumstances becomes more remote to us. We should rehearse them… record them. We must also recount them, so that others can receive the benefit of their inheritance as a part of the body of Christ.
- Have you experienced a God of mighty works in your life? What are some highlights?
- Have you recorded them and shared them with others, or do you find yourself having to search your memory bank to recall them? Are you in danger of forgetting God?
- Have you heard a testimony from someone that represents what you would like to have in your own life? What did you do with it?
Declaration: As you pray today, make the following declaration…
I am a child of the God who has acted miraculously throughout history. Those events are my inheritance that I claim for my life today– when I need healing, deliverance, help, strength or power. I will record and rehearse God’s acts on my behalf continuously so that I will not forget Him. I am blessed to be a blessing! What I have freely received from God, I will freely give!