In 2 Peter 1:18-19, Peter writes that “we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” He describes how he and the disciples witnessed significant events in the life of Christ, such as the Father declaring “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased” and they heard God from heaven when they were with Him on the holy mountain.
It may be asked of us as Christians, if we are “eyewitness” of what Christ is currently doing? Do you hear God for yourself? Can you testify first-hand as an “eyewitness” to what Christ is doing because you were "there" (present) and saw it happen? Many Christians are just second-hand reporters of things that they have heard from others or that they have read about in their bibles, just "second-hand peddlers" of bible information and not “eyewitnesses” of Christ Life as theirs.
How do you become an “eyewitness” of what Christ is doing? You must of course, first have receive Him as your indwelling life and then choose to participate with Him as your life. Then and only then are you an “eyewitness” of His activity though you. You can then give testimony to what you have witnessed or know, not just to what you have heard second-hand. You must experience Christ as your life to be an “eyewitness.” He must be present as your life and you must be "present," as a participant with His character through your behavior.
An “eyewitness” is not a second-hand account of something but an eyewitness is a person who has “seen-for-himself” an occurrence; especially: one who gives a report on what he or she has seen and experienced first-hand.
Peter admonished his readers that “you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place.” Peter was saying because they were eyewitnesses to what Christ had done, that his readers should pay attention, “until…” until what? “Until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts!” Did you hear that? Peter was admonishing his readers to become “eyewitnesses” for themselves.
When we become of aware of Christ’s Life as “our life,” we are no longer second-hand reporters, but “eyewitness” of what Christ is doing “in us, as us and through us!” Once "the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts, we are then first hand eyewitnesses of Christ!”
In 1 John 1:1 John gives us an “eyewitness” account of seeing the Incarnate Word of God, Jesus Christ. “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
John was a eyewitness in the Incarnate Word but encourages us to experience the "fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ for ourselves.
Paul asked the believers at Corinth, if they were aware of Christ's presence as their lives. Evidently it was not obvious they were Christian because there was no corresponding character expression. "Do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?" (II Corinthians 13:5). Had they understood their identity in Christ, they would have lived aware of His character being expressed through them and would have give "eyewitness" testimony.
It is God's will that each of us as Christians give evidence to His life. “God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
You Peter declared, you are “eyewitnesses of His majesty,” and so we ought to live like it, and begin to allow Christ to do His works through us, as eyewitnesses of Him!
Thursday, September 6, 2018