What is your testimony? “Who are you? What are you saying about yourself? ” We often get asked these questions, and we find the latter two being addressed to John the Baptist as well (John1:19-37). This account is dubbed altogether as his “testimony.”
What do the Scriptures say John the Baptist’s word of the testimony is? ” I am not the Christ. I am a voice of one shouting: ‘In the wilderness straighten the way of the Lord.’ Upon whomever you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One immersing in the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God! Behold the Lamb of God” (Fusion from John1:20, 23, 33, 34&36).
Please read the full account in John 1:1-37. Do you see it? John’s testimony is really not concerning him, is it? And yet, today in Christian circles, when we are asked about our testimony, we answer with a story heavy on our name and light on The Christ, the Lamb of God. Our testimonies are more about what we did, where we were, and what we were doing when we got saved, and little about “how we were saved.” We think the day and process we experienced toward belief is how that happened, and so we stress that out more than our salvation how actually came about.
We’ve been deceived into arrogantly thinking the words about ourselves are God’s prescription to overcoming the “accuser of our brethren” (Rev12:11); after all it’s called “the word of [our] testimony.” Sadly, and shamelessly missing the point, we are convinced that’s how we bring lost souls to The Lord, for to be saved.
Could we follow the Scriptures and emulate them? John the Baptist’s testimony clearly isn’t about himself, is it? And when we encounter other teachers (the apostles), what do we read and hear from them? Is it not Christ Jesus, Who He is, and what He has done, and is doing and will do? We see Jesus revealed as God and Man, The prophesied Messiah-Christ, Who died on a cross for the sins of the whole world, and physically rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended to heaven from whence He will return. We read that “everyone believing in Him” will “not perish, but” will “be having eternal life” (John3:16).
Based on all of that, what should be the “word of our testimony” then? It should be, in agreement with the rest of the Scriptures, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified, having been raised from the dead, of the seed of David” (Fusion from 1Cor2:1-2, 2Tim2:8). Our testimony is JESUS, because “there isn’t salvation in any other, for neither is there a different name under heaven, having been given among men, in which it is necessary for us to be saved” (Acts4:12). Brethren, my name, your names, our names are not the Name that causes demons to flee, heals diseases, raises the dead, saves the lost, is it? But “at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly beings and earthly beings and subterranean beings, and every tongue should publicly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians2:10-11).
So then, people of the Lord and God which He acquired through His own blood, let’s practice this truth accurately: our testimony is not about us, but about “One Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and we through Him” (1Cor8:6).
Benevolence and Peace.