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Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on May 17, 2012 | Comments (0)


Pentecost John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; 15:26

"You also are to testify because you have been with me."

What are we to testify?

Transform your way of thinking by changing about what you read rationally to how you read spiritually.

The Rational testifies about what is happening.

The Spiritual testifies how to think in what is happening.

Rationally, everyone knows what the Spirit will testify. We testify what Jesus has told us about the Holy Spirit. He will testify on the behalf of Jesus. We are to testify because we have been with Him. He will guide us into all the truth. In his guidance, he will speak what comes to him from God. The Spirit will prophesy about events "to come". The Spirit will reveal the essential nature of God, and show Christ's essential nature and power. Whether the word comes from the Father, the Son, or the Spirit, it is the same.

How spiritually will we testify in the Spirit? It is the king with no clothes on. Every one thinks everyone else knows how the Holy Spirit will testify to us, how the Apostles and we are to testify about the Spirit. Jesus once said to Philip, "Have I been with you so long and you still don't get it?" Have we been with Jesus for so long and we still not get it?

How the Spirit will testify, along with the Apostles who have been with him as well as you and I who are with Him now, will be with grace. Go back to John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. ... full of grace and truth."

Jesus is with all of us. The Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh. Acts 2:17 Spiritually, we testify of grace when we are with Jesus. However, we can not testify to the grace of Jesus when we are not with him in the grace. To testify is the same as to witness, which is an eye witness report. We cannot give someone something we do not have. What we have to testify is the difference it makes when we are with His grace or without His grace. What is the answer to the question, "How do you testify to others to be in the Spirit?"

 


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