Sunday January 16 2022

TWO WITNESSES

Part Two – The Trinity                                                                    January 16 2022

Summary from part one presented last meeting.

There must be a minimum of two witnesses for all of the following events.

  • All public transactions
  • All legal documents
  • All inherited land transfers
  • All statements against an individual accused of iniquity or sin
  • All statements against any individual accused of murder
  • Required for the establishment of the exact moment of the appearance of the new moon for each Sabbath starting point.
  • In order to confirm the cure from leprosy
  • And all gatherings “in His name” in order to have confidence in learning the truth.

Now, on to part two. 

“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

If one comes declaring something then two witnesses can deflect un-truth, and three is so much stronger still.

  • We have seen that the “law of Two Witnesses” means that there must be two witnesses, minimum, to give testimony to truth.
  • So if two is the basic requirement then why the inclusion of a third?
  • Scripture informs us that two or three witnesses are always required.
  • If two is the minimum, why include the witness of a third?
  • The fascinating concept of ‘three’ is that it makes available the minimum requirement of “two” in a deeper way.
  • And this “deeper way” provides for a whole new level of unity.
  • If you have a gathering of 3 persons there will always be the minimum requirement of two, to bear witness of the third.
  • If Wilma and Betty and Wanda are in a gathering of three, Wilma and Betty can testify of Wanda; Betty and Wanda can testify of Wilma; and Wanda and Wilma can testify of Betty.
  • With three, there are always two available to meet the minimum requirement of two.

One of the amazing attributes of the Godhead is the fact of its singularity in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Here, in the essence of the Godhead are three witnesses. But, as critical, is the fact that with Three, there will constantly be, at any moment, any of the Two to bear witness to the Third!

The Epistle of 1st John gives us a clear understanding of this revelation. Let me quote 1 John 5:5-9 KJV.

“Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He that came by water and by blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record [witness] in heaven, the Father, the Word and the holy Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, the water and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of His Son. He that believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made Him a liar; because he believes not the record [witness] that God gave of His Son.”

Let me dissect somewhat this section of Scripture.

  • The words record and witness used here are the same Greek word.
  • This section of 1 John gives us the certainty of our salvation.
  • The foundational truth of our salvation is grounded and established by the three witnesses in heaven – the Father, the Word [Jesus] and the Spirit.
  • All three witnesses testify of the Son in that, all that believe in the Son overcome the world.
  • Notice also, there are two additional witnesses mentioned here, the water and the blood, referring to the water of the baptism of Jesus and the blood of the cross.
  • These both testify of the Son.
  • But I want us to focus upon the three witnesses in heaven that bear witness.

Here in ist John we have the statement of the establishment for the foundation of three witnesses; three to witness of absolute truth.

  • And by having three there will always be two available to witness of the third.
  • And, as well, the reality of the minimum requirement for Two to bear witness to establish Truth.

The Father and the Son bear witness to the Spirit; the Son and the Spirit bear witness to the Father, and the Father and the Spirit bear witness to the Son.

Within the Godhead, always, there are Two to bear witness of the Third.

For the present, accept the fact that the Three Persons of the Godhead are witnesses to the truth of the gospel.

Now that it is established that the Father, Son and the Spirit are witnesses let us expand upon my earlier statement that with three there are always present two to bear witness to the third.

Let’s see what Scripture has to say.

  1. Father and Spirit bearing witness of the Son.

At the baptism of Jesus, the Son, we read the following account in Matthew 3:16-17, also recorded in Mark 1:10 and John 1:32.

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he [John the Baptist] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” KJV

Can you attest to the “law of Two Witnesses” in this account?

The Father witnessing of the Son with the statement, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’

And the Spirit’s witness of the Son by descending upon Him as a dove.

Two members of the Godhead, Father and Spirit, witnessing as to the third member, the Son.

Three witnesses always available to provide two to give record of the third.

Another example showing the Father and Spirit testifying of the Son is given in Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35 and in 2 Peter 1:17 outlining the Transfiguration of Christ.

Consider Luke 9:28-36.

“And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter, John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. [notice, Jesus took three witnesses with him here] And as he prayed the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elijah: who appeared in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. [notice again two witnesses encouraging Jesus for what lay ahead in Jerusalem]. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they awoke, they saw his glory and the two men that stood with him.

While Peter was speaking, there came a cloud and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.’ And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of the things which they had seen.”  

Here are some examples of the “law of Two witnesses” but I want to focus on the witness of the Father and the Spirit concerning Jesus.

The cloud was a manifestation of the Spirit confirming His testimony of the Son and the Father likewise testifying of the Son with His statement, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.’

Do you recognize again the two bearing witness to the third here?

  1. The Spirit and the Son bearing witness of the Father.

Consider these few verses from John 6: 32,33,35,38.

“Then Jesus said unto them, Truly, truly I say unto you Moses did not give you that bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God [the Father] is he that comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world. And Jesus said unto them, ‘I am the bread of life: he that comes to me will never hunger, and he that believes on me will never thirst. For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.”

Again in John 9:4 we read,

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes when no man can work.”

Directly after this teaching Jesus heals the blind man by the power of the Spirit.

  • Jesus, The Word, testifies of the Father and the good works of the Father.
  • The Spirit gives Jesus the dunamis power to perform the Father’s works.
  • So we see the Son and the Spirit testifying, witnessing of the Father.
  • All of the works of the Son are empowered by the Spirit and give witness to the Father. The Two witnessing to the Third.
  • The above verses from John 6 tell us that it is the Father that gives the world the true bread of heaven – Jesus.
  • And the Son is testifying to the goodness and grace of the Father by identifying Himself as the True Bread from heaven.
  • The manna that was provided to Moses and the people gave life to them when their hunger was acute.
  • Now, the Son witnesses to the greater goodness of the Father by sending down the True Bread from heaven to give life everlasting!
  • And the Spirit seals this witness by following up this message by providing the dunamis power to heal the blind man.
  • Jesus says in John 9 given above that He must do the works of the Father.
  • So the Son testifies that it is the Father who designed and oversees the good works of Jesus under the witness of the Spirit who empowers such work.

Also, consider the discourse given in John 8: 17-29 select verses.

“It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bears witness of myself, and the Father that sent me bears witness of me. [here the Son and the Father bear witness to the “Law of Two Witnesses]

I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them. ‘When you have lifted up the Son of man, then will you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as what my Father has taught me, I speak these things.”

  • Again, here the Son is witnessing of the Father to the fact that the Father is true.
  1. The Son and the Father witness to the Spirit. John 7:37-39

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believes on me, as the Scriptures have said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.’ (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him would receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

  • The Son and the Father have testified of the Spirit.
  • The son speaking the words given him by the Father, concerning the Spirit.
  • Again in John 15:26 we have the testimony and witness of the Father and the Son of the Holy Spirit.

 “But when the Comforter is come, whom I send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he will testify of me.”

  • Not only are the Son and the Father witnessing of the Spirit here, but this verse implies that all Three testify or witness of each other.

Also from John 14:26 we read,

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Now, there are layers upon layers here concerning two witnesses.

But for now, recall what we said in John 8:17 which stated,

“It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.

Combine this with our 1 John 5:9 verse which said,

“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of His Son.”

So the many-fold testimony and witness of the Godhead should far exceed the witness of man.

  • Yet, the listeners did not believe the witness of God!
  • They choose instead to attempt to strike down the witness of God.

Listen to John 14:10.

“Believe not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me and does the works.”

Jesus, the Son, is testifying as to the Father’s work and His work through the Son.

Further to this point,

  • In another place in John, Jesus tells his listeners that the Father is at work and is working all the time.
  • The Father is doing the work through the Son by the power of the Spirit.
  • If we combine the above verse with another found in John 10:32 we find,

“Many good works have I shown you from the Father; for which of those works do you stone me?”

The world is always stoning those who witness to the truth of the gospel!

  • The people have rejected the witness of the works of the Father.
  • In fact, they rejected two witnesses other than the Father, Son and Spirit.
  • They rejected the Words of Jesus and the Works of Jesus!
  • Search the Scriptures for they speak of me He once said.
  • My words and my works testify of Me the Son said.

Summary of Part Two – the Trinity as Two or Three witnesses.

  • The Father, the Son and the Spirit comprise three true witnesses.
  • Each Two members are present to give true testimony as to the third member.
  • The works of Jesus the Son originate with the Father and are empowered by the Spirit and are manifested through the Son as a witness to the world.
  • The words of Scripture originate with the Father, are written by the Spirit and spoken of and through the Son to the world as a witness of truth.
  • Jesus’ words and His works, two witnesses, bear record of Who He truly is.
  • Moses and Elijah, two witnesses, bear testimony to Who Jesus is from upon the mount of Transfiguration.
  • Moses representing the law and Elijah representing the prophets – two witnesses to the truth of the Son.
  • Peter, John and James, three witnesses, accompanied Jesus upon the mount of Transfiguration to give witness to Who He is.

Throughout Scripture the “Law of Two Witnesses” is seen. And this “law” flows out from the Godhead, out from the Father, the Son and the Spirit and provides for us the certainty of Truth by the testimony of true Witnesses. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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