Why We Testify to Outsiders
When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father-the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father-he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
The apostles of Jesus were witnesses to the will of Jesus. They were with Jesus from the beginning and knew His word and observed His Life. They were able to give accurate accounts of His life and His truth. Jesus ensured his teaching would continue by selecting the apostles and sending them the Holy Spirit of truth.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why should I witness?”
First, Jesus commands us to witness to others. We must witness because we love the unsaved people of this world …if you don’t, you should. The most loving thing we can do for another person is to present the gospel to them in hopes of bringing them to salvation.
We witness to keep people out of hell. Hell is a terrifying place. It is eternal separation from God. Those who are not saved spend eternity in Hell. Witnessing is an attempt to keep people out of hell.
We witness because it pleases God and brings glory to His name.
We witness so people may find the fellowship of God.
I can think of no greater gift than salvation. It frees the sinner from sin, it delivers the lost from damnation, and it reveals the true and living God to those who don’t know Him.
Luke 15:10 states, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” The angels of heaven actually rejoice when anyone passes from judgment into salvation! Shouldn’t we as Christians rejoice in the same way? Shouldn’t we weep over the lost? Certainly! The salvation of others is the goal of our efforts. The love of God is our motive. I can think of nothing greater.