As I was reading this morning in Mentoring for Missions by Gunter Krallmann I came across some interesting thoughts concerning the validity and effectiveness of our witness.
The author brings attention to “one of the pillars of Biblical law” which is the “multiple witness principle.”
For instance in Deut. 19:15 the Bible states, ” One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”
In other words a matter or case had to be established by the oral testimony of two or three witnessess.
This is an important principle in discipleship. Jesus emphasized the importance of the disciple’s witness. He let them know that their witness of Him would only be established when their own witness was combined with the witness of the Holy Spirit. Notice the verses below.
John 15:26,27 – “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.”
The author quotes a man by the name of Pelt as saying “…the effectiveness of the word of testimony is absolutely conditioned upon the operation of the Holy Spirit.”
Remember as you lead, guide, and disciple the importance of the Holy Spirit’s witness in and through the life of that believer. He/she needs to understand that his witness is only going to be effective as it is combined with the Holy Spirit’s witness. Your testimony ALONE will not convict the trespasser. That is why God has given the Holy Spirit to be a solid, undeniable witness that will stand and witness with you of the wonderful works of Jesus Christ!