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Misused Bible Words #3. 1 Peter 4:11 “Speak as the oracles of God”. “Witnessing” / “Testifying”. Is this how the gospel of Christ is taught to the world today?. “Witnessing” / “Testifying”.

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misused bible words 3

Misused Bible Words #3

1 Peter 4:11

“Speak as the oracles of God”

witnessing testifying
“Witnessing” / “Testifying”

Is this how the gospel of Christ is taught to the world today?

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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”
  • Jesus To The Apostles, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; & you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, & in all Judea & Samaria, & to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”
  • The Greek word is martus
    • English: one who bears witness by his death. One who is willing to die for what he believes to be true.
    • Greek (the work Jesus used): denotes one who declares what he has seen or heard or knows (Vine’s).
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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”
  • The Greek word is martus
    • God – Rom 1:9; 2 Cor 1:23; Phil 1:8; 1 Thess 2:5,10
    • Christ – Rev 1:5; 3:14
    • 1st cent. saints who died for the faith – Acts 22:20; Rev 2:13; 17:6; cf. 11:3
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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”

“If Stephen & Antipas were ‘witnesses’ – why can’t we be…?

  • Both saw the apostles perform miracles.

Possessed a miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5, 8) – from an apostle.

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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”

“If Stephen & Antipas were ‘witnesses’ – why can’t we be…?

  • Both gave their lives for their eye-witness testimony.

In that way, they were like the apostles .

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“Witnessing” / “Testifying”

The Apostles were the “witnesses” Jesus identified (Acts 1:8)

  • Accompanied Jesus before & after His resurrection (Acts 1:21-22).
  • Chosen before by God (Acts 10:40-42).
  • Peter stated, “we are witnesses…” (Acts 2:32; 3:15; 10:39) – the apostles!

These verses apply to no one living today!

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“preaching” / “declaring”
  • Today, Jesus commands “preaching” to communicate His gospel (1 Cor 1:21).
  • We “declare” the gospel, we do not “witness for Christ” (1 Cor 15:1).
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“preaching” / “declaring”

Modern day so-called “witnessing” focuses on human experience.

Preaching or Declaring the gospel focuses on the authority of God.

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“preaching” / “declaring”

“We do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, & ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.”

(2 Cor 4:5)

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Make sure your choice of words suggest the meaning God intended.

fellowship, ministry, grace, saintmiraclewitness/testify.