"I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and I am God." (Isaiah 43:12 ESV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8 ESV)
It was the case in Isaiah’s day when his own nation—those who should have known better—wanted to attribute all the glory of past victories and deliverances to a multitude of gods. However, the Lord spoke through His prophet, “‘I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I am God’” (Isaiah 43:12 ESV). God was calling His people to man-up, to be honest and tell the world the truth about their Redeemer so it too would one day come to know Him. But they didn’t. The Jews were bought out—on the hook with lesser gods who were really no gods at all, and they failed to provide an accurate testimony. And God’s holding them responsible for offering false testimony.
Today, anyone who is in Christ is in the same position. We see this in what Jesus Christ proclaimed just before His ascension. He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ESV).
It’s wrong of me to say that I was born into the right family or I kept myself out of trouble or I started out on the wrong side of the tracks, but was able with a “little help from God” to get my act straight. No, I must honestly admit, “I was a loser and outcast—a real bum. I was morally and spiritually bankrupt, and actually dead in my trespasses and sin. There was no hope and I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t have the good sense or power to pull myself up out of the sewer. I actually loved it there! But at just the right time Jesus drew me to Himself, He washed me and saved me without any help from myself. So as I take the witness stand, not in my own strenght but through the strength He provides, I testify that there is no other Savior and Redeemer EXCEPT Jesus. I will glory only in His cross!”
Anything less than this is providing a false, misleading or incomplete testimony.
“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ …” (Galatians 6:14 ESV).