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Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
By the word of their testimony… by the utterance of their testimony…
With all the new doctrines that are in the church I see some differences to what is meant by “the word of their testimony”. I hear testimonies like, “the Lord gave me $100.00 dollars”; “the Lord gave me a house”; etc… Don’t get me wrong the Lord does bless us with things, but this is not the testimony that is spoken of here.
The reason I am writing this is because there are many people coming to church and hearing messages about God’s blessings and not about Jesus and what He did at the Cross. When people hear the other message they only look for the blessings of God and that does not produce change in their lives. But when one hears the message of the Cross, their lives are truly changed. It is only the Blood of Jesus that saves, not the things.
What if those things were gone. What if you don’t have a house to live in? What is your testimony then? What if you had to live in your car? What if you lost it all? What if you were like those in Heb. 11:36-39 …And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise… then what would your testimony be?
People need to hear about Jesus, the Blood, the redemption of Christ, and all that Jesus did. I am not saying that it is wrong to share when God blesses you. But to be an over comer we need to testify personally to what the word of God says about what the Blood of Jesus has done. The work of Jesus at the Cross.
Our testimony is that of redemption through the blood of Jesus, the new life, the new nature that we have in Him. So, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the testimony of that redemption, we overcome Satan. We have victory over Satan through the blood of Jesus Christ. The fact that we have been redeemed, purchased. “I am a debtor,” Paul said, “not to live any longer after the flesh, not to the flesh to live after it, but to the Spirit.” “Know ye not that you are a temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you. You have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and Spirit which are His. You are not your own. You have been bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19). The old nature, the old life was worthless. It is dead. We count it dead. We reckon it to be dead that we might live this new life after Christ in the Spirit.
Their testimony evinced their victory over him by virtue of the blood of the Lamb. Hereby they confess themselves worshippers of the slain Lamb. We testify that we are redeemed by the blood. Many talk about God and even bring Him into their sins. But it is by the Blood that we are redeemed and that is our testimony.
Matthew Henry: By the word of their testimony, as the great instrument of war, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,—by a resolute powerful preaching of the everlasting gospel, which is mighty, through God, to pull down strongholds,—and by their courage and patience in sufferings; they loved not their lives unto the death, when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ; they loved not their lives so well but they could give them up to death, could lay them down in Christ’s cause; their love to their own lives was overcome by stronger affections of another nature; and this their courage and zeal helped to confound their enemies, to convince many of the spectators, to confirm the souls of the faithful, and so contributed greatly to this victory.
Our testimony a great instrument of war, WOW. Notice “by a resolute powerful preaching of the everlasting gospel”, not by testifying about the house, car, things, you receive, But by the preaching of the “Everlasting Gospel”.
…when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ, they would rather die than give up Christ. You can put anything in that place: “when the love of _________…” you fill in the blank. If the love of anything stands in competition to your loyalty to Christ, you must give it up. Is it a job? Is it money? Is it your family? Our testimony must stay “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. Anyone or anything that would try to change that must go.
Our testimony must be about Jesus and what He did! This is the true Gospel. Not the “gospel of self”, “gospel of _______” you fill in the blank. Their is a push to get Jesus and the Blood out of our testimony. It is OK to talk about God. It is OK to share messages about love, as long as it does not have Jesus and the blood in it. It is OK to pray as long as it is not in Jesus name.
Oh help us Lord to never compromise. Let us always say: “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus”.