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Second Witnesses in Scripture

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June 19th, 2012 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A, Rightly Dividing, Rightly Dividing, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:


There is ONE author of Scripture who inspired all the writers to physically pen the words. It is the “Spirit of Christ”, “Inspiration of God” in them, from the beginning, Moses to the apostle John, who inspires it all. Thus the second witness can come from any part of Scripture as its all one author, one Word of God, manifesting in several chosen men. We may tend to use one scripture each from OT and NT, or mix up both depending on the hearers understanding, but doesn’t really matter, it’s ALL SCRIPTURE given from one shepherd.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and finisher of our FAITH; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Peter 1:10-11 Of which salvation the PROPHETS have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the SPIRIT OF CHRIST which was in them did SIGNIFY, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

2 Timothy 3:16 ALL scripture is given by INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Ecc 12:11 NKJV The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.

Everything in the new Testament is a revelation of the mystery hidden behind the letters of the Old Testament. That means that everything in the New Testament will have a witness in the Old Testament. There are also multiple witness in the New as well typically.

Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the
kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his
treasure things new and old.

The New Testament writers often refer to ” what is written”, which is a reference back to the Old Testament.

2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Act 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

Act 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Rom 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is
written.
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as
sheep for the slaughter.

The Apostles used the Old Testament to proclaim and defend their belief in Christ as the Messiah. Look at how Paul is reasoning in a synagogue of the Jews.

Act 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned
with them out of the scriptures,
Act 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from
the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

What the the Apostles are proclaiming is nothing new, it was just hidden for a time.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which
ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the
beginning.

Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in
few words,
Eph 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now
revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

This mystery was contained in the law, a shadow of what was to come.

Heb 10:1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year,
make those who approach perfect.

Col 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
Col 2:17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

God’s plan all along was to send Christ, so all of the Old Testament is foreshadowing that event.

The Apostles are given eyes to see behind the letters, but they are still subject to the scriptures themselves. They are only testifying to what they see in the Old Testament.

2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Everything in the New Testament is for the purpose of fulfilling the word of God, recorded in the Old Testament.

Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Mat 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord bythe prophet, saying

Joh 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the
scripture might be fulfilled
, saith, I thirst.

Here it is again said another say.

2Co 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus
Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Here are some second witnesses to the verse you asked about:

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said , Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Col 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

1Pe 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

The word “partiality” below is the same meaning as “respect of persons”.

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Here are some witnesses from the Old Testament:

Pro 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will
transgress.

Pro 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Deu 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that
is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

Ayo Fabiyi from London helped me a great deal with this response.

I hope this helps answers your question,

Mitch

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