CQ Plus July 20-26 2013

Witnessing for the Second Coming

Preface: “ ‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth’ ” (Acts 1:8, NKJV).

In Acts 1:8 we are told that we have to witness about Christ’s Second Coming to people all over the world. Yet many people question how we can do this. How can I, a single individual, witness to people all over the world? It is not necessary for us to witness all over the world. All we have to do is witness to those with whom we come in contact, and the Holy Spirit will touch their lives and influence them. Then these people will, in turn, influence others in an ever-expanding circle until the whole world is ready for the Second coming. So, how can we be witnesses to the Second coming?

1. We have to believe what we are witnessing about. This means that we have to live our lives as though we believe the second coming is imminent. We also have to expect people to be watching us all the time. We have to live as though our every movement is under scrutiny and speculation. As Peter says, we have to “live holy and godly lives” and “make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (2 Pet. 3:11, 14, NIV).

2. We have to witness as widely as possible. Everybody we come into contact with is a person whom we may influence. Thus our every word and action has the potential to be a witness to all people. We must also be prepared to step outside our circle of comfort and witness to everybody, not only those whom we are comfortable discussing religious matters with. This can be one of the hardest things to do, as it is much harder to witness to people we don’t know than to friends and neighbors.

REACT
1. How can you witness outside your circle of comfort?
2. Does one’s failure to witness affect literally the imminence of Christ’s Second Coming? Explain your answer.