THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3.13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
January 11, 2017
The Testimony of Jesus - Life
In the Greek text of scripture, the word maturia (G3141) means "evidence given" and is translated in English as
record , report , testimony , or witness . In 2016, I posted two issues dealing with setting the evidence. The day is
coming when the evidence of the enthroned Christ will be seen for all the nations to see. Check out these links:
Along these lines, through John the apostle, we discover the expressions the testimony of God and the testimony of
Jesus . All things start with God, so this is where we need to start.
For this is the testimony of God, that He has testified concerning His Son. He who is believing in the Son of God
has the testimony in himself; he who is not believing God has made Him a liar, for he has not believed in the
testimony which God has testified concerning His Son. And this is the testimony, that God gives us life eonian,
and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who has not the Son of God has not the life. (1 John
God's testimony is His Son. The one and only thing for which He wants to set the evidence for the world to see and
to know is His Son. God testifies that He gives mankind life eonian ( aionian , age-during, age-abiding life) in His Son.
There is no other life to the Father but the life of His Son, and He freely gives this life to those who have been freely
given the faith of the Son to believe in Him. This life is not eternal life, as many commentators would have us believe,
but life in the ages (eons , aions ) to come. It is the victorious life in the Body of Christ that will be the complement
of Christ the Head of His Body as He sums up or heads up all things in heaven and on earth in the ages to come until
all things are new and death is abolished.
For more on life eonian, check out these links: Eternal or Eonian?: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/art/art57.pdf
Eonian-Aionian Life: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc577.pdf
So, this is God's testimony about His Son, but what about Jesus' testimony? For this answer, we must consider John's
Patmos Revelation . After hearing of the wedding dinner of the Lambkin and seeing the one speaking to him, John
fell at the feet of the angel (messenger). To this, the angel said: "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and
your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
(Revelation 19.10 NASB).
John's natural reaction was to fall down before the angel as a sign of reverence or adoration, which is what the
word worship means. Rightfully, the angel directed John back to God who alone is to be worshipped. It is easy to
miss, but the angel joined the testimony of Jesus with worshipping God. What is the connection? Simply, Jesus came
to testify of His Father. His testimony was continually about His Father. "I have come in My Father's name" (John
5.43). "I and the Father who sent Me" (John 8.16). "I speak of the things I have seen with My Father" (John 8.38).
Jesus glorified His Father on earth and manifested His name to the ones given to Him (John 17.4, 6). Further, Jesus
Himself testified that an hour was coming and now is when all true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit
and truth (John 4.23). So, on one level, the testimony of Jesus is engrossed in glorifying and revealing the Father
and His will. However, the angel did not stop here but rather presented a second level that identifies the testimony
of Jesus with the spirit of prophecy.
The Testimony of Jesus
The entirety of The Revelation is prophecy and is properly titled The Revelation (or Unveiling ) of Jesus Christ . In
other words, at the very core of John's vision is Christ, the Son of God who is the Word of God , the King of kings , the
Lord of lords , and the Faithful and True Witness . The whole of The Revelation and, in fact, the whole of all God-
inspired scripture sets the evidence of God's Son. If prophecy, even that which speaks of times and events, does
not reveal Christ and set the evidence of who and what He is, then it is not prophecy from God. We could say that
the testimony of Jesus is the very heart of all prophecy.
As Peter wrote: But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (2
Peter 1.20-21). As one translation states this, the prophets did not think these things up on their own, but they
were guided by the Spirit of God (CEV).
As an aside, some groups emphasize prophecy and even teach their people how to prophesy. However, most of the
prophecies are related to individuals and things in their lives. A lot of it, if not most of it, is nothing more than
fortunetelling that completely leaves Christ out and entirely focuses on feeding the individual's soul.
Now, what is the testimony of Jesus? Many sayings could be cited that came forth from the mouth of Jesus, but
there is one at the beginning of The Revelation that goes right to the heart of His testimony. Fact is, this was the
first of the three times that John fell at the feet of someone. In Revelation 19.10 and 22.8, John fell at the feet of
an angel as a sign of worship, which he was told not to do. Each time, John was told to worship God. But the first
time, there was someone altogether different that caused him to fall as a dead man.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid;
I am the first [Alpha, A] and the last [Omega, Z], and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive
forevermore [ages of the ages], and I have the keys of death and of Hades [unseen]. (Revelation 1.17-18 NASB)
The One "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1.8) was standing before John who,
in that instant, could not contain himself in the presence of the One whom he had beheld in the flesh and upon
whose breast he had leaned, knowing Jesus loved him.
Herein lies the full depth of the testimony of Jesus. We don't have to make it doctrinally complex or systematize it.
Jesus' testimony is LIFE! It is His LIFE that encompasses, encapsulates, and envelopes ALL THINGS. His LIFE is
comprehensive, for it extends from A to Z, meaning ALL THINGS or, in the Greek, ta panta .
The great enemy of mankind is death in all its outward and subtle forms. But the good news is that the One who
was dead is now alive. He has defeated death and taken hold of its key. At the consummation of the eons, the last
enemy of the universe will be abolished, all to the glory of God. As Paul wrote: The last enemy that will be abolished
is death (1 Corinthians 15.26). Today, all around us and even within us is corruption. We have not put off our
corruption; this comes with the Presence of our Lord whom we wait for from heaven Who will transfigure the body
of our humiliation, to conform it to the body of His glory, in accord with the operation which enables Him even
to subject all [ ta panta ] to Himself (Philippians 3:21 CLV).
A day is coming when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where
is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law. This is the
testimony of Paul: But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians
This goes along with the complete, overwhelming victory we have in the One who loves us. We are more than
conquerors because Jesus is the Victor and He is the LIFE. He lives; we live. He is victorious; we are victorious. We
will be incorruptible because He is beyond death.
This is the testimony of Jesus. I AM the LIFE!