17. A Testimony of Christian Victory! Psalm 31:21-24

Text:  “And they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”         
                                                                                                             Revelation 12:11.   
Good morning, testifying Christian!  You have been granted, by God’s free and Sovereign grace, a testimony of His Divine ability and willingness to save your never-dying soul from sin - and, praise God, you are faithfully using that testimony to tell other souls that there is Eternal Salvation to be found in the Cross of Christ Jesus.  You do well, beloved friend; you do very well.  Keep it up!  Never let anyone deter you from telling all who will listen to the story of how you were redeemed by the Blood of a living and risen Christ Jesus.  Praise and all glory to His Holy and Victorious Name!  Amen.

But, WHY are you a ‘testifying Christian'?  What is the Divinely inspired reason for such a ministry for Christ?  What is God’s Eternal purpose for such ‘testifying Christians'?  When we ask the vital questions, we will receive the vital answers.

Read/hear well God’s purpose for ‘testifying Christians’ - straight from His own inspired Word found in Romans chapter 10: - read slowly, and fully understand the importance of these next quoted verses of Holy Scripture.

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe on Him of Whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach , except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings (good news) of good things!…So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”     (Romans 10:13-17)

The whole purpose of a ‘testifying Christian’ is to make people hear the good news of Eternal Salvation from sin; found only through the finished Sacrifice of Christ Jesus on Calvary’s Cross, where He made the full Atonement Sacrifice for all the sins of ‘His people’, the true church international.

God’s elect souls will hear with their hearts, repent from their sins; and be Eternally saved and secured by Christ.  All others, ‘the reprobate’, will also hear, but only with their carnal ears, and continue on in their sins and rejection of Christ, until that terrible day of God’s Judgement when they will receive Eternal damnation.  That’s the Gospel!

“And ye shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:32)

“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

Verses twenty-one to twenty-four of Psalm 31 are a testimony of Christian Victory; given through faith in the Messiah Jesus Who would come and be revealed to ‘His people’, hundreds of years later in history.  David, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, was looking forward with God-given faith to the Ultimate Victory every true believer has in Christ Jesus.  In Christ Jesus, we are more than conquerors over every fear and foe.

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him (Christ Jesus) that loved us.  For I am persuaded (fully assured), that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature (including ourselves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:37-39)

Verse 21.  “Blessed be the Lord. When the Lord blesses us, we cannot but do less than bless Him in return.

Verse 22. “I said in my haste, I am cut off from before Thine eyes.  We generally speak amiss when we are in a hurry.  Hasty words are but for a moment on the tongue, but they often lie for years on the conscience.  Oh!  What love is due from us to Christ, that has pleaded for us when we ourselves had nothing to say!  That has brought us out of a den of lions, and from the jaws of the roaring lion!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 153)

“The goodness of God is unsearchable; how great is the excellency of His majesty, that yet He would look upon such a one as I; that He has given me peace that was full of terror, and walked continually as amidst fire and brimstone.”      (Timothy Rogers 1660-1729)

Verse 23.  “And plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  The next query is how God rewardeth the proud doer.  By way of retaliation - for Adonibezek that would be cutting off thumbs, had his thumbs cut off (Judges 1:7).  So the poor Jews that cried so loud, ‘Crucify Him, crucify Him,’ were so many of them crucified, that if you believe Josephus, there was not wood enough to make crosses nor in the usual place room enough to set up crosses when they were made.  Snares are made and pits are digged by the proud for themselves commonly, to which the Scriptures throughout gives abundant testimony.”  (Hugh Peters 1645)

Thought:  Verse 24.  “Be of good courage.  Christian courage may thus be described. It is the undaunted audacity of a sanctified heart in adventuring upon difficulties and undergoing hardships for a good cause upon the call of God.”  (Simeon Ash 1642)  Go forth and testify - your message is one of Christian Victory in Christ.  Hallelujah!

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