IS TRADITION SABOTAGING YOUR TESTIMONY? (Continued)
Scripture Reading: John 9
9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? How opened he thine eyes?
Brothers and sisters, proclaim your true testimony in its entirety until your understanding of Who Jesus Christ becomes full. This man went from delightfully proclaiming Jesus and all He had done to bowing in the face of tradition and unsure of whether Jesus was a sinner or not. What a weak testimony if all we can say is what happened but cannot declare Who did it and how! Has your testimony been watered down because "church folks" did not receive it or understand it? Notice the continuing pressure for the man to explain his miracle on their terms.
9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples?
9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
9:29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
No matter how much tradition intimidates, keep proclaiming your testimony. Every time they ask, proclaim it again and again. Do not get weary in well doing. The man asked whether they would also be Jesus’ disciples. Keep sharing the testimony until it is heard and see what happens. Make tradition give up, not us as believers. The Jews said they followed Moses. That is another way of saying they followed the law. Again, the law was given so man would know what sin was. No one between the first Adam and Christ had kept the whole law. Jesus Christ was the only man since the Fall to keep the whole law, and He fulfilled it.
Tradition wants you believe you can keep the law apart from Christ. The result is what we see so often in a form of godliness that denies the power thereof. Only as Christ lives in and through us are we able to keep the Law. Paul understood it well when he said he no longer lived but Christ lived through him. Remember, the law was not done away with but fulfilled in Christ. God still requires holiness. His love conquers all.