“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1 John 1:1-4.
I have spent a good part of my summer vacation from law school in the courtroom, not yet practicing as an attorney, but observing proceedings, hearings, and trials as an intern. One of the trials I was able to observe involved a man who was accused of witness intimidation in another case against him the court. He was trying to have the witness against him kidnapped so that she could not testify in court. If she did testify, her eye witness account of what he had done to her would surely convince a jury, causing him to spend a significant portion of his life in jail.
Witnesses are key to proving your case in court. And as I studied 1 John 1:1-4 last week, I see how important witnesses are even in the Great Controversy. The book of 1 John was written in part to combat some of the things that were being said at the end of the first century about Jesus that were not correct, ideas of gnosticism and such. John is establishing that he has the authority to speak, authority to say who Jesus really is because he has witnessed Him, he has experienced Him.
In this day, where people say that Jesus is a great teacher, a moral man, but not the Son of God, the importance for each child of God to have not just an intellectual knowledge of our Lord, but an experience of Him, so we can testify to who He really is.
In the reality that is the Great Controversy, God is on trial. He is on trial for not being the loving God that Scripture declares Him to be. The jury is still out for those who have not yet made a decision one way or another for Christ. As much as Jesus is our lawyer (1 John 2:1), representing us in our judgment before Heaven, we serve as an advocate, a respresentative for God’s character on this earth. Not just as representatives or lawyers defending Christ, but witnesses to what He has done personally in my life, and in yours.
People are misrepresenting the character of God to the eternal detriment of those who come in contact with the felonious argument. Can He get a witness to who He really is?