Testimony confirms Christ’s divinity

Friday June 17, 2016 Written by Published in Church Talk
Jesus washes the apostles’ feet in an illustration of a well-known story from the Bible. 16061535 Jesus washes the apostles’ feet in an illustration of a well-known story from the Bible. 16061535

Testimony-bearing among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a person’s verbal or written expression of what he or she knows to be true concerning the divinity of Jesus Christ, the restoration of the fulness of his gospel in our time, and the blessings that come from living the gospel and its principles.

 

By divine mandate, bearing testimony is to be done “in the name of Jesus Christ, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things” (D&C 100:7). Latter-day Saints often bear testimony when teaching in church services, when explaining gospel principles to members of other faiths, and in the fast and testimony meeting held the first Sunday of the month, in each congregation.

A testimony is a personal expression or a witness of the truth, normally relating to a set of principles or doctrines or beliefs that have influenced that individual for good. Spiritually a testimony of these truths helps the individual to remain firm in their faith and devoted to their beliefs.

The bearing of one’s testimony can indicate the knowledge you have acquired, your belief and your faith in the truth you have come to know. A testimony is something that grows in strength as you learn and live the gospel, and will increase your faith in the Saviour Jesus Christ and His teachings.  

To illustrate the power and the effectiveness of a testimony, I would like to share the following collective testimony of, The Quorum of The Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in relation to the question, Who is Jesus Christ?

The Apostle Elder Neil L Andersen who visited the Cook Islands recently is a member of that quorum.

Who is Jesus Christ?

He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).

Though sinless, He was baptised to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead.

He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.

He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.

We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.

He rose from the grave to “become the first fruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America.

In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10).

Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

“I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:3–4).

Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father.

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).

We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of . . . apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).

We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

I would like to add my personal testimony to that of the brethren, that all what they have expressed is true and that this knowledge has come to me through my own learning and study of the word of God, and through fervent prayer and striving to live the gospel the best I can.

The Holy Ghost has impressed upon my heart and strengthened and fortified my faith in God and has borne witness to me through a burning in my bosom, that God is real and that His Son Jesus Christ is the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.

This testimony I bear to all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

                 John Mateara

The Church of Jesus Christ of

            Latter-day Saints  

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