CONFIRMATIONS FROM GOD
We all need and seek messages from the Lord to aid us in our daily lives. This is natural and good. Sometimes, we find direction in the Word of God, and that always should be our basis for any guidance from any other source. Sometimes, we hear God speak to us directly. Sometimes, confirmation then comes via prophetic words, words of knowledge, etc.
God shows that confirmations are part of His plan. We are to have them, we are to expect them, we are required to seek them.
Jesus came and showed many, many confirmations to His Person, and His message. Jesus came to bring us the ‘truth’ and His coming was desired by many, yet, how would they know Him to be Who He is?
I John 5:10
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath a WITNESS in himself. He that believeth not hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the RECORD that God gave of the His Son.”
God gave an inner witness of His message, and when Jesus came in His first coming, there was an inner witness that He is Who we know He is. Yet, for most, that was not enough. It was enough for Anna and Simeon, when Jesus was carried into the temple on the eighth day. But most of the people needed more confirmation than the inner witness. So, God gave a record of verification as to His Person.
The word ‘record’ is ‘marturia’ meaning ‘certification, confirmation.’ The record that God gave includes many confirmations.
We find that the shepherds heard the angels, saw the Christ-child, and took the message out to the communities as prophets to this message. Some heard, and were expectant from that time forth.
The wise men saw the star, grew excited, and came and found the baby Jesus. They then took that witness of their experience to the world.
Anna and Simeon waited at the temple in Jerusalem, and when they were shown the Christ-child, they rejoiced and prophesied, and the witness of Jesus’ first coming spread.
John the Baptist is said to have come ‘for a witness’ (John 1:7). His message was the ‘kingdom of heaven is at hand’. He proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. John pointed Jesus out as ‘the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world.” Then as John baptized Jesus, the Dove (Holy Spirit) came upon Jesus, and God’s voice boomed out of heaven, ‘This is My beloved Son...” So the witness to the fact of Jesus’ coming built.
Confirmation after confirmation came to assert and re-assert that the Messiah Savior had come.
When Jesus asked Peter, ‘Who do men say that I am..?”, Jesus was given a variety of answers, but then upon further questioning, Peter spoke via revelation from God, that ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ So, another confirmation was shown to the world.
Jesus showed the disciples ‘the things concerning Himself’, using ‘all the prophets’ writings.’ So, the Scriptural support for Him being the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, was shown to the disciples. This added a necessary confirmation to these disciples, and to all who would read those same passages of the former prophets.
The miracles in the ministry of Jesus were also confirmations to them and to us.
“But I have a greater witness than that of John, for the works that the Father shall give Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness that the Father hath sent Me.”
So, the miraculous healings, the feeding of thousands with a few loaves and fishes, the raising of some from the dead, the walking upon the water, etc. all showed forth confirmation that Jesus was truly the Sent One from God.
So, the world of that time had many confirmations that Jesus is the Son of God. God showed that His way, His plan for us to know His will, is going to be shown with many confirmations. Too many want to only have someone else tell them what to do. One source, that may or may not be correct. We are all fallible. Yet, when God sent Jesus, in His first coming, there were 333 details of Jesus’ first coming predicted in the Old Testament. The chances of one person fulfilling all those is one in 84 followed by 97 zeros. That type of confirmation is the way God wants to work.
And now, God is giving us further confirmations. To each of us personally, God gives an inner confirmation that Jesus is the Savior sent from God.
I John 5:10
“He that believeth on the Son of God, hath a witness in himself. He that believeth not hath made Him a liar, because He believeth not the record (marturion) that God gave of His Son.”
God speaks a witness into all of us. We can accept this witness, and further confirmation from God that Jesus is the only way to God, or we can call that inner witness a ‘lie’ and refuse to listen to that voice within all of us.
The word ‘record’ in I John 5:10 is from the Greek word ‘marturia’ referring to a ‘confirmation of witness’ that God gives.
I John 5:9 tells us that ‘If we received the witness of men, the witness of God is greater, for this is the witness of God taht He hath testified of His Son.”
So, all the previous confirmations may or may not shake sinful man to the realization and acceptance of Jesus as Savior. But, all those are not as great a confirmation as that inner voice within all mankind trying to tell us that Jesus is God’s Sent One, come to die for our sins, and to save us from destruction.
THE CONSCIENCE BEARS WITNESS, GIVES CONFIRMATION
The word ‘conscience’ is used by Christians, and by the non-Christians alike. It is undeniable that inside us is a voice that speaks. The world has tried to ‘un-deify that voice, but what conscience truly is, is an inner voice of God speaking to us messages that He wants us to know.
“Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing them witness and their thoughts.’
The Lord has written by His voice a message of what the ‘law’ is, upon every man’s heart and mind. Some accept it, some reject it, but it is written upon the minds of all. That inner witness results in what many call ‘conscience’.
The Greek word for ‘conscience’ in Romans 2:15 is ‘suneideisis’, meaning ‘to know together with’. It comes from two Greek words, ‘sun’ meaning ‘together’, and ‘eido’ meaning ‘to know.’ So, the ‘together’ part of the conscience, shows that it is meant to be our own feelings and thoughts working together with God’s speaking voice. The Holy Spirit of God speaks to all, informing us of the ‘commandments’ of the Lord, and working to get us to yield to those words.
“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not. My conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit not only speaks to our conscience that ‘law’ which is meant to direct us from that which would separate us from God, but the Spirit speaks through our ‘conscience’ that ‘truths’ of what we are doing being ‘truth’ and ‘good’, if it is. That inner voice of God, we often think of as a ‘conscience’ as the world thinks of ‘conscience’. Yet, the world’s concept of ‘conscience’ is far below what it is truly.
God speaks to all mankind, and even to the most wicked of this world, He speaks to their inner being.
“For that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath showed it unto them.”
So, for the ones spoken of there in Romans, (which are the ungodly, the unrighteous, and those who have taken the truth and knowing it, still have chosen to not stay in right standing with God), there is and was, an inner speaking voice of God attempting to direct them to salvation from sin.
“they knew God... glorified Him not, neither were thankful... their foolish heart was darkened.”
The ones who end up in hell, have had an inner witness, and yet, they chose not to glorify Him as God, and were not thankful for what He had done for them. Their ‘foolish heart’, which is their mind that made such stupid decision, is then ‘darkened’ to not realize any more the blessed revelations of Christ, and the need of that Savior for their salvation. In that darkness, they come to a ‘reprobate’ mind, twisted and ruined in thinking and understanding.
“Even as they did not retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind.”
The former revelations that were once in them, that would have been confirmation to the Christian gospel message when they would hear it from the church, were now darkened, twisted, perverted, and ruined by the sins and decisions they have made.
There is only one part of the ‘confirmations’ given to all of mankind that those with these reprobate minds... We find, that to the most wicked, there is one part of the inner revelations from God that is not removed by their sins.
“Who knowing the judgment of God and they who do such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
So, to even the most wicked, we can as ‘witnesses’ speak to that inner part left in them, and awaken that inner ‘confirmation’ of coming judgment. Knowing that trait of all mankind, even of the most wicked, gives the evangelists of the gospel, the tool they need to break into their ‘reprobate’ minds with a gospel message.
The Holy Spirit Speaks Constantly to Us.
The Holy Spirit speaks constantly to the ‘non-wicked’ as those. To the saints, He speaks forth many messages.
“... bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.”
So, all the saints, those redeemed by the blood of Jesus, have an inner voice of God, telling and confirming to us over and over that we are ‘children of God’ and redeemed into His family.
The same Holy Spirit then speaks forth inner words that guide us in the decisions of each day. These messages confirm, verify, and direct us.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
So, if we are in the family of God, if we are redeemed by Jesus’ sacrifice for us, then we have that inner direction. It comes from the Holy Spirit and directs us.
“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
The Spirit directs us with how to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. That direction frees us from the ‘law’, for those ‘laws’ are natural and easily followed when we are being led by the Spirit.
II Corinthians 1:22
“Who (God) hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (minds).”
God has given us the ‘earnest’, i.e. down payment for what we shall someday have, and that ‘down payment on our inheritance to come, is the Holy Spirit being inside our minds, giving aid and direction, speaking confirmations to us concerning every belief and message.
I Timothy 4:1
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.’
The Spirit’s voice is not the only voice speaking to mankind. The demons try to seduce us into thinking they are God’s voice to us. They will, if they can, lead us into false doctrines, and away from the faith.
We need to learn to follow the Spirit’s guidance and leadings. His confirmations to us of truth and direction, are being given. We need to confirm such voices to be sure they are of God, and not of the devils.
“Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak, for He will show you things to come.”
There are vital and needed words we need to hear from the Spirit. We need to discern His voice, and to heed the messages.
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear, what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
Some do not have ‘ears to hear’ and have become deaf to the voice of God. Yet, it is promised to all, even to the most wicked of sinners. So, why do we not discern it? Why have we gotten so far from being aware of His voice to our minds?
CONFIRMATIONS FROM OTHERS,
CAN BE SENT FROM GOD,
OR BE COUNTERFEIT, SO WE MUST BEWARE
We do need to be very aware of the counterfeit messages of the evil spirits, and the false teachings of false prophets who abound in these last days. So, God has given us some guidelines with which to test all messages and voices.
“...in the mouths of two or three witnesses, every word (rhema, meaning utterance of God, sometimes to our hearts, sometimes given through the Word, sometimes given through a messenger of God) may be established.’
The word ‘established’ is from the Greek word ‘histemi’ meaning ‘to abide, to stand, to continue, to covenant, to confirm’. So, we are to have 2 or 3 confirmations of all rhema words given. This means we can let the Lord send more than one messenger, we can search the Word of God for confirmation there that this is Godly direction, we can also find further speaking to our own minds from the Spirit to further define the message there.
“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established
(Hebrew = kuwn, meaning ‘set up’, ‘made to stand’, or ‘confirmed’).”
Therefore, we are to have confirmation in being guided along the paths of life. We are to seek and expect such confirmations.
“Every purpose is established by counsel.”
The counsel of the Lord is the most vital for us to find. Sometimes He uses messengers, teachers of the Word, words of knowledge by the saints, etc. in sharing His ‘counsel’ with us.
I Corinthians 14:29
“Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the other judge.”
A prophet is someone inspired of God to speak forth a message of God. The Bible is telling us that two or three should be confirming the messages that have already been spoken to the person by God. Then we should ‘judge’. This is the word ‘diakrino, in the Greek. It means to ‘discriminate, to discern between, to distinguish between controversies.’ So, we are responsible to verify the messages, and words of prophecy given to us.
I Corinthians 14:30-31
“If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let him first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy, one by one, that all may learn and all may be comforted.”
God sends multiple confirmations. If we desire such, He does not ‘upbraid’ us for such request. For He sends multiple confirmations, each in turn, if one will ‘hold’ their ‘peace’ till it is their turn, there can be many messages of confirmation. God is anxious to lead and guide us through His spoken messages.
God speaks first to us ourselves. If we are on speaking terms with Him, His Spirit is speaking His direction to lead and guide us. We may often want confirmation, especially on important decisions. He wants to, and will give many confirmations. We should seek and expect at least two or three. Yet, if we had ‘all’ give one, it would not be out of place.
God’s confirmations through others, are not to be taken as ‘direction’ but rather as confirmation of direction. Be sure, you are on speaking terms with God. Do not let your relationship with God cease, and then look for someone to tell you what God wants you to do. If you have to do it that way, you need to get on your knees and repent. When your relationship with God is right, you will hear directly from God, and prophets may confirm what you heard, but not give direction on things you have not already been told by God Himself.
There are some who would ‘make merchandise of you.’ There are some who would like to control and have lordship over you. They will seek to be your ‘source’ for what God wants you to know and to do. This is ungodly, and is spawned by the jezebel spirit that still actively seduces many to this kind of false ‘lordship’.
God honors when we test the ministry and persons who claim to be speaking God’s rhema.
To the church of Ephesus, Jesus said:
‘I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil, and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.”
There are times, that the army of prophets is joined in presence anyhow, with those who are ‘evil’ and not truly the ‘sent ones’ from God that they claim to be.
In such times, we are to ‘not bear them’. The word ‘bear’ is from the Greek word, bastazo’ meaning ‘removal’.
There are some things that are to be carried off, walked away from. There are doctrines, people who speak false or damaging things, threads on message boards, etc. that we should not ‘bear’.
The word ‘bastazo’ refers to supporting a burden, and is used sometimes to refer to picking up stones, to make the path clearer. It is also used metaphorically in the Bible to refer to a root bearing the branches (Romans 11:18). So, if we are not to ‘bear’ those with false doctrines, or evil in their words and beliefs, we are not to consider ourselves connected to the same Vine.
The verse (Rev. 2:2) also refers to ‘them that are evil’. The word ‘evil’ is ‘kakos’, and it is an adjective. It is used to describe the useless, incapable, and bad ways of some. They are evil in character, in ethics, and in manner. It is not so much speaking of causing ‘evil’ or pain, or trouble, but that their person is evil inside.
The passage (Rev. 2:2) refers to the fact that the Ephesian church had ‘tried them.’ The word ‘tried’ is from the Greek ‘peirazo’. This means to test, to assay, to pierce in order to determine the quality. It is the seeking of confirmation, or of denial of God on their authenticity.
It does not refer to a physical trial. Few prophets would stop for all to put them on trial, to make answer question after question. No, it refers to the trying of a person, and of their doctrines, by observing, listening, to their words, actions. Scrutinizing what flows out of their mouths, will be a good test of their validity.
The Word will either confirm or refute their message. The Holy Spirit will confirm or refute inwardly, and then lead us to the Scripture to verify what we have heard from Him.
Why did not God just give the Ephesians a ‘word of knowledge’ or ‘discernment of spirits’?
God sometimes wants us to learn to test and try a person by the Word, by prayer, by observation of their manner and message. Some never do such ‘trying’ and demand that God give discernment. God sometimes refuses to do the job for us, when it is unnecessary to do so. If simply testing and trying a persons manner and message will reveal their validity in the faith, or their falseness and evil, then God wants us to do it via such tests.
The passage (Rev. 2:2) mentions that in the Ephesian congregation there had some who would ‘say they are apostles, and are not.’ The word ‘apostle’ means ‘sent one’. Some claim to be sent of God with a mission, then and now, and yet are not truly on a mission for God.
The corrupt ones who seek fame, fortune, and position, and yet are not called of God to such mission, are to be detected and rejected.
Revelation 2:2 says that the Ephesian church ‘found them to be liars’. The word ‘liar’ is ‘pseudes’, and is not a noun, but an adjective. The word refers to some who were speaking lies. The word ‘pseudes’ is usually used with a noun, like ‘apostle’, ‘prophet’, ‘teacher’, etc. Yet, here it has no specific noun. It refers to persons who are speaking lies. So, those who speak false rhema, should be tested, and confirmation or refutation should be sought from the Lord.
We find many lies in the congregations of the day. Some claim to be told by God things that God would not have told them. The message is different from what the Bible teaches, and God does not contradict Himself. Some speak that God hates one group or another, and God loves even the sinners. Some try to interpret dreams using their own head knowledge and yet, claim to be ‘led of the Lord’ on it, and 20 interpretations from 20 people all hear a different interpretation from the Lord. At least 19 of them are lying, intentionally or unintentionally. We need to find the lies, rebuke the liars, avoid the evil ones and refuse to ‘bear’ them.