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The Two Witnesses From Heaven

When Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, The Father spoke from heaven in Testimony of His Son - "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

"3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17 KJV)

The baptism of the Messiah (which symbolized His own, as a human, coming death and resurrection - see the Fact Finder question below to understand the true meaning and purpose of baptism) was the beginning of His witness of the Father. Before that time, the people of Israel did not know that God was a Father (something that millions of Christian-professing people today also in effect deny by saying that the Father was 'The God Of The Old Testament'). But it was God's Son that came to earth to witness and carry out His Father's Commands (see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') to prepare the way for God's yet-future coming (see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth).

"I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me"

The greatest opposition that the Messiah faced was from those who did not realize that God had created a Son i.e. "Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."

Stars Of Heaven

"8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

8:13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father?

Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. 8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come." (John 8:12-20 KJV)

Jesus' statement "Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning" was not merely about that time. He was referring to all time.

"8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

8:25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou?

And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him." (John 8:23-30 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the significance and purpose of baptism?
See Baptism; also Baptism Of Fire


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