I wonder if this really is God’s call to each of us,
as the apostle Paul put it to “his son” Timothy:
And Paul gets even more emphatic, later on in this same paragraph to Timothy: “I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus … that you follow this commission faithfully” ~1 Timothy 6:13-14. It’s definitely a commission! a commission of divine origin, as is evident by Paul’s zeal.
In Timothy’s case, “the multitude of witnesses” may have been a company of people, for Paul himself laid hands on him and commissioned him ~2 Timothy 1:6; but it may also be “the great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 which follows immediately the “heroes of faith” -chapter, which are past saints – those who have passed on to glory but who are somehow present as witnesses.
For Paul instructed Timothy about his calling: Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses!
That’s something like we do, in church, in our prayer meetings and as oft as it happens, daily! – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! and laying our hands on, or taking hold of eternal life.
Could it be, that Timothy’s father in the faith was instructing him that this is his whole duty and honour in this, his lifetime? – to ‘lay hold of eternal life and celebrate through faith in God before the multitude of witnesses’.
We are called to “hold” eternal life, which is “a given” from anyone’s reading of John 17:3, Hebrews 7:16 cp. Romans 6:4. The power of an indestructible life such as Hebrews says is ours, through God’s gift to us by the resurrection ~Romans 6:4.
Also 1 John 2:17 makes it more plain: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever”. The term: ‘lives forever’, is equal to ‘lives eternally’ in the original Greek wording. Therefore, eternal life is here-and-now, a real and true ownership and possession of the believing one, life-long!
But the presence of heaven’s great cloud of witnesses, each one would have to decide on, through our experience in worship and through our ‘walking with Him in the garden’.
For has God or has He not, perfected our righteousness and sanctification? ~Romans 5:17 and ~Hebrews 10:14 as examples; so that we can walk with Him ‘in the garden’ as Adam and Eve did, pre sin? ~Genesis 2:8-15 cp. ~3:8. For it was the Lord’s habit to walk with His made-people, in the “breeze of the day”, in the garden in the evening.
Will we walk with the Lord by holding onto eternal life, walking in the presence of His heavenly witnesses? Has God called us to this, as our main ‘lifeline’ in this world? I believe so. For where else do we belong, since we are strangers and pilgrims in this world, but to heaven’s presence and to an everlasting life through our worshipful lifestyle?
In my eyes, we need to consider these things as now-time truth; if we are ever going to walk in them – eternal life and a presence of heavenly witness. For, wasn’t it Stephen the martyr in the early part of Acts, who ‘saw heaven open’? ~Acts 7:56 as though it was already there, but it only appeared to comfort him as he was being martyred.
While we’re here, throughout this pilgrimage, we fix our eyes on the things that are unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal ~2 Corinthians 4:18. Therefore, we have an enchanting “garden-walk” with Holy Spirit that captures our hearts with God’s will and heaven’s immediacy, where He captures our hearts with all goodness, love, mercy and truth so as we are enabled to walk upright, confident and ‘in command’.
Take a walk in His garden, won’t you. The apostle Paul says we’re called to it, by God! and that it’s our very life’s stay and stability, this stay of our now-time knowledge and walking in the way of Eternal Life, and our conviction of the Presence of Witnesses, whether natural or supernatural; as this coupling of our commission “here on earth as it is in heaven”.
Brian Simmons’ prophetic post as posted on Facebook on Wed. 18th Oct. 2017
The old order is quickly passing away
The season of change you have anticipated has now come, My child. It will be your love for Me that will see you through the most difficult of times. Disruptive revelation that brings the shocking truth to the media, to the government, and to My church—disruptive revelation that overturns the tables of religious profit—will bring about My righteous ways.
New mission strategies are coming to you in dreams and through prayer. Great understanding of My mysteries are coming to those who sit with Me on My blood-sprinkled love seat. The old order is quickly passing away, and a new breed is arising. They will be known as daybreakers and dawnmakers. They belong to Me and to Me alone. As My fiery servants, they accelerate the changes I am bringing to the earth. They will bring back My ways of holiness and passionate love.
Have I not called you to love with all of your heart and all of your passion? This is the day of all, not part, My child. You will see all of My love and all of My power at the disposal of those who have sought My face with all of their hearts.
The season of change has come, My child. You have heard it before, but know I declare it again: you will never be the same again, for I have placed My hands upon you, My church, My bride.
“Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope, and tender humility. There is a battle raging, so fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling—celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! So now, I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus, the Anointed One, who demonstrated a beautiful testimony even before Pontius Pilate, that you follow this commission faithfully with a clear conscience and without blemish until the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.” ~1 Timothy 6:11–14.