A letter arrived at my home. The place of dispatch was a district court. Since I had been living without the slightest interest in the justice system, I tilted my head at the mail that had arrived out of the blue.
[Subpoena to Testify]
A few months ago, I reported, to the police, that I witnessed a drunken man using violence on a student in the street. So the court summoned me to testify as a witness about the incident. If necessary, I could testify about that. But I found I was in a fix because of my busy schedule. So I tried to find a way to put off the testimony or see if there was another way. Then I came to know about “A Witness Duty” that I had never heard of before.
According to the law of Korea, the court can summon any citizen as a witness by means of jurisdiction, and the person who was summoned as the witness has the duty to testify to the truth at the courts. As for a person who disobeys the summon without any particular reason, the judicial system can take that person to court by force with governmental authority or charge them with a fine or put him or her in jail. Since it is related with the jurisdiction that fulfills the justice of society, it has the legality to be enforced.
However, not anyone can be a witness. The court takes a witness who has no problem in testifying and lets him or her swear an oath that he or she will not give false testimony before testifying. If the witness gives false testimony even after swearing, he or she will be punished for committing perjury. Therefore, testifying to the truth is the most important duty and responsibility of a witness. The subpoena I was given to testify was a kind of order that contained the will and power of the government that carries out all the laws.
I thought about the duty of the spiritual witness God entrusted to me.
Act 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit came on us, we would be witnesses who testify about Christ to the ends of the earth. In other words, all the saints who received the Holy Spirit have the duty to testify about Christ. The request to become the witnesses of God is the most holy command granted to the children whom God loves particularly. It is because no one can carry out the duty of the witness, but only those who are approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel can. Therefore, the role of the “witness of God” is a noble and holy duty which contains the blessings that cannot be compared with anything else in the world.
After knowing how important it is to be a witness, I did not want to avoid testifying anymore. I finished all my busy schedules in advance and waited for the day of the trial.
On the court day, though I had prepared myself in mind, I became nervous and a little bit afraid because it was my first time to testify in a court. However, it was not that hard, contrary to my concern. I was neither the judge who enforces the law nor the prosecutor who accuses someone of a crime. I was nothing but a witness who only tells the truth. All I had to do was to tell what I had seen and experienced as it was. Coming out of the court after finishing my testimony, I felt lighthearted and felt great at the fact that my testimony was of help to revealing the truth.
Likewise, before doing the work of the witnesses who testifies about the Spirit and the Bride, we found it difficult to do, though we didn’t need to feel worried or burdened about it. All we have to do is just to deliver the words of the Bible as recorded, and tell of Father and Mother’s love and sacrifice that we’ve seen, heard and experienced so far.
I would like to become God’s witness who sincerely delivers the truth about the Spirit and the Bride who came to the earth to save us, with all my mind, strength and heart. By doing that, I want to please God who has chosen me as His witness though I’m lacking in many ways, and to feel proud of myself as well.
J. W. from Korea