THE PERFECT WITNESSING STYLE
Listen to the saying of Jesus in John 4:19, “Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” Here Jesus made it clear that he only does what the Father does. He came as the Son of the Father and He said in John 14:11, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” This clearly tells you that the Father was in the Son working; that is why the Son said I can only do what I see the Father doing. Examine John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” This shows that the Father is doing something in the spirit and the Son is manifesting it so that it will come to pass; I and my Father are one, John 10:30. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God and the Word became flesh (Jesus Christ) and dwelth among us.
To save a soul is the working of the Father in the spirit and the Son manifests it; that is why the Son said, no man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me (John 5:43, I am come in my Father’s name) draw him. The Father does a thing in the spirit and the Son does it exactly in manifestation, so that a person can see or know and appreciate the Lord. The Father is the spiritual evangelist or soul winner and Jesus Christ manifests it or brings it to pass. Jesus is God role playing as the Son. Study Rev. 22:6 and 16 and see God of the prophets and I, Jesus Christ and who instructs the angels.
Now the Father saw a woman of Samaria in John 4:5-7 going to fetch water from Jacob’s well in the city of Sychar. The Father stopped by the well and the Son saw it and stopped also, (what the Son seeth the Father do, doeth he). The Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father and they are both one, John 10:30. If you allow the Father to lead the way, He will always set the pace for evangelism; if we are sensitive to the spirit and allow the manifestation through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If any man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” Jesus said unto the woman at the well, (as he saw the Father do), “Give me to drink.” The Son did like the Father in opening up a conversation, by telling the woman, “Give me to drink.” In witnessing you must allow the Holy Spirit in you to lead the way. Here the Lord (Father and Son) spoke as the Son (as he saw the Father do). Let the Father and the Son that have made their abode in you speak through you in evangelism. Remember Jesus Christ is the everlasting Father, the mighty God. Jesus is God.
And the woman replied in verse 9, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which I am a woman of Samaria, for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Then Jesus began to move her from the natural to spiritual thoughts and the urgency of salvation. While the woman was focused on the water out of Jacob’s well; Jesus was talking about the living water. Jesus said in verse 10, “If thou knewest the gift of God, (John 3:16) and who (the resurrection and the life) it is that saith to thee (unsaved or sinner), Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him and he would have given thee the living water. (Isa. 12:3, Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation; Jer. 2:13, For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters (Jesus Christ as Jehovah in the Old Testament), and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water). Life in Christ is living water and life without Christ is like a broken cistern that can hold no water. What kind of life is in you? Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman about something with eternal value, which is the first priority in evangelism and the Father did it and the Son manifested it. The same can happen through you, if you allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in you and speak through you.
The woman said unto him, “Sir thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep, (natural well) from whence then hast thou that living water, (spiritual well).” Jesus answered and said unto her, in verses 13-14, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again, (it is temporal and natural, not spiritual or eternal). But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; (Jesus created a yawning for the spiritual in her from the natural, that is what the spirit of God begins to do in a heart that is open) but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” And the woman spiritually started to awaken as she said in verse 15, “Sir give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” This was the Lord Jesus Christ evangelizing, one on one. The woman was ready for salvation and the kingdom, by her confession. Jesus manifested the word of knowledge when he told the woman at the well to go call her husband in verse 16. But she honestly declared, “I have no husband.” Jesus commended her for her truth, because He let her know she hast had five husband and the one with her now was not her husband, verse 18.
Look at the woman at the well, married five times and living with the sixth man. The Father saw her and knew her life and was willing to preach to her, showed compassion on her, and ministered to her one on one. Jesus only did what he saw the Father do; manifest it by preaching to her. He took time to get her attention from natural to spiritual to acceptance (Sir, give me this water, that I theist not, neither come hither to draw). By Jesus manifesting the word of knowledge, the woman said in verse 19, “Sir I perceive thou art a prophet.” From verses 21- 24 Jesus, revealed to her more things about the spirit and truth and worshipping God; saying to her, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” The woman now remembered what they were taught and said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ (the anointed one): when he is come, he will tell us all things.” Then in verse 26, Jesus saith unto her, “I that speak unto thee am He.” The woman at the well touched the heart of God standing right there and talking with her; that He moved the veil of secrecy and said to her I am that Messiah the Christ. Her faith soared that she abandoned her water-pot and ran to the city to tell the men I have met the Christ. The disciple met him with the woman and marveled that he talked to her. They went to buy some food because they were hungry. They pressured him to take some meat but they did not know he saw a revival in the small city of Samaria. He said to them in verse34, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish the work.” His meat was soul winning. In verse 35 Jesus said, “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
She testified to others about the Christ and her encounter with Him. She told people, abandoned her water-pot and settled in her heart that she had met the Christ and her life was never the same. When you met Christ actually, your life will never be the same and you will know that you have met the Christ and will testify to others that they may come to Christ too. When the people came and saw and heard directly from Christ they said in verse 42, “And said unto the woman, now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” This was the result of evangelism by the Lord Jesus Christ himself. This was the meat he was talking about. Have you ever or lately followed the witnessing style of the Lord; He did not go condemning them, but set his bait so that he could start a dialogue with them. By so doing he pointed to them about being born again in the case of Nicodemus. But for the woman at the well he went to the heart of why she was there; to fetch water and his bait was “Give me a drink.” That was how the witnessing started. And he went from the natural to the spiritual. When witnessing do not linger on the natural, but head for the spiritual: about being born again, about the water and the spirit. Before you know it salvation will occur and a revival will break out in the environment as in Samaria.
Jesus spoke in a way to bring her close to the well water, and to the living water, by saying “Give me to drink”. It had natural and spiritual implications. Just like Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Lord related at the natural level to get Nicodemus thinking and to know that the kingdom of God requires a birthing to get into it; apart from the natural birth. Jesus went the next step to pull Nicodemus into another realm of thinking; because Nicodemus was seeing it from a natural approach. He asked Jesus in verse 4, “How can a man be born again when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born. He was natural and never heard about being born again. It was never thought of until Jesus came to do what he saw the Father do. Jesus said to him in John 3:5, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. This was the way Jesus witnessed, by using the natural to bring in the spiritual; and He went straight to talk about the kingdom of God and being born again of the water and the spirit. This was how Jesus preached to Nicodemus and the woman at the well. He preached to them one on one and did not throw their sin in their face. He did not make them resentful, but made them consider their lives; and pointed them to the eternal values.
Witnessing is an instrument God designed, tested and said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” These are tools for evangelism.According to John 1:1, it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In verse 14 it reads, “And the Word was made flesh (Jesus Christ), and dwelth among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” Jesus Christ is God. He played the role of the Son, and the Holy Spirit but He is the Father. God can come in any form he likes else he would not be God. Always remember Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and all the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Also Col. 2:9 reads, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” He is both the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost. Jesus was the fullness of the God head bodily. Follow the witnessing style of the Lord Jesus Christ, because He is the only one who can make you a fisher of men
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