“Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.” Deuteronomy 17:6
God gives us the direction in our lives and explains to us how best to live this life out. If we listen with our ears and hear what it is He is saying to us, we will want to follow His lead, for the why won’t matter. All we will want is Him and what He wants. What He wants from us is holiness, just as He is holy. This means the standards by which we are to live are standards by which our righteous, just God Himself exists, only where we are broken and incapable of constant holiness due to sin, He is able and is always holy, perfect and above us. His ways truly are higher than ours.
So, when God says that someone deserving of death should only be dealt death by the testimony of two or three witnesses, He holds Himself to the same. We know that God will send those who will not accept the only Way to the kingdom and eternal life to eternal death, apart from Him. Exactly how does this work? Well, being truthful, we aren’t sure, but we know it’s true because Jesus told us so.
Yet, we might possibly understand better through an analogy to our court system. The prosecution is Satan. He is the accuser of the brethren, and he makes claims before God that we are sinful and not of Him. Really, that’s the only argument that needs to be made. Lucifer knows the Word, and so he knows that accepting and repenting are all there is to argue over. So, he will simply say that each one of us is not Christ-like, nor of Christ, to which witnesses must be gathered.
Who can stand before God in His court as truthful witnesses? Only the undefiled. Demons lie. Men lie. Satan lies, but he is not a witness, he is the accuser and he just provides evidence and witnesses. None of these are trustworthy witnesses. Even the angels will not be witnesses, for they can be corrupted, evidenced by Satan himself, son of the morning, fallen angel. The angels do watch over us and witness to God this very hour, but regarding our standing before God at the end, they will be but spectators.
No, there are but Three Persons Who are truly undefiled and perfect and can be truthful and honest witnesses in this matter. They are: God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit.
When Satan accuses us, God the Father will turn to the Son, and Jesus will either say, “Depart from Me, for I never knew you,” and the sentence of death will then be carried out as He, the Holy Spirit, and the Father will all testify in agreement that we are not Christ’s.
Or, Jesus will say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant, enter in,” and the trial will be over because God will never contradict Himself, and if One says we are His, All say we are His, and there are no witnesses then to condemn us to the death we truly deserve for the sins we had committed.
In fact, those sins we committed will be washed away, and the garments we had defiled will be white as snow, clean, brand new. There not only will be no witnesses against us, but neither will there be evidence. Satan will have lost the trial, and have no choice but to abandon chasing after us.
So, here’s a truth to hold on to, with all of that in mind. Jesus already defeated Satan at the Cross and He leads him in a parade of victory, showing them in an open shame before Him. That being so, we share in that victory as we remain hidden in Christ Jesus, and trust in Him. If we continue to trust in what He accomplished at the Cross, then when we die, that transition to Heaven will happen so quickly, Satan will be unprepared to bring about the prosecution in a timely manner, and Christ will welcome us in, pardoned, without a trial at all. (If indeed a trial we would have) We will have been found more precious than gold that perishes through our faith in Jesus, and there will be no question that we are His.
So, the question is this:
When you die, there are Three witnesses Who will either testify on your behalf or against you, all based on this answer. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God, Who came down to earth from Heaven to be as a Man, Who lived the perfect life we could not, so that He could volunteer to die as a Sacrifice for us for the remission of sins upon a Cross, and that He rose again the third day to prove that He is God and do you repent of your sins?
Eternal life hangs on your answer. I know mine. All will one day confess Jesus is Lord. That day should be today for you. Don’t wait, tomorrow isn’t promised. Jesus is The Lord, and because of Him, I am saved, I am washed, and my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. I pray yours is, too.