Witnessing is a fundamental aspect of the Christian faith, and numerous scriptures encourage believers to share their faith out of love for Jesus and love for the lost. Here are three scriptures, along with explanations:
1. **Matthew 28:18-20** (The Great Commission)
> "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore,o make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"
**Explanation**: In these verses, Jesus gives His final instructions to His disciples before His ascension. He emphasizes the importance of spreading the Gospel to all nations. The command to "go and make disciples" is motivated by Jesus' authority and love for humanity. As believers obey this command, they are assured of Jesus' continual presence with them.
2. **2 Corinthians 5:14-15**
> "For Christ's love compels us because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
**Explanation**: In this passage, Paul speaks of the profound love of Christ that compels or drives believers to act. The realization that Jesus died for all, out of love should move believers to share this love with others. This love motivates witnessing and transforms believers' lives, leading them to live for Christ.
3. **Romans 10:13-15**
> "For, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'' How can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
**Explanation**: Paul emphasizes the importance of proclaiming the Gospel so that people can hear, believe, and call upon the name of the Lord. Paul's sequence shows that preaching (or witnessing) is vital to Salvation. The beautiful metaphor of "beautiful feet" highlights the value and beauty of those who take the initiative to share the Gospel, driven by love for the lost and obedience to Christ.
Each of these scriptures underscores the significance of witnessing. Believers are called to share their faith, motivated by a profound love for Jesus and a compassionate love for those who have yet to know Him.