“But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than people. The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom you seized and killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these events, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”” Acts 5:29-32 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/act.5.31-32.NET
We are witnesses of what God has done for us and for the world. We also witness how men respond to God and the consequences of those responses when they meet God unless they reconcile with God. This reconciliation is the purpose of our witness. God wants all people reconciled to Him through Jesus the Savior so that He becomes the Lord and Leader of everyone. We who claim to be reconciled to God must prove this reconciliation by obeying God rather than men living as witnesses of God to men until all men obey God. Jesus is both Savior and Lord. This witness is critical and too often neglected today. We proclaim Jesus as our Savior, Who died for our sins and was resurrected to pardon us by declaring us righteous through His good works. But His one-time act is not a past event that we acknowledge never more to engage. We engage His work daily by witnessing of His work while living obedient lives to Jesus. Jesus is the Lord and Leader of all every day, all the time. The message of our testimony is that our sins must be acknowledged before God and forgiven by Jesus. Our lives must increasingly reflect the authenticity of that repentance by increasing in obedience to everything Jesus has commanded. Daily we are to grow in our likeness to Jesus, Who obeyed perfectly everything God commanded in the Scriptures while witnessing to the work of God the Father being accomplished by Him as God the Son when He lived with us. To be truly reconciled to God is to repent from our past sins before Jesus the Savior and live our future in obedience to Jesus as Lord.