Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites)

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 24

We will go through many scriptures that a well-informed Russellite would have to confuse those who are seeking the truth, answer them quickly, and move on.
“And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.” John 20:14 Their claim is that Jesus was resurrected in a spiritual body, that His physical body is hidden away in a gaseous form later to be revealed. (I think when you tell a lie, you ought to at least be creative!!)
No person in their right mind would have expected what Mary Magdalene encountered that very early Sunday morning at the sepulcher. She ran and found Simon Peter and John out of her mind with fear: “they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him.” Peter and John ran to see just what they could make of the situation. John outran Peter but Peter went into the tomb first. The Book says, “Then went in also the other disciple, who came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. What did he believe? What he had been told; “they have taken away the Lord!!” Mary is now beside herself, weeping. She had conversed with the two angels, but either couldn’t comprehend what they were saying or just outright, did not believe them!! They asked her why she wept. She answered as she had told Peter and John, “Because they have taken away my Lord.” The angels tried to reason with Mary: “why seek the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen: remember how He spoke unto you when He was yet in Galilee. Saying, ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again”. At this moment she looked out from within the tomb and saw Jesus, although she did not recognize Him. Mary was alone, the angels were still seated inside the tomb, and she sees someone outside who she might have thought had known the person or persons that had taken the body of Christ and she had her back to Him.. At this moment, Jesus spoke to her. She thought Him a gardener. (What a gardener would have been doing there working at around day-break would be also impossible to explain.) Can’t you just imagine Mary was thinking; “where is Peter and John when you need them!” Intent on finding where they had laid the Lord, Mary with her back to Jesus hears the voice that would have awakened the ALL the dead and one day will!! Jesus calls her by NAME. Immediately, she turned herself, and says unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” She is by now close enough to Christ that she is clinging to His clothing. Jesus says to her; “stop clinging to Me. For I have not yet ascended to the Father. But be on your way to My brothers and say unto them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and your God.”
The message is clear. “Stop clinging to Me, go and tell My disciples I will be leaving to the Father’s abode, soon, meet Me as I had previously directed!!” This was the first Sunday evening service!! To ignore the real message and concentrate on “touch Me not” causes a misconception and misunderstanding of the message intended by the Lord.
Did Jesus resurrect in the body He had previously inhabited? Yes, Mary was not expecting to see Him, it was early in the morning, and she was hysterical, thinking someone had stolen His body away. What brought her to sense was Jesus calling her name. Was His resurrected body spiritual? No, telling the same event Luke records Jesus showing His hands and feet remarking “a Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see Me have”, He also asked for food: “Have you here any meat?” that for which a spirit has no need. “He took it and ate it before them”. Luke 24:43

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 23

My brother, Sherrill, once asked me why I taught Christ was equal to the Father. Of all the questions the Russellites have provoked, this seems to be the one they have made in-roads with causing some to doubt the position of Jesus Christ. Let me state again what the scriptures teach about the Godhead: first, there are three that possess the nature called God. God is a nature, God is NOT the name of some individual. God means “I who alone create”, and if that has not been proven nothing else has!! Neither man, animals, nor anything from the solar systems has EVER created anything, that job has been reserved to They who have that power!! When God, all three, decided to create there was a reason, They were not just bored!! Before creation there was an agreement, pact, covenant amongst Themselves They called it “the mystery”. This was also called the “scheme of redemption”, the “plan from the foundations of the world”, the “Fathers will”, foreordination, and predestination. God made man and had a plan for those who loved Them, it was called Eternal Life, but before it would be awarded, it had to be deserved. The greatest “dressing place”, the place where man would be tried and tested, was then by Them created, the one in the Godhead we now know as the Son was the agent of that creation! So great was this plan that all three of the beings with the nature called God participated in this venture. The originator of the “plan” was the God most often, but not distinctively, called the Ancient of Days, the Father, or Jehovah. God, the Ancient of Days made a covenant with God the Word (for so His name is known to be) TO DIE FOR MANKIND SO MANKIND COULD KNOW HOW MUCH GOD SO LOVED THEIR CREATION. It was God, the Son who chosen as the AGENT OF THE GODHEAD to die!! God the Spirit (later called Holy Spirit) would be the AGENT of communication and defense to mankind proving God’s love in writing in a book called THE BIBLE whereby He would literally tell those who wrote this masterpiece exactly what words to write by a process called ‘inspiration’!! All three bore the name Jehovah for with the power of Their nature They were the only beings who could create something out of nothing!! Herein lays the answer to the question with which we began, Who is the greatest in or among those who bear the name of God?
One cannot tell the position of an individual by the job, function, or role they are playing in life. The mother is known to be greater than the infant she gave birth but it is she who devotedly serves their every fancy!! She cooks, washes their clothes, fixes their cuts and hurts, and if she is a Godly mother, she prays far more for them than herself!! Do I need to give more examples or is this argument not won?? She is participating in a role-playing function that has but one end: to raise the children God has blessed her with to be with her in eternity, and she will do anything that is right that will created, sustain, and bring about this conclusion. It is not that Jesus was not equal to God, the Father while here on Earth, He was under COVENANT, THE WILL, OR THE PLAN created by the Father to save “all who would obey His (God the Father’s) Will”!! So, when asked if He was as great as the Father, Jesus would retort, “the Father is greater that I”. In all cases the lesser serves the greater that need!!
In spite of all the mangling of Scripture the Russellites and their lying Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society can do they cannot undo the plain teaching of Holy Writ: JESUS IS GOD!! All we have written about over the past 22 weeks has proved this from Holy Writ and we declare the argument WON!! Jesus is not now subject to the Father. Jesus has been given all authority and dominion, Matthew 28:18. One day it will not be so!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 22

It is sad that men of good intentions are led away from the paths of truth by those who have other intentions. I know of no one who loved us more than Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. For Him to take the shame and rebuke given Him by the Jehovah’s Witnesses is beyond reason. Why they want to take such a beautiful Being and denigrate Him, speak ill of His person, or destroy any joy they might have in serving Him is without question, deplorable!! They act and talk like zombies as they walk up and down the roadsides of this great land. They are not allowed to think, only react to abuse; they never entertain a serious Bible Study for they have a memorized spiel they trumpet and when gotten off that diatribe, they are helpless. It saddens all who love our Lord to have to even write a defense hoping to deter these men and women from the Brooklyn Lying Clinic (the Brooklyn Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society) who are on their way to a place they claim does not even exist-HELL!!
“That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth”. Psalms 83:18 Of course they claim that only one is Jehovah, that is the Father, yet even in their own perverted writings they slip up and correct themselves. The appellation Jehovah, as discussed last week, may be applies to more than one person, yet such passages as this state the ONE. The desired affect on your mind is chaos, confusion, and “oh, they have finally caught us now”. The word ONE used here means unity, not numerically one. The claim of any Being who can call themselves Jehovah and prove it just means He is one of those who can “Alone create”.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” Psalms 90:2 In Micah 5:2 the inspired prophet writes: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.” Who can deny this is speaking of the Christ child? Who among us do not know the word “everlasting” is the Hebrew word olam which means from time indefinite, eternal? Who is being describes as everlasting, or time indefinite, or eternal, or without beginning or end?? Even the Jews knew this!! “And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, “And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” Matthew 2:4-6
I have never had a discussion with the Russellites that they have not come up with the next verse: “Jehovah Himself produces Me as the beginning of His way, the earliest of His achievements of long ago. From time indefinite I was installed, from the start, from times earlier than the earth…” (NWT) Of course they claim this is Jesus when in fact it is talking about wisdom!! One has to remind them that this JESUS was He who created “all things that are created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or powers: all things were created BY Him and FOR Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not; neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding?” Isaiah 40:28 This is suppose to tell you that Christ is not God, He was created. We have answered this about a dozen times!! Please read again, Micah 5:2.

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 21

There are some verses the Jehovah’s Witnesses think back up their positions on God. One of these is Deuteronomy 6:6: “The Lord our God is one Lord”. Their argument is that there is only One who is God. The term ONE is not the word in the Hebrew that means what they would hope it would. If words have definitions, the Russellites have problems, if Mr. Rutherford, Mr. Russell, or Mr. Knorr had the polemic background or the scholarly work behind either of them to qualify them in Hebrew (or Greek either) one would have patience with their error, but they had neither! They would not know Hebrew from Latin if it met them in the road. They have admitted this under oath in sworn testimony in court cases. The Hebrew word echad means unity, see Genesis 2:24 while the Hebrew word yachid means one, like one, two, three, four, and beyond. “The Lord our God is echad Lord”, hurts their position because there is inferred there is more than one Jehovah (the Hebrew word for Lord). For example: my wife and I are one-this does not mean we are a single person, this means we agree, work as one, we are unified!! Psalms 83:18: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth.” Their play on this verse is that there is only One who is Jehovah, not three. The name Jehovah occurs some 6,823 times in the Old Testament, and is the most precious name among the Jews for God. In Genesis 19:24 the word says: “The Lord (Jehovah) rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord (Jehovah) out of Heaven.” If I can count one and one makes two! There are many names given to deity throughout the Bible, someone has counted at least 280 of them for Christ, alone! The name Jesus is an abbreviation for the word Jehoshua, which means Jehovah the Saviour”. “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness…” Genesis 1:26. The Russellites will cry “fowl”, God was talking to angels!! Interestingly, we are not made in the likeness of any angel that we have been made aware!! In fact verse 27 of Genesis One reads: “So God created man in His OWN image, in the image of God…” I guess they forgot to read this verse?? “I, even I, have spoken: yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous. Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and His Spirit, hath sent Me.” Isaiah 48:15-16 Again, if I can count here are three who make up deity!! Again, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 28:19 Again, this looks like three!! “There are three that bear record in Heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. These three agree as One.” We have some erudite brethren who claim verses 7 and 8 are not in the original Greek scriptures. Tertullian, a second century leader in the Church of Christ wrote he had read the “autographed copies to the churches” and cites this verse. Cyprian of the 3rd century bears witness to the same truth. It was God’s responsibility to make sure of the verity of the Scriptures that they remain in tact; He has them in the text!! To me that settles the matter!! In Exodus 3:14: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The TERM for I AM is EHYEH, and is a present tense form of JAH, JEHOVAH. It is found in three places in the Hebrew, where it is translated as I AM. The origin of the word is from the verb TO BE. It denotes timelessness in existence of the One who was, who is, and who is to come, the first and the last, the Alpha and Omega. Let me introduce you to Christ!! Revelations 1:11, 17

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 20

There are scriptures the Russellites try to use that support, they think, their position concerning the non-deity of Christ. The scriptures we will study, as you might expect, do NOT in any way teach their false doctrine. Their big argument is one not necessary to make; Jesus is the Son of God. They think that put Christ in an inferior position to God the Father. No one dis-believes this truth, but in what seems is He the Son?
To study again the truth on this will hurt none of us. Christ BECAME the Son of God at the resurrection from the grave!! “But God raised Him from the dead. And He was seen many days of them which came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses (notice none are these were from Brooklyn or were members of the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society!!) unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, ‘Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee’. And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to see return to corruption, He said on this wise, ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.” Acts 13:30-34 we guess the real question is ‘when did Jesus become the Son of God”? It was NOT at His physical birth, it was NOT at His crucifixion, it was at His resurrection from the grave!! You might counter: “yet He repeatedly called Himself ‘Son of Man’ and ‘Son of God”? True, and that He was, but one has to remember that God “calls those things which be not as thought they were”! Romans 4:17b There might have been questions in the minds of some that God would raise Jesus from the dead, but those questions were NEVER in the Christ mind!! Again, the verb begotten in the Greek is in the perfect indicative active tense which tells us He became that FROM THAT MOMENT, not before that moment! The indicative mood in the Greek language is the only mood in which distinctions can regularly be made about the TIME WHEN an action occurs. The perfect indicative is that special tense where the significance of the perfect tense is at its height. The context of the Greek may emphasize either the completeness of the action or the finished results, NEVER REPEATED ACTION!! Jesus was begotten from the dead ‘And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4 If He became the Son of God at the resurrection, what was He BEFORE He resurrected? Thomas adroitly answered the question very admirably. “Thomas answered, MY LORD AND MY GOD”!! John 20:28
Again, Jesus was playing a role. He BECAME flesh for one reason, John 1:14, to “dwell among us”. Before His physical birth, Christ was in every sense God. Christ is the God of the Old Testament the Jew offended. Matthew 23:34 Christ is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. John 8:58 Christ was the I AM that made Moses take off the shoes from off his feet in Midian! Acts 7:31-37 Christ is the Lord of David. Psalms 110:1-2 Christ is one of those who have the nature called God in the Old Testament referred to as JEHOVAH. Isaiah 9:6 Most often when I get to try to help a Russellite, I begin with Acts 17:23b, “whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.”!! If you need more help on this, read the first of the next verse: “God that made the world and all things therein…” If you do not know who made “everything that is made”, let me introduce you to Him!! “For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, were created By Him, and For Him.” Colossians 1:16

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 19

The Jehovah’s Witnesses demand that Jesus is Michael the Archangel as mentioned in Revelations 12. Without saying, this immediately makes Jesus another type being and not God!!! It is a slick trick they pull when they take the unaware on a scriptural rampage through the Bible allowing them to come to a false conclusion without “rightly dividing the Word”!!
It is not a singularity that Jesus is referred to as another, if fact this is common in Scripture. When John the Baptist came preceding the Master, he was called the “Elijah which was to come”. Matthew 11:14 Did Jesus not really know who John was? Was the Holy Spirit confused? You have two members who have the nature called God who have made a mistake if They do not really know who John was and the last time I checked, God cannot make mistakes!! Does this mean Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not really God as the Witnesses claim?? David in prophecy called Christ LORD, yet Christ is the Son of David. Matthew 21:41-46; Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44 Again, was Christ David’s Son or was He his Lord, or was He both-and therefore called both names? When one had the personage of someone who preceded them in a family, like I did as a preacher of the gospel, are they not often called “little O.D”? Are these people confused? Do they believe in re-incarnation?? In Daniel, Michael came and held Satan at bay so Gabriel could get the message that he “was caused to fly swiftly” with as Daniel was praying about the end of the people Israel!! Daniel 9:23 The “prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood (did not allow Gabriel to proceed) with his delivered message for 21 days”. Daniel 10:13 Michael’s holding Satan at bay while Gabriel got the message to the people of God was known by all those whose studies had taken them to the book of Daniel. It was usual usage of personification, likeness in deed, and zeal in execution that would then give them the “name likeness” that was often received. We call those who give their lives for the cause of Christ a “Stephen”.
So, Christ withstood Satan while in His earthly ministry that the “Word of God” could be delivered by the Church. The “war in heaven” was a war for the hearts and minds of men. It was the apostles that waged this war after the resurrection of Jesus Christ!! “And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels (the apostles) fought against the dragon (Satan): and the dragon (Satan) fought and his angels (the Pharisees and Sadducees), and prevailed not(they were not able to defeat the truth taught by Jesus and His apostles); neither was there place found any more in heaven (their position and prominence was destroyed even though it looked as though they had succeeded, Jesus had overcome sin and the separation from God was removed by repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38). And the great dragon was cast out (he lost his dominion over mankind when the blood of Christ was shed and man began meeting that blood in baptism Ephesians 1:7, Romans 6:3-7, 1 Peter 3:21, Revelations 1:5) that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world (man could not realize just what sin had done to him): he was cast out into the earth.(he was removed from his domain, death no longer held sway over man because man knew Christ had overcome death!!, Hebrews 2:14-18)”
Finally, if Christ were Michael, the Archangel, He would be the equal of Satan, not his Lord!! Satan should have displayed this during the 40 day temptation, and he did not. The Russellites may not believe Jesus is God BUT SATAN BELIEVES THIS TRUTH—AND TREMBLES!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 18

The Witnesses teach that Jesus is really just the Archangel Michael mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Their argument goes something like this: Revelation 20:1 an angel comes down out of heaven and binds Satan. Revelation 12:7 Michael and His angels warred with Satan and his angels. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Jesus is to descend with the voice of the archangel. Daniel 12:1 Michael is seen standing for the people during the time of trouble (although they do not connect this with Matthew 24!). They then claim the angel was Jesus. They have Jesus as Michael in Jude vs 9 and Daniel 10:13. It used to be (I am told that it was in their writings) that they considered Michael Jackson as Michael the archangel when he was the biggest giver in their cult; today, he is trying to turn Muslim: some angel he is!!
Answer: Revelation 20:1 has nothing to do with Michael the archangel. If you will read the first chapter and first verse of the Revelation, it will tell you it is about Jesus Christ, not Michael, and the fulfillment of the prophesies of the Old Testament He, Christ fulfilled that was prophesied by the “servants”, the prophets. Amos 3:7, Jeremiah 7:25 Michael NEVER had the key to the pit (separation of the soul from God- Psalms 30:3, 88:3-7) OR the bottomless pit (eternal damnation, never ending separation). These keys are those who Jesus stands with in His hands in Revelation 1:17-18 and they are claimed by Christ when He was witnessed by God, the Father to be His Son in Matthew 16:18. It is Jesus who is described as “He who likewise took part in the same (physical flesh) that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death (a work of the devil), that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:14-17 It was Jesus who appeared to “destroy the works of the devil”, Michael as great as he might be, could NEVER accomplish what it would take the Son of God to accomplish. A sacrifice of Michael would NEVER APPEASE, SATISFY God, the Father!! It is prophesied of Christ, “and the key of the house of David will I lay upon His shoulder; so He shall open, and none shall shut; and He shall shut, and none shall open.” It was Jesus who God, the Father gave the “sure mercies of David” (the resurrection from the grave- Acts 13:32-37) that all of us who are obedient to Him shall RISE AGAIN!! That is why the resurrection from the waters of baptism constitutes a picture of the resurrection from the physical grave that will hold our bodies, called the FIRST resurrection in Revelation 20:6. Christ freed man whom Satan has bound and cast Satan “into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled”. Revelation 20:2
Revelation 12:7 The 12th chapter of Revelation starts with the appearance of Christ from the womb of Mary. He is the child of 62 generations, reaching all the way back to Eve. When He is born, Satan tried to kill Him by Herod, verse 3, for the “man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne” had come!! Israel then “fled into the wilderness” (ceased to be the deterrent of the evil one) while Christ preached for 3 ½ years. While Christ was on Earth, He was the One who stood between man and God as did Michael in Daniel 10:13, when Michael held Satan at bay so the message could get to the people of God.

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 17

Jesus IS the Son of God!! It is evident that the scriptures refer to Christ as the Son. He is that, in a very unique sense. The Russellites claim Jesus is the Son of God by creation by God before the world existed. They then will tell you that Jesus again was the Son of God by human birth, of Mary. They have one more to add to this, they claim Christ the Son by a spiritual resurrection (not physical).
It is true that some truth is always in a lie. That Jesus BECAME what He was not before creation is a fact. He and the Father had a covenant mentioned several times in Holy Writ about a role He was to play in the redemption of mankind. Christ was happy to lay down His life to fulfill this role for it showed His love, respect, and agreement with the Will of the Father. It is like a man and woman getting married. Before the ceremony love has its bliss, both are equal in their positions of importance doing as they individually desire. When married, the change takes place. For women who do not understand nor desire a home, the complication of becoming subservient to their husband brings a lot of unhappy nights (and maybe a cessation of the union). Somebody has to be head; God tells us it is to be the man. You have heard the expression; “it’s lonely at the top”; man did not asked to take the lead role, God demanded it. The pressure and courage to lead the home cannot allow the stronger personality of the female to destroy their home because it is easier to surrender than stand, God has not so planned it this way and God knows best!! A man may say; “my wife will not allow me to be head”. At this crossroad the man has to determine just WHO will be his God!! Christ had no such problem with the Will of God the Father!! He became subservient to everything His role demanded. Yes, He was just as much God as the Father and the Spirit, that was never questioned, but He had a part to play in the redemption of mankind that no other member of the Godhead would play and with great joy He fulfilled that role. Christ is the ONLY God who condescended to deal with, live among, and tolerate sinners. God, the Father will not, Habakkuk 1:13. God the Spirit will only deal with man AFTER he or she has been bought by the blood of Christ. Acts 2:38, 5:32, Galatians 4:6. Christ became a “bridge-builder” to close the chasm between man and God, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, that was and is His job. Yes, He did become something different, before His agreement, covenant with the Father, He was answerable to nothing or no one!! John 1:1
The term “Son of” was used by the eastern peoples to primarily denote sameness. The term “father” also denoted sameness. Many references can support this statement—Genesis 4:20, 21, 17:4, Mark 3:17, Luke 10:6, John 17:12, Acts 4:36, are just a few. When Jesus called God, Father, the Jews took up stones to kill Him. John 10:30-36. Matthew 27:54 tells us the centurion said; “truly, this was the Son of God”. Luke records it; “certainly, this was a righteous Man.” Luke 23:47 Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and 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.”
The term “Son of God” could also be used as a title-showing equality! When the Title Messiah was used referring to Christ, it was a title, not a name. Matthew 16:16, 26:63, Mark 14:61, Luke 22:67-70, John 1:49, 11:27 THIS ROLE HAD A BEGINNING!! In the Old Testament we find plurality of persons in one God, and different functions of the three, but NOT SUBJECTION!! Subjection begins with the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, and God’s plan of redemption!!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 16

The book of Revelation is one of the most interesting books of the New Testament. Besides being the only book in the New Testament without the plan of salvation mentioned in it, it is very pregnant with verses that directly call Jesus Christ, God! It consistently speaks of the Risen Lord in terms of God. Revelations never speaks of Christ in the days of His sojourn in the human body in which He tabernacled, it tells of the victorious Lord with the seven golden lamp-stands, robed to His feet, with a golden girdle around His breast with hair as snow-white wool whose eyes were as flaming fire with feet as burning brass refined in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of rushing waters. This is the description of the Ancient of Days in Daniel 10:5-7 and the voice of God in Ezekiel 43:2. To put it another way John described the Risen Christ in precisely the same terms as the Old Testament writers used to describe GOD!!
In 1 John 5:7, a verse considered spurious by most so-called scholars of our time, the Witnesses make a big play. They build it up as one of the major texts used by “Trinitarians”: Hebrews 1:8 is another. “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” The Witnesses point out that it should be translated “Thy throne is God”. This rendering makes God the throne upon which Jesus sat, which is both nonsense and out of harmony with passages that put Jesus at the “right hand of God”. “Paul, an apostle (not from men, neither through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father…” Galatians 1:1 This passage shows that Christ is not of, from, through man or men and is definitely not classified as man! It was THROUGH both Jesus and the Father; Jesus is ranked alongside the Father as the source-hence equal-to the Father.
Worship is a common word in the New Testament. It is found some 60 times, we are told, and are applied to a variety of things. It means to pay homage, reverence to anything. The only lawful receiver of worship is God: “The saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” When Cornelius met Peter for the first time, Cornelius “fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, ‘Stand up; I myself also am a man.” Acts 10:25-26 In the book of Revelation the John falls down twice in an attempt to worship the speaker and both times is reprimanded. Revelations 19:10, 22:9 Jesus received and accepted worship of Himself!! Read Matthew 2:11, 6:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 20:20, 28:9, 28:17; John 9:38, and Hebrews 1:6
It has been argued that since Jesus is referred to as the Begotten Son of God, or the Only Begotten Son of God, that it means He was not Deity, but created in some age of the past. The Hebrew word yalad and the Greek word gennao are the words called into question. Psalms 2:7 and Hebrews 1:5 are examples of these words being used. The term only begotten is found several times and is used in reference to Christ and Isaac. See John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18. When referencing Isaac see Hebrews 11:17. Isaac was not Abraham’s only son, nor his eldest. Ishmael was born before Isaac. Isaac, however, occupied the position of firstborn, and claimed title to the Only Begotten because he was the one of promise and purpose. The same is true in regard to Jesus. He came uniquely by promise with the purpose of human redemption. In this sense He is both Firstborn and Only Begotten. It helps us understand the uniqueness of both Jesus and Isaac when we understand Jesus and Isaac were the Only Promised Sons!! This is a term of uniqueness, not origin!! If the Jews had no trouble with Isaac being the only begotten then the Russellites should have no trouble with Christ being “only begotten”!

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 15

The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus was NOT resurrected in the body, in which He died; that God the Father gave Him another body for the little while He was back on the surface of the planet. Of all the verses the Russellites should hope not to appear in Scripture is John 20:26-28. “And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you”. Then saying He to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto Him, “My Lord and my God.” And Jesus said unto him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Thomas was not present at the first visit with the risen Christ. Like some of my brethren, he must have not thought the Sunday evening service was worthy of his attendance!! I hope their plight is not as Thomas. Thomas missed the message of that evening delivered in person by the risen Lord. Because he missed the message, he was not prepared and therefore did not believe that Christ had truly risen!! John 20:24 Being his own man, Thomas was not intimidated by the witnesses of Christ visit and in verse 25 was very bold in his denunciation of their testimony. Like a lot of people, Thomas ran his mouth when he should have listened to the other brethren! What is worse, like our brethren of this day, Thomas had to face the Lord with his lack of faith!! Verse 28 IS NOT an exclamation of surprise and astonishment; it is an address to the Lord, a statement of belief!! This is evident from the words he responded and said—he answered and said. This would be out of place before an exclamation. It introduces a reply to what Jesus said, and shows a firmly convinced attitude that He was Lord and God!! Jesus accepted the declaration of Thomas by His statement in the next verse: “Jesus said unto him, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Note: it was sight that convinced Thomas. He was convinced because he had SEEN the Lord, and it was truly Him!! The Jehovah’s (Lying) Witnesses state, remember, that Jesus appeared is some form assumed for the occasion, or was a phantom of some sort. Note: it was sight, it was the SAME BODY that had been crucified and Jesus was not daring him, Jesus was inviting Thomas to ‘REACH HITHER THY HAND, AND THRUST IT INTO MY SIDE’
It gets worse for the Lying Witnesses: Thomas called Jesus Lord and God!! Here, in John 20:28, the definite article appears!!! (You remember their argument about the ‘definite article’ don’t you?) In the margin of their 1951 edition of the New World Translation, they attempt to show by listing six scriptures (Exodus 22:8, Psalms 82:1, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1, John 1:18, John 10:35) that ‘my God” of John 20:28 really should be written “a god”. By their own lying they are trapped!! The definite article appears before THEOS is this passage!! It declares Jesus to be THE GOD!! They call Him Jehovah!! It would have been better for them to have left off their argument about the definite article they make such a stand with, would you not say??
I have often wondered why Thomas could have doubted that the Christ would not rise from the dead. He was with Christ at the resurrection of Lazarus; it was Thomas who chided the others about going to Jerusalem. I never have thought he had an improper motive for it was his immediate repentance that Jesus applauded. Who was in his seat the night of the resurrection, for there were 11 present? Mark 16:14, Matthew 28:16.