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The Deity of Jesus

Redi-Answers on Jehovah's Witness Doctrine


The Current Teaching Of The Watchtower Society:

In His Pre-existence, Jesus Christ was the angelic being described in the Bible as Michael the Archangel. He has only the power and nature of a created angelic being. The Society has drawn this conclusion and teaches this as a doctrine as a result of their understanding of certain Scripture references (Col 1:15-17 and Jhn 1:1. Also see Rev 3:14).

What the Bible Says about The DEITY OF JESUS:

In order to understand the Society's position on this issue and in order to be able to see the way in which they have deviated from and even deliberately changed the plain teaching of the Scriptures, we examine their translation of two key passages (as found in the 1984 edition of the Society's New World Translation):

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all [other] things were created in heavens and upon the earth, the thing visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist.Colossians 1:15 NWT

Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature:

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, or principalities, or powers:

all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17 KJV

 

In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the word was a god.John 1:1 NWT

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1 KJV

1. The Society Alters Bible Words & Their Meanings To Conform To Their Particular Views About The Deity Of Jesus Christ:

a. Words That Are Misunderstood...

The Meaning Of: "Beginning"

The Society understands the word to mean "that which comes at the start of something," but the Bible also uses this word to mean "the origin, source, and first cause, or, that which stands in the prime position."

See Rev 3:14

The Meaning Of: "Firstborn"

Priority, pre-eminence, prime position

Col 1:15

Although Esau was the firstborn, he could legitimately sell that position (his birthright) to his brother

Gen 24:31

Birthright transferred

1Ch 5:1

Firstborn Manasseh, second Ephraim -- yet the reverse order is spoken of in terms of birthright

Gen 41:51-52

Ephraim is my "firstborn"

Jer 31:9

David is firstborn, even though David was actually the youngest son in his family

Psa 89:27

b. Words That Have Been Altered...

Inserted the word "other"

Col 1:16, 17

Added "a" making Jesus a God

Jhn 1:1

2. FACT: The Bible Reveals That There Is Only One God...

There is no God with me

Deu 32:39

No God formed before me or after

Isa 43:10, 11

No God

Isa 44:6, 8

None else

Isa 45:5, 6, 21

None like me

Isa 46:9

3. FACT: The Bible Reveals That Jesus Is Called God...

The Word was God

Jhn 1:1

Thomas said: "My Lord and My God"

Jhn 20:28

God calls Jesus God

Hbr 1:8

I AM-God's name in the Old Testament

Exd 3:14

I AM-Before Abraham I AM

Jhn 8:58

Not robbery to be equal to God

Phl 2:6

4. FACT: The Bible Teaches That Jesus Is Deity...

It was prophesied

Isa 9:6

Acknowledged by Thomas

Jhn 20:18

Affirmed by the Apostles

Rom 9:5; Hbr 1:8

Acclaimed by witnesses

Jhn 1:14, 18

5. FACT: The Bible Teaches That Jesus Has The Attributes Of God The Father...

All powerful

Mat 28:18

All knowing

Col 2:3

Ever present

Mat 18:20>

Eternal

Jhn 1:1, 2, 15

6. FACT: The Bible Teaches That Jesus Is Worshipped By...

The Old Testament saints

Jos 5:13-15

The Demons

Mar 5:6

A certain blind man

Jhn 9:38

The Angels

Hbr 1:6

The Disciples

Luk 24:52

The Saints in glory

Rev 7:9, 10

Eventually, by everyone

Phl 2:10, 11; Mat 9:18; 15:25; 28:29

7. FACT: The Bible Teaches That Jesus Is Not An Angel...

No angel is or can ever be called God's son

Hbr 1:5, 6

World not in subjection to any angel

Hbr 2:5

He did not take on the nature of angels

Hbr 2:16

Glorified with God -- not the angels

Jhn 17:5

All power given to Him, in heaven and earth

Mat 28:18

He has a name that is above all names

Phl 2:9, 10

God will not share His glory with any other

Isa 42:8

Source:

Grieshaber, Erich, and Jean Grieshaber. "Trinity," Redi-Answers on Jehovah's Witness Doctrine. Blue Letter Bible. 1 Jul 2002. 12 Sep 2004.
<http://blueletterbible.org/study/cults/rajwd/rajwd31.html>.


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