Sunday, August 13, 2006

Jesus is not Mediator?

The Bible tells us Jesus is the Only Mediator between God and man...but what does the WT have to say?

*** Watchtower 1979 April 1 p.31 Questions from Readers *** Questions from Readers • Is Jesus the "mediator" only for anointed Christians? The term "mediator" occurs just six times in the Christian Greek Scriptures and Scripturally is always used regarding a formal covenant. Moses was the "mediator" of the Law covenant made between God and the nation of Israel. (Gal. 3:19, 20) Christ, though, is the "mediator of a new covenant" between Jehovah and spiritual Israel, the "Israel of God" that will serve as kings and priests in heaven with Jesus. (Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24; Gal. 6:16) At a time when God was selecting those to be taken into that new covenant, the apostle Paul wrote that Christ was the "one mediator between God and men." (1 Tim. 2:5) Reasonably Paul was here using the word "mediator" in the same way he did the other five times, which occurred before the writing of 1 Timothy 2:5, referring to those then being taken into the new covenant for which Christ is "mediator." So in this strict Biblical sense Jesus is the "mediator" only for anointed Christians.The new covenant will terminate with the glorification of the remnant who are today in that covenant mediated by Christ. The "great crowd" of "other sheep" that is forming today is not in that new covenant. However, by their associating with the "little flock" of those yet in that covenant they come under benefits that flow from that new covenant. During the millennium Jesus Christ will be their king, high priest and judge. For more detailed information, see Aid to Bible Understanding, pages 1129 and 1130 under "Mediator"; also God's "Eternal Purpose" Now Triumphing for Man's Good, page 160, paragraph 10;

*also The Watchtower issues of February 15, 1966, pages 105 through 123; November 15, 1972, pages 685 and 686, under the subheading "Leading the Way to a New Covenant"; and April 1, 1973, pages 198 and 199, under the subheading "The New Covenant." *** Worldwide Security Under the "Prince of Peace" (1986) pp.10-11 ch.1 The Desire for Peace and Security Worldwide *** 16 Just as the ancient nation of Israel was in a covenant relationship with Jehovah God through the mediator Moses, so the nation of spiritual Israel, "the Israel of God," has a covenant relationship through a mediator. (Galatians 6:16) It is as the apostle Paul wrote to his Christian fellow worker: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5) Was Moses the mediator between Jehovah God and mankind in general? No, he was the mediator between the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the nation of their fleshly descendants. Likewise, the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members. This spiritual nation is like a little flock of Jehovah's sheeplike ones.—Romans 9:6; Revelation 7:4.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Jesus is LORD- R.A. Torrey

A) Jesus's divine attributes prove His Diety. All the distinctively divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ, and in Him is said to dwell "all the fullness of the Godhead" Col 2:9 There are five distinctively divine attributes, that is attributes that God alone possesses.1) Omnipotence2) Omniscience3) Omnipresence4) Eternity5) Immutability... Each one of these distinctively divine attributes is ascribed to Jesus Christ.1) Omnipotence - We are taught that Jesus had power over diesease, death, winds, the sea and demons, they were all subject to his word. Ephesians 1:21 "Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every named that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come." For some context read Ephesians 1:20 this talks about what God the Father did with Jesus after he raised him from the dead.Hebrews 1:3 "He upholds all things by the word of His power"2) Omniscience - We are taught in the Bible that Jesus knew men's lives, even their secret histories, that He knew the secret thoughts of men, knew all men what was in manJohn 4:19,19 "Jesus said to her, Go call your husband and come here, (17) The woman answered and said I have no husband, Jesus said to her You have well said I have no husband. (18) For you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband. In that you spoke truly (19) The woman said to Him, sir I perceive that You are a prophet."Mark 2:8 "But immidiately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus withing themselves, He said to them, Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?"We are told in 2 Chronicles 6:30 "then hear from heaven You dwelling place, and forgive and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men"John 16:30 "Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that you came forth from God."Colossians 2:3 "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."3) Omnipresence - is also ascribed to Jesus Christ.Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them."Matthew 28:20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age. AmenMatthew 14:20 "At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me and I in you."2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves as to wheather you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified." (Or do not stand the test)4) Eternity - is also ascribed to Jesus ChristJohn 1:1 "in the begining was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."John 8:58 "Jesus said to them, most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." Note that Jesus did not merely say "before Abraham I was," but before Abraham was I AM thus declaring Himself to be the eternal I Am.Exodus 3:14 "And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you."Even in the old testement is there a declaration of the eternity of the Christ who was to be born in Bethlehem.Micah 5:2 "But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth the Me The One to be ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting."5) Immutability - This is also taughtHebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."Hebrews 1:11,12 They (the heavens) will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same and Your years will not fail."

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Laurie's Story-as a new born babe in Christ

What if you woke up one morning and realized that everything you've been taught, everything you've known, everything you've thought was truth was not. As a matter of fact, everything was a lie. And this lie was taught to you by the people you love most in the world, your parents. This has been what has been revealed to me over the last few years of my life.
You see, I grew up in a religion that claimed to be God's sole channel of communication to mankind on Earth. And everything pointed to us being right. In our religion we were taught not to smoke, not to drink too much, not to do anything contrary to the Ten Commandments. We were a religious people, and after all weren't we the ones that went out and preached the good news from door to door like Jesus taught. Growing up in this religion was not easy as a child. I would look around at the people and I didn't see people filled with the love of God. As a matter of fact, when church was over, us kids couldn't wait to get together and gossip over someone who we saw smoking; and like the little Pharisees that we were, we would sit there on our little holier-than thou thrones, looking down on the rest of the world. But we were allowed to because as our parents taught us "we have the truth". For myself, I must admit I did like attending church. Not because of what I was learning, because I questioned a lot of what I was being taught, but because I could get together with my friends and socialize. For me, going to church was no different than belonging to a social club, and it was as much of a blessing as attending an outing to the zoo or MacDonald's, only I would probably have agreed with more of what I was taught at the zoo.
We were taught that we were God's happy people. We were the chosen ones and every other church was "of the Devil", Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion. We were really special. This was evident by how we didn't salute the flag, sing Oh Canada, or celebrate pagan holidays. We were taught the cross was evil and that's why all the churches had them in them and on them. This would make us cringe as young people. From the time we were little we were taught to hate the cross, and to fear them and anything to do with false religion.As a little girl I was taught to sing a song in kindergarten. It was "JESUS loves me". I loved it and came home singing it one day. It didn't go over too well. Mom said I should not sing with the worldly kids at school. They believed in a different GOD, a false god, a freakish looking three-headed GOD. We had the one true GOD of the BIBLE. His name was Jehovah, and HE was only to be worshipped. I was a pretty good little girl growing up as a Jehovah Witness, but I wasn't very happy.
I thought, if we are so right, and we are GOD's happy people, where was this joy? Where was this peace? In my own home my parents were never happy. They fought continuously, and I remember I would scream at the top of my lungs "Stop, Mommy and Daddy", and I would run into my bedroom and cry. I would beg Jehovah to make them stop. I remember praying that He would make them split up to stop the fighting. I was desperate. I just couldn't see how this was the truth when my Mom and Dad had no victory over this. And when the church leaders would counsel them, they would just say, "You need to get out to more meetings, and you need to get out in the field service more". So they would, but nothing changed. I grew more and more bitter as the years went by. I hated church, I hated school, and I wasn't crazy about this Jehovah GOD or my parents. Don't get me wrong, I did love my parents, but I hated this life they had brought me into. I would say to my Mom, "Is this the truth we are in? Why does GOD hate us so much, why won't he help us?"
I was getting more and more depressed with this life that was so messed up. I would take a bottle of my parents' booze and go and sit on the edge of the cliffs and look out at the lake with its beautiful colors and think, "oh GOD, why me'? Why does everyone else have nice lives but me, why is my life so unstable, so crazy?" So I would talk to the GOD who I wasn't sure was out there, and if he was, he sure didn't like Laurie.
I found that drinking helped me to cope with my pain, temporarily. It numbed my brain. I could escape for a while. Then I started doing drugs, like pot and LSD. Then I really escaped to far away lands and tried to escape from reality. One night I took acid with my boyfriend at the time who wanted to be Nazi. He hung around with some people that were, from the looks of them, pretty hard core hate mongers. There was this little sixteen-year-old girl doing LSD with people that loved Hitler. One man looked like a two hundred pound Hitler. He had the Hitler mustache and a swastika tattoo on his arm. That night I came under demonic attack so strong that I cried out to GOD all night, begging Him to spare my life and my sanity. It was a night of living hell on earth.
That sent me back to church when GOD spared my life and I was going to do it right this time. No more drugs, no more partying, no more skin-head boyfriends. I would straighten out my life and be a good Jehovah Witness. However, I heard things at the meetings that I could never believe, so I tried and tried, but it was no use, I couldn't believe this. Therefore, I kind of made up my own religion. There was a GOD, there was no hell. The Bible was maybe partly true, but church was boring and only hypocrites go there. Then I met a guy that really caught my eye. He was not bad looking, he partied, and drove a really nice white Trans Am. All the prerequisites of good husband material, or so I thought. He asked me to live with him at his Dad's house, so I moved in quite swiftly. This way I could have the freedom from the Jehovah Witnesses I so longed for. However, I ended up spending 2 years looking after this man and his father. Not too much freedom there. I still had this hunger in my heart for GOD though. I remember laying hung over and listening to the church bells Sunday morning, and longing to go to church, just out of curiosity. I said to my fiancé whoever bought me the ring he promised, "We should go to church some morning". He looked at me like I was nuts and said "Have you lost it?" I would try and talk about GOD with him. He would only say that he believed in hell, and it was the Bermuda Triangle. That was what he believed, and he was sticking to it. I gave up even trying to talk about GOD.
I don't know why, but I cared very deeply for this person and stayed with him, even though he was extremely physically abusive. After 2 years of trying to make it work, I beat him up and left. There I was, I had just paid back the one who I loved by beating him up, and I was proud. I was quite a hulkster and I had proven it by beating on the one who I was wanting to spend the rest of my life with. I bragged about it to all my friends, how held got what he had coming, and I really showed him. But inside, I was dying. My heart ached, my mind was fried and I hated men. They were all rotten jerks and should be treated like the scoundrels that they are. There I was at home again, hating men, going back to the Kingdom Hall (only for appearances) and bitter with life, and very bitter towards GOD.
I started into the next year of my life in a downward spiral that was so dark and so depraved that I find it hard to go there. I was miserable. I was the woman at the well. I was hurting so much I was like a song I used to listen to,"Just two lost souls living in a fish bowl", only I was the only fish in my bowl. And I just wanted to float to the top and disappear.
In a state of desperation I cried out "GOD, if you are really there, please send me someone who really knows who you are, man or woman, I don't care, just a friend who can show me who you are".
TWO WEEKS LATER... In walked into the room Mike Antonio. "You are Italian!" I could tell he was. No one who's not Italian is that handsome. But it was more than looks that caught my eye with this man. It was this kindness in his eyes I was not familiar with. It was Jesus I was seeing in his eyes, but I didn't know it at the time. Such love. He asked me out to a church. This church was different than anything I had ever seen. The people really looked as though they wore actually getting through to GOD. 'I was amazed at how they would lift their hands in the air to GOD, some were crying, some were kneeling before the altar.
I thought, "This is completely wacky. What is with these people?" Secretly I longed for what they had. I was singing songs to JESUS and to the Holy Spirit. I had this amazing love for JESUS in my heart. I thought, "This is wrong", but my heart felt so good lifting up His name. I basically didn't know the Bible well enough to know that what I was doing was more than just OK, it was necessary, because the Bible says some day "Every knee will bow to Jesus, every tongue will confess that HE IS LORD". But I didn't know that.
And one day I did the unthinkable, according to the religion that I had been raised with, I asked JESUS into my heart, and to be my Lord and Savior. I wasn't sure what all that meant, but my heart was somehow touched by the love of JESUS. I would say "I could feel HIS love for me in my heart". But my Dad said, "It's all emotionalism. It's not real. There's more to it than that!" I started to question what had happened. However, JESUS had a plan for my life. He had brought me this far, He" wouldn't let me go now... I started listening to Mike as he discussed the Bible with my parents.
One day as we were discussing who JESUS was, Mike quoted a Scripture. It said "When GOD brings His firstborn into the world He says 'let all GOD's angels worship him"'. That Scripture penetrated-my heart so powerfully, I thought, "Wait a minute, JESUS is to be worshipped. What! How can this be?" As Mike showed me Scriptures about JESUS, I found out He was worshipped all the time by people in the Bible. He never rebuked them. He never said "Get up", or "Don't worship me. I am a fellow servant," like any of the angels or people in the Bible who anyone tried to worship. JESUS always gladly accepted worship. This could only mean one thing. He was GOD. I had to confront the fact that I had been ripped off of the truth about JESUS. And the more I researched into my former religion, I found lie after lie after lie. Everything I had known to be true, everything I had been taught to be true, was in fact a lie. I was at a crossroads. And I had a lot on the line.
If I stand for JESUS I may be labeled an apostate. I may lose my family. I may lose my friends I've grown up with who are like family. I had a choice, deny JESUS, or risk losing my family.
Sure you may say, "that's easy, of course you pick Jesus." It wasn't that easy at all. I still had an attachment to my parents. I was still struggling with alcohol and my heart was being torn in two. But JESUS was there. He walked me through. I found out that He is a suffering GOD and He suffers right along side of me. He has sent me His Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and has promised to never leave me or forsake me. He has given me strength to overcome alcohol addiction. It wasn't easy. I had to put my hand to the plow. But it was His strength. And the Scripture that says "Surely He carried our sorrows", that is what He does. He carries us through the valleys. I was faced with losing everything, and also forced to deal with the fact that I was deceived into believing a lie, and also my whole life had been a lie. I had to learn that everything was the complete opposite of what I had been taught. I had to face that we, as Jehovah's happy people, had been serving the enemy by calling the church that He loved and died for "Babylon the Great, World Empire of False Religion". In fact, we were part of this False Religion that Paul warned would rise up in the last days and deceive many. But, hallelujah, JESUS is so full of mercy and forgiveness, He still called me His own and loved me.
And there is nothing like a personal relationship with JESUS. I am getting to know Him more and more every day. And I'm living proof of His great mercy. If HE can forgive me, the chief of sinners, His arms are open wide to you too. He loves you. He desires you to know Him, to be intimate with Him, to seek HIS face, to bask in HIS presence, to grow in the knowledge of HIS love and grace, - and to behold HIM as the great I AM, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty GOD, Everlasting Father I, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel (GOD with us), Our Rock, Our Great GOD and Savior JESUS CHRIST.
Oh, how great Thou art.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take council together: who hath declared it since ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the Lord. And there is no God else beside me, a Just God and a Savior; there is NONE beside me. Isaiah 45:21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall come to save His people from their sins Matthew 1:21

Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us Matthew 1:23
Who is like the Lord?
CREATOR The Father: Job 33:4, Isaiah 40:28, Genesis 1:1
The Son Jesus: John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:10-12
SAVIOR The Father: Psalms 106:21, Isaiah 45:21-23, Isaiah 43:3,11
The Son Jesus: John 4:42, 1 John 4:14, Acts 4:12
KING The Father: Jeremiah 10:10, Isaiah 44:6, Psalms 47:8
The Son Jesus: Matthew 2:1-6, Luke 23:3, John 19:21
JUDGE The Father: Joel 3:12, Genesis 18:25, Hebrews 12:23
The Son Jesus: 2 Timothy 4:1, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:10
I AM The Father: Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 43:10, Deuteronomy 32:39
The Son Jesus: John 8:24, John 8:58, John 13:19, John 18:5
ROCK The Father: Isaiah 17:10, 2 Samuel 22:32, Deuteronomy 32:4
The Son Jesus: 1 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Peter 2:6-8, Numbers 20:10-11
SHEPHERD The Father: Isaiah 40:11, Psalms 100, Psalms 23
The Son Jesus: John 10:11, Hebrews 13:20, 1 Peter 5:4
LIGHT The Father: Isaiah 60:20, Psalms 27:1
The Son Jesus: John 8:12, Luke 2:23, John 1:9
FIRST AND LASTThe Father: Isaiah 48:12, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 41:4
The Son Jesus: Revelation 1:17, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 22:13

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Oh THY face to behold!

Jesus, sweet Jesus, Almighty, Divine,Draw us near to your heart Lord With your power sublime!We are gracious, sweet Jesus to have your life on our hearts, You quicken our spirits and give us fresh brand new starts. You bring us to the cross, and help us to know the dark day...when you were beaten and peirced though you were the Life Truth, and Way. And we stumble before you with our sins all laid bare...The people laugh and they mock you...Place a crown of thorns in your hair. And around your shoulders they place a bright purple robe, all the while not knowing The Lamb of God they behold. Like a Gentle LambYou look down at the fold...That you loved enough to die for, Oh thy face to behold! With tears in your eyes Lord...While the world doen't care...They just won't surrender To your Majesty hanging there...And darkness falls them and your heart breaks in two, "Oh Precious Father where art Thou" And your spirit then flew...You said "It is finished"!!!!It was a cry of Victory!!! So sins could be forgiven, and blinded eyes see...Your love is unending and to me a mystery, Oh Dear Lord, we so unworthy can have such a hope in thee! Oh Lord please lead us...Take us back to the cross...Our hearts are just bleeding for the sin sick and lost...Oh how much we long to Embrase your sweet face!!!And praise you and thank you for such Mercy and Grace!!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Is the Holy Spirit a force?

I am putting on an extensive list concerning the person of the Holy Spirit. The JW's teach the Holy Spirit is a mere force, but this list will be a challenge to them for sure:

The Holy Spirit(can be) grieved Eph. 4:30 (cf. IThess 4:13)(can be) insulted Heb 10:29(can be) known* John 14:17(can be) lied to Acts 5:3,4 (cf. Heb 6:18)(can be) received John 14:17 ICor 2:12can be resisted Acts 7:51can be spoken against Matt 12:31,32 Mark 3:29 Lk.12:10(can be) tested Acts 5:9is called Eternal John 14:16 (Heb 9:14)is called God: Acts 5:4is called Lord: 2Cor 3:17,18is from Heaven Matt 3:16 Mark 1:10 Lk.3:22 John 1:32is Holy: Matt 12:32 Acts 5:3 13:2 (Rom.1:4)is our Helper: John 14:16,26 15:26 16:7 (Paraclete)is Truth: 1John 5:6 (cf. 1John 2:20-27)adopts Rom. 8:15appoints Acts 20:28 (cf. Acts 1:7 IThess 5:9)baptized in His Name*bears witness John 15:26 Heb 10:15 1John 5:6bears witness with Rom. 8:16 (cf. Rom.2:15 9:1)comforts Acts 9:31 (cf. 2Cor. 1:3)declares John 16:13,I4,15did many other things John 16:12,13did not permit Acts 16:7 (cf. Acts 14:16)dispatches Acts 10:20Divinely reveals Luke 2:26dwells within John 14:17 Rom.8:9,11 (cf. Mark 9:25)forbids Acts 16:6 (cf. Luke 9:49,50 11:52 18:16)(gives) Life* John 6:63 2Cor.3:6gives* (ability) 1Cor.12:7-11gives* Acts 2:4Glorifies another John 16:13,14guides* John 16:13 (cf. Act6 8:31)hears John 16:13 (cf. John 11:42 1John 4:6)helps Rom. 8:26 (cf. Luke 10:40)instructs Nehemiah 9:20Leads Acts 4:1 Luke 4:1 Rom.8:14Longs (yearns) James 4:5Loves* Rom. 15:30 (cf. 1 John 4:8)makes it plain Heb 9:8 1Pet.1:11pleads Rom. 8:26,27 (cf. Rom.11:2)raised Christ Rom. 8:11receives John 16:14,15remains John 14:17 (cf. 1John 4:12,15)reminds John 14:26reproves John 16:8 (cf. Titus 1:9 Heb 12:5)reveals 1Cor 2:10 (cf. Gal 1:15,16)searches 1Cor 2:10 (cf. Rom.8:27 IPet.1:11)sends Acts 13:4shares 2Cor.13:14signifies Acts 11:28Snatches away Acts 8:39 (cf. John 10:28,29 2Cor 12:2speaks (directly) Acts 8:29 10:19 11:12 13:2 (cf.19:15speaks aptly Acts 28:25speaks skillfully 1Tim 4:1 (cf. Acts 24:1 orator)teaches* Luke 12:12 John 14:26 (cf. John 8:28)thinks Acts 15:28 (cf. Acts 15:25)thoroughly witnesses Acts 20:23 (cf. Luke 16:28 Acts 2:40)thrusts out Mark 1:12(wants us to be) baptized Matt 28:19wills 1Cor 12:11 (cf. 2Pet.3:9)witnesses Acts 5:32 (cf. Acts 2:32 3:15)
Please feel free to copy this to help the JW's close to your heart, or who come knocking at your door.

A visit with Jim

We went to visit Jim, a dear brother from our church, who was struck blind after having a cancerous tumor removed from his brain. Even though he has been through so much, he had a big smile on his face, and his only complaint was he could no longer read his Bible! He was lovebombed by our son Isaiah, who gave him a big sloppy kiss, which he no doubt is still trying to wipe off..LOL
I just seek prayer that this dear brother would shine with the light and love of Jesus in that nursing home, and for witnessing opportunities for him to share Jesus!
You are sooooooo loved Jim! Keep up those labours of love in Jesus!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Jesus Christ lives!

HAPPY Glorious Resurection Sunday! He is RISEN!

He lives! And because He lives, all fear is gone!

And I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living, just because He lives!

Justifies the many
Exalts the humble
Saves the lost
Unfailing is His love
Straightens the crooked path

Cleanses us from all sin
Heals the brokenhearted
Rebukes the sons He loves
Instructs us with wisdom
Shelter for the weary
Tower of strength for the weak!

Keep praising His Wonderful Name above EVERY Name saints! He is coming soon!
We love you Jesus, because YOU first loved us!