IDENTIFYING THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
Who mediated the Law Covenant according to the scriptures? JWs teach Moses did this, but I think this is one of the first steps taken in changing the gospel and New Covenant of the Lord Jesus Christ to what they teach as a “Kingdom Covenant.” Please stay with me and see what you conclude!
Search the scriptures and one will not find any covenant after the establishment of the New Covenant.
The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.) that there is only one Mediator between God and man. This is backed up by what Paul wrote to the Galatians. Christ has always been the only Mediator.
DID MOSES OR CHRIST MEDIATE THE LAW COVENANT?
Christ wasn’t known in person when the law was given. However, it was by promise and the Law Covenant cannot be fully understood without understanding the first Covenant God made with Abraham, which was unconditional. It is found in Genesis 17 and explained in Romans 2:29. A careful reading of Galatians points to Christ as the Mediator of God’s covenants with mankind.
Galatians 3:15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. (God mediated the first covenant, and the last covenant. God in the Person of Christ is our Mediator.)
WATCHTOWER ATTEMPTS TO TRANSFER ALLEGIANCE FROM CHRIST TO THE KINGDOM
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society on their website have a page called “You Will Become a Kingdom of Priests.” On this page they teach that there is a Covenant called “The Kingdom Covenant.” The only mention of this covenant is in their New World Translation where they have changed Luke 22:28-30. The change is verse 29 which reads “29And I bestow on you a kingdom, just as My Father has bestowed on Me, which is changed to “and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom..” From this they teach the “Kingdom Covenant.” They have a purpose in making this change. The Bible does not teach anything about a Kingdom Covenant between God and men. The LORD, God Almighty established the New Covenant in Christ’s blood for the redemption of mankind. Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel spoke of it. Ezekiel called it the EVERLASTING Covenant. Malachi made sure the people would recognize Christ. Jesus was the writer of the Covenant with His own blood. Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:19-20, Romans 11:27.
On the JW website they make a bold statement. It reads, “There is no doubt that the Kingdom is the only solution to man’s problems.” Thus, allegiance is transferred from Christ to the kingdom for those who believe in and cling to Watchtower.
Those willing to transfer their allegiance from Christ and the New Covenant according to Watchtower and come under the Kingdom Covenant must make major changes to the gospel. Christ is no longer their mediator, but rather Watchtower teaches that the New Covenant was only instituted for 144,000 who will be priests for all who join Watchtower’s JW organization. They call them’ the great crowd or multitude’ mentioned in Revelation 7 who come out of the tribulation. (I don’t think JW recognize or teach Corinthians 15:51-53 or the Rapture.)
WATCHTOWER WOULD CHANGE THE ROLE OF CHRIST AS MEDIATOR AND ASSIGN IT TO THE 144,000
It is with this great heresy that they are then able to teach that Christ is only the mediator for 144,000 of the anointed JWs.
This may not be the first time this doctrine was taught, but in 1986 a Watchtower publication contained the following:
“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.” —Worldwide Security Under the “Prince of Peace,” 1986, p. 10
WATCHTOWER SPEAKS OF GRACE, BUT BELIEVES AND TEACHES SALVATION BY WORKS
Here is a copied and pasted message from their web-site. I am going to underline and place in italics the lines that are either troublesome or are unsupported and need to be considered because they are used to rewrite the gospel. Keep in mind that JWs will be directed to the New World Translation that has been written to teach their doctrine. While JW deny they preach a salvation of works look at the last line of this passage.
14. Who clearly benefit from the new covenant? 14 Upon learning that the 144,000 are in the new covenant, some may have thought that only these benefit from it. Perhaps they thought so because only anointed ones are to partake of the emblems at the annual Memorial of Christ’s death, where the wine represents the “blood of the covenant.” (Mark 14:24) Recall, though, that those in the new covenant are to be associates with Jesus as the “seed” of Abraham, by means of which all nations will be blessed. (Gal. 3:8, 9, 29; Gen. 12:3) Somehow, through the new covenant, Jehovah will fulfill his promise to bless all mankind through Abraham’s “seed.” 15. What role are the anointed foretold to have? 15 Jesus Christ, the primary part of the seed of Abraham, serves as High Priest, and he provided the perfect sacrifice that makes possible forgiveness of error and sin. (Read Hebrews 2:17, 18.) Yet, God long ago pointed forward to “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Ex. 19:6) In natural Israel the priests were from one tribe, and the kings were from a different tribe. So how would this promised nation of king-priests come about? The apostle Peter directed his first letter to ones who were sanctified by the spirit. (1 Pet. 1:1, 2) He referred to such ones as “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession.” (1 Pet. 2:9) Anointed Christians in the new covenant will thus serve as underpriests. Think of what that means! We daily struggle under the influence of sin, which still ‘rules as king.’ Those serving as underpriests will have had a similar experience. (Rom. 5:21) They will be aware of how it feels to make mistakes and grapple with guilt. So along with Christ, they will be able to sympathize with us as we overcome sinful tendencies. 16. What encouragement can the “great crowd” gain from Revelation 7:9, 14? 16 At Revelation 7:9, 14, the “great crowd” are seen “dressed in white robes,” which implies a clean standing with God. To be in line to survive “the great tribulation,” that great crowd is now being formed. Hence, even now these gain a certain righteous standing before God. They are being declared righteous as Jehovah’s friends. (Rom. 4:2, 3; Jas. 2:23) What a benefit that is! If you are part of the great crowd, you can be sure that God is willing to work with you as you strive to remain clean in his eyes.
A major difference in what Watchtower teaches and what the Bible teaches is shown in how we become clean and are declared righteous.
Philippians 3:8-9 More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Christ came from heaven, the Word living in flesh to do the will of the Father. Jesus was His name on earth and He lived a sinless life only to be crucified by His own people. He died as our propitiation and was resurrected, overcoming death and the grave for all mankind. The entire Bible points to Jesus and teaches “whosoever will.”
In the New Testament Christ said our work is to do the will of the Father. In John chapter six, Christ tells us what that work is…
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent…
Our righteousness is found only in Christ. Those with white robes are cleansed, not by works, but by blood.
Revelation 7:13 “Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO PERVERT THIS GOSPEL?
Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
STEPPING OUT OF DECEPTION
It must be a personal decision. The only way to be free of deception is to decide that Christ is the Savior/Redeemer of mankind and that the Bible teaches the truth – the written truth and the Living Truth. Refuse to add to or detract from God’s word or follow a group who would do this. Finally, repent (turn) and believe the gospel.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.