Tenet 11 – Jesus Christ died as a “corresponding ransom” sacrifice, meaning as an exact equivalent to Adam, and therefore could not be God incarnate. He gave that sacrifice on behalf of obedient people who show by their behavior that they are worthy of eternal life.
THE BIBLE TEACHES
Watchtower teaches that Jesus was equivalent to Adam, but the Bible proves this couldn’t be so:
Psalm 49:7 Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life…
Christ, however, was a ransom for all who will receive Him.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Hosea 13:14 I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
Does obedience made a person worthy to receive eternal life? Jesus talked about people who were NOT worthy in Matthew 22. He explained the concept using a parable. Jesus told of a wedding supper where the king had invited many guest. Those who were issued invitations did not come to the supper. The behavior that kept them out was choosing not to accept the invitation. So this is what happened:
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
When the king came, he saw his guest. The room was full. One of those brought in, however, did not have on a proper wedding garment and was immediately cast out of the supper. Jesus told this parable to let us know how it will be at the end time when the church is called to the wedding supper with Christ as the groom. Both good and bad are being called and those who are clothed properly will be found worthy. So how are we to be clothed? The prophet Isaiah foresaw that day and described it:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
As for the ransom being for the obedient the Bible refutes that in Romans:
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Christ died for the sins of the world:
All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s trespasses against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus shed His blood while we were yet in our sins, He washed us.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…Revelation 1:5
As for obedience, the Bible teaches that obedience comes after we receive Christ by faith:
Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1:5
Jesus disciples once asked Him about works and they were told:
John: 26-29 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, it is not because you saw these signs that you are looking for Me, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father has placed His seal of approval on Him.” Then they inquired, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God: to believe in the One He has sent.”
WHAT DID THE JEWS BELIEVE ABOUT THE DEITY OF CHRIST?
The Pharisees and Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus. Here is what the Bible teaches about that:
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
John 5:18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus offered Himself once for all, a ransom for mankind.
…we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:14
He purchased the church (His body) with His blood and the Bible calls it God’s blood.
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28
Our obedience is because of what He did, we are to glorify God:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and we feel the invitation from the Father to receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are given the opportunity to accept what Christ did on our behalf or to reject it. Just as those invited to the wedding supper our decision determines whether we will be found worthy. When we receive Him, He gives us newness of life.
Romans 6:4 We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.