Question 13 – Stay Faithful During the “Great Tribulation” (One Mediator)


A SERIES OF POST ANSWERING AND COMPARING WATCHTOWER’S TEACHING TO THE WORD OF GOD

And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

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QUESTIONS 13 Watchtower asks. 

13. How can we strengthen our loyalty to Jehovah, and why must we do so now?

WATCHTOWER SAYS

Loyalty: The theme of the 2016 convention program was “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” This program taught us that if we have a strong personal relationship with Jehovah, we will be loyal to him. We were reminded that we can draw close to Jehovah through meaningful prayer and diligent study of his Word. Doing so gives us the strength to overcome even the most challenging obstacles. As Satan’s system nears its end, we can expect to face ever more difficult tests of loyalty to God and his Kingdom. We will likely continue to be the targets  of ridicule. (2 Pet. 3:3, 4) This may especially happen as our neutrality is tested more and more. We must strengthen our loyalty now so that we will remain loyal during the great tribulation.

THE BIBLE TEACHES 

Not having been at the JW’s convention, I do not know if they were taught that a strong personal relationship with YWHW is found only in a Covenant relationship. We learn from Genesis through Revelation that sin separates us from God, as written in Isaiah, “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Because of sin we are separated and we cannot approach God without a Mediator. Under the Old Covenant sins were forgiven as the priests offered animal sacrifices according to the Levitical Law. With the blood Covenant of Christ, the law is now obsolete “…For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 2:5 

Hopefully, at their convention, they learned that it is the gospel of Christ and His shed blood that brings peace with God so that we are able to have a relationship with Him and find our strength in the Lord Jesus, who is the only way to be reconciled to God. Acts 4 and Roman chapter 1 are two of the many passages where we learn that good deeds alone and human strength are not sufficient. 

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’ There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!” Acts 4:8-12

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Greek.…Romans 1:16

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

We are provided justification by God’s grace through our faith in Christ…

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but also we glory in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not make us ashamed, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, the One having been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

In the scripture reference  Watchtower gave to question 13, the lesson writer picked up in the middle of a sentence which causes the reader to miss something VITAL. If you read what they reference, you see that they leave out the mention of the Lord Jesus Christ and the command.

first knowing this, that in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following according to their own evil desires,  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For from the time that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4

Let’s look at what comes before in the written word:

Beloved, this is now the second letter I am writing to you, in both of which I am stirring up your pure mind in putting you in remembrance to be mindful of the words having been spoken beforehand by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, first knowing this, that in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following according to their own evil desires, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For from the time that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:1-4

I totally agree with them that we are to approach God with meaningful prayer and a study of His Word. A reminder here that there is the Holy Bible which is the written word and Christ Jesus the Living Word, or Logos. Watchtower materials make little mention of Christ or His atoning work on our behalf. The Old Testament prophesies tell of Christ coming and the New Testament reveals Him as the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

As Christians we should not be ridiculing JWs. Our God and Savior is not willing that any should perish and we should lovingly point out their need to be saved by grace through faith in Christ, because “The Lord does not delay the promise, as some esteem slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

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