Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Watchtower and the Mediation of Christ.

Jehovah's Witnesses are told (at least the vast majority of them) that Jesus is not their mediator. (1 Tim. 2:5) Their Bible Dictionary: Insight on the Scriptures (1988), under the heading: Those for Whom Christ is Mediator, says:
The Watchtower
“The apostle Paul declares that there is ‘one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all’—for both Jews and Gentiles. (1 Ti 2:5,6) He mediates the new covenant between God and those taken into the new covenant, the congregation of spiritual Israel. (Heb 8:10-13; 12:24; Eph 5:25-27) Christ became Mediator in order that the ones called ‘might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance’ (Heb 9:15); he assists, not the angels, but ‘Abraham’s seed.’ (Heb 2:16) He assists those who are to be brought into the new covenant to be ‘adopted’ into Jehovah’s household of spiritual sons; these eventually will be in heaven as Christ’s brothers, becoming a part with him of the seed of Abraham. (Ro 8:15-17, 23-25; Ga 3:29) He has transmitted to them the promised holy spirit, with which spirit they are sealed and are given a token of what is to come, their heavenly inheritance. (2Co 5:5; Eph 1:13,14) The total number of those who are finally and permanently sealed is revealed in Revelation 7:4-8 as 144,000.”—Insight on the Scriptures, Vol. 2, page 362.

The publication, "Worldwide Security Under the 'Prince of Peace'" on pp. 10-11 says,

      "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." 

And the Watchtower from 1979 April 1 p.31 concurs,

      "Is Jesus the "mediator" only for anointed Christians? … So in this strict Biblical sense Jesus is the "mediator" only for anointed Christians. …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."

 The quotations above officially excludes millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses from true reconciliation with God. Hebrews is the only letter in the New Testament that explains Jesus’ priesthood and it specifically limits it to those in the New Covenant.

"But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. - Hebrews 7:24-26 HCSB


Now the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation ), He entered the holy of holies once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. - Hebrews 9:11-12 HCSB

“For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring. Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”—Heb. 2:16,17 HCSB

Why is this important? It is because of the nature of the Gospel and the nature of propitiation. Propitiation is the removal of God's wrath. "For God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." (Romans 1:18 HCSB) "They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood." (Romans 3:24-25a HCSB) "For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sin." (Matthew 26:28 HCSB) Jesus' death is the sin offering that turns away God's wrath and forgives the sins of those in the New Covenant. If you are not in the New Covenant, you are in covenant with Adam, and thus under the Wrath of God. "For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22 HCSB, compare with Romans 5:12-21)

Ask the next Witness who calls on you who is his mediator? If he says Jesus Christ, ask him if he is in the New Covenant? If is not in the New Covenant what covenant relationship is he in other then the Prelaspsarian Ademic Covenant? The vast majority of Witnesses are even forbidden from taking communion. They have no part theologically and practically in the body and blood of Christ. They have no basis to claim to be sons of God or the children of Abraham. So, they don't have Jesus Christ as the mediator between themselves and a Holy God because they are told they are not in the New Covenant. They have not experienced the new birth, and are thus dead in their sins (Eph. 2:1-9). They can't claim to be saints, and thus much of the New Testament isn't even written to them or for them. Does the witness at your door view himself as a son of God? If he is not a son, how can he speak of Jehovah God as his Father? Is he led by God’s spirit? If so, how can he deny being a sons of God when the apostle Paul said “All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.”—Romans 8:14 HCSB

What the Watchtower teaches here is demonic.  It denies people the only way that they can be saved, that is through the Gospel. The Gospel is that "God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." (Romans 4:24-25 NIV) They claim that you do not have to have Christ as your mediator to be saved.  But the words of Christ the Lord are crystal clear: "So Jesus said to them, 'I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day,'"(John 6:53-54 HCSB)

If you are a Jehovah's Witness, please hear me:  You don't need the Watchtower or the "Faithful Slave", you need JESUS and the forgiveness of sins he offers in the New Covenant.  Outside of that, you have no hope.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your comment about Jesus not being the mediator is incorrect. All JW's learn though prayer and study that he is indeed the mediator to Jehovah God - very contrary to what you are saying here.

Matthew said...

*** w79 4/1 31 Questions from Readers ***
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.

*** w79 11/15 26 Benefiting from "One Mediator Between God and Men" ***
20 What, then, is Christ’s role in this program of salvation? Paul proceeds to say: “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men [not, all men], a man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all.”—1 Tim. 2:5, 6.

*** w89 8/15 31 Questions From Readers ***
The people of all nations who have the hope of everlasting life on earth benefit even now from Jesus’ services. Though he is not their legal Mediator, for they are not in the new covenant, he is their means of approaching Jehovah.

***Worldwide Security 1986, p10 The Desire for Peace and Security Worldwide ***
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.

*** w89 8/15 31 Questions From Readers ***
Consequently, 1 Timothy 2:5, 6 is not using “mediator” in the broad sense common in many languages. It is not saying that Jesus is a mediator between God and all mankind. Rather, it refers to Christ as legal Mediator (or, “attorney”) of the new covenant, this being the restricted way in which the Bible uses the term.

*** w89 12/15 30 Do You Remember? ***
• In what sense does Paul use the term “mediator” when referring to Jesus at 1 Timothy 2:5, 6? In this text, Paul uses the Greek word me·si'tes for “mediator,” which term has a legal significance, so he is not using this word in the broad sense common in many languages. Hence, Paul is not saying that Jesus is Mediator between God and all mankind. Rather, he is referring to Christ as legal Mediator of the new covenant, which laid the basis for Christ’s anointed followers to share with him in his heavenly Kingdom. (2 Corinthians 5:1, 5; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Hebrews 8:7-13)—8/15, pages 30, 31.

*** w93 1/1 5 New Creations Brought Forth! ***
Jesus became the Mediator of a new covenant between God and a select group of men. Each of these has become “a new creation,” begotten by God’s spirit to a heavenly hope, with the prospect of ruling with Jesus in his heavenly Kingdom.—2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6; Hebrews 9:15.

*** w79 11/15 27 One Mediator Between God and Men ***
"They recognize that they are not spiritual Israelites in the new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ, nor part of the "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation."-1 Pet. 2:9. 24 Yet they do benefit from the operation of the new covenant. They benefit from this just as, in ancient Israel, the "alien resident" benefited from residing in among the Israelites who were in the Law covenant.-Ex. 20:10; Lev. 19:10, 33, 34; Rev. 7:9-15. 25 To keep in relationship with "our Savior, God," the "great crowd" needs to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites."

Matthew said...

*** Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 2 p.362 Mediator - Blessings to Mankind in General ***
"He mediates the new covenant between God and those taken into the new covenant, the congregation of spiritual Israel. …The total number of those who are finally and permanently sealed is revealed in Revelation 7:4-8 as 144,000."

"While Jesus' mediatorship operates solely toward those in the new covenant, he is also God's High Priest and the Seed of Abraham. In fulfilling his duties in these latter two positions, he will bring blessings to others of mankind, for all the nations are to be blessed by means of Abraham's seed."

*** w91 2/15 8 ***
"Christ does not act as Mediator of the new covenant toward them, yet they benefit from this covenant through the work of God's Kingdom. Christ still acts toward them, however, as High Priest, through whom Jehovah can and does apply the ransom to the extent of their now being declared righteous as God's friends. (Compare James 2:23.)"

Shall I continue? If you're not "anointed" then according to the Society, Jesus isn't your mediator. I have offered several quotes from Watchtower literature. If I am wrong, provide the relevant quotes from other Watchtower Literature please.

Anonymous said...

Well, that shut him up.

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