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A letter to the Jehovah's Witness:

 

 

Here is a copy of a letter I wrote to a,

Jehovah's Witness,

who contacted us about how he feels we are teaching Jesus falsely.  This is my reply.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for contacting me.  My name is Steve Tassi.

 

I understand that you are a "Jehovah’s Witness" and that you are not speaking for them but you are perhaps one of their followers and are expressing a personal concern.

 

Perhaps you are a person merely speaking for yourself in an attempt of defending the teachings of the Bible and I highly respect you for that.  We all must give account one day in the Name of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

(Titus 2:13)  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Who will appear?  Jesus, our Great God and Savior.

 

You mentioned many things in your letters that concern you.  I will address only one if that is OK.  You mentioned the "rapture" and we understand that many people differ on this topic of "eschatology".  But since the most important thing at risk is the nature of God and who is His Son, then this will be the focus of my reply.  We know that if you have a pre tribulation or mid tribulation or post tribulation view or even if you believe there is no tribulation or there is no millennium at all, this does not matter if you don’t know who Jesus is and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  For example an Islamist could hold to your exact conception of the end of all things (eschatology) and not go to heaven because they deny the true God.

 

So I will speak on the topic of the nature of Jesus Christ.  We hold to the teaching of the "Trinity", which has been accepted as Christian Orthodoxy for 2000 years of church history.  Not only do we believe the Trinity it is found in the Canon or closing of Gods Holy Scriptures which are the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments, but we also agree with the earliest of the church fathers writings that mention the word trinity as early as 160 A.D. by Turtullian.  Of course we don’t accept the church fathers writing as authority over the Bible any more than we accept any argument you may have until we compare them to the only infallible inspired special revelation to mankind, the Bible.

 

The word "Trinity" is not found in scripture but this is not a problem as we use many words that are not in the Bible to explain the bible such as for example, your conception that is called "Unitarianism".  Unitarianism is not found in the Bible but it is an accepted word used in higher thinking to establish how you view God.  The word that is most like the word Trinity that is in the Bible is the word “Godhead”.  It means "divinity" and denotes plurality.  We find it used for Jesus in Paul’s letter to the Colossians and describes Jesus and the fullness of His nature and divinity. 

(Colossians 2:9)  For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

 

It is this Biblical Jesus who I preach to you today.  This verse in Colossians 2:9 is literally teaching that Jesus is all the divinity of God in bodily form.  So in Phil 2 a passage you brought up, it says about Jesus that He humbled Himself and became a man.  We see here that Jesus preexisted.  We reject the teaching that Jesus is an angel.  And there is only one way that He preexisted and yet could manifest Himself to mankind is that which the bible truly teaches; He is God in the flesh, the second Person of the Trinity.  He is not God the Father as we know He submits to the Father.  He is God the Son.  Not separate gods but one God in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

 

You need to notice in Matthew 28 it says “Name”, here in this verse is singular of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus and the Holy Spirit share the Names of God.  They are one Name three Persons.

(Matthew 28:19)  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

It is hard to even engage you about if Jesus is an angel or not since your bible the "New World Translation" has changed the teachings of the true Bible from the original manuscripts.  If you would like to discuss this from the "King James Bible" then we can perhaps continue this topic in the future. 

 

You can see if you go to the "JESUS WAS WORSHIPPED AS GOD" page of this website to see one of the ways the "New World Translation" has been changed.

 

Also I can provide many personal references from Greek Scholars that are not even Christians who reject your translation as a possible correct translation.

 

We also know that the translators of the "New World Translation" were not scholars in the original languages therefore they cannot be taken seriously.  We know these elders were not qualified to retranslate the Bible as we know at least one of them was asked in a court if he could translate a simple verse from the original language and he could not.

 

 

 

In reality your conception of God is much like anyone walking down the street in Western Civilization.  I walk the streets often sharing Jesus with people and most of them say there is a God and yes they will say God is in the Bible and He is the Father and yes probably agree His name is Jehovah and He did have a Son that is a man and lived and inspired his followers to write a book called the "New Testament".  Most people will agree with your assessment of Jesus.  But Jesus wasn’t crucified for this idea.  He was crucified for claiming to be God and as this outraged the "Unitarians" of His times (the Jews) and they delivered Him up to be killed because they found Him guilty of blaspheme which was Jesus making Himself equal with God.

(John 5:18)  Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

 

You must realize that the Jews (who were the Unitarians of Jesus times), were told by the Apostle Paul that they needed to turn from Satan to God. 

(Acts 26:17,18)  I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'

 

Jesus is, “God with us”.

(Matthew 1:23)  "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."

 

“God was manifest in the flesh” in the Person of Jesus Christ. 

(1 Timothy 3:16)  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

 

Who was manifest in the flesh?  Jesus who is the WORD.

(John 1:14)  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

“The WORD was God”.

(John 1:1)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

You used this verse and said Jesus is not God. But this verse actually proves that He is. 

(John 17:5)  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

 

Now look at, (Isaiah 42:8)  I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.

 

This is YHWH (Jehovah) speaking clearly and He says in Isaiah 42:8.  He will not give His glory to another.  But yet Jesus had this glory before the foundations of the world.  Either you are contradicting the Bible or Jesus is in fact God and He shares the Name of God YHWH as the bible clearly teaches.

 

Here is another.

(Isaiah 43:11)  I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.

 

But yet Jesus is the only Name under heaven by which man can be saved.

(Acts 4:12)  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

What Name?  Jesus.  Who shares the Name YHWH (Jehovah) with the Father.

 

In fact you must confess this truth to be saved. 

(Romans 10:9)  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

And then just a couple of verses later Paul clarifies what Jesus Name is.

(Romans 10:13)  For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

Paul is clearly associating the Name of Jesus as LORD or YHWH as Paul goes back to Joel 2:32 for a quotation for the Name of the LORD or YHWH.

 

If Jesus is not God then you are not and cannot be saved. 

 

 

 

Jesus shares the name of the LORD (YHWH) (Jehovah) with the Father.

(Zech 14:3)  Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 

(Zech 14:4)  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

 

(We see in verse 3 that the verse is clearly speaking of the LORD or YHWH.  Then in verse 4 we see that YHWH will stand on the Mount of Olives.  Tell me whose feet are these?  You believe the Father does not have feet.  You would agree with this, wouldn’t you?  Then how does He stand on the Mount of Olives?  It is because Jesus shares this name with the Father and Jesus stands on the Mount of Olives in the future at His second coming.  Not the same Persons but two Persons with the same Name in common.

 

Jesus in Acts 1 ascends into heaven and angels tell us that it will be Him who returns to the Mount of Olives and put His feet on it.

(Acts 1:9-12)  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This [same] Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

 

 

 

If you deny that Jesus is God then you deny the true witness of the Father in Hebrews 1:8 and 1:10 where Jesus is called God or “Theos” which is the Greek word for God but even more important the Father calls Him YHWH in verse 10.  So why do you deny the true testimony (witness) of the Father you say that you believe in?

(Hebrews 1:8)  But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

 

And yes as you stated we see that the Father is the God of His Son in Hebrews 1:9.

(Hebrews 1:9)  You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."

 

This in no way means that Jesus is not God, in fact it means that He is God the Son.  Yes the Father is greater than the Son, but Jesus is nevertheless God.  There is an authority structure within the godhead but they are all still the one true God.

(John 14:28)  You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.

 

Now we see that God the Father calls Jesus LORD or YHWH.

(Hebrew 1:10)  And: "You, LORD (YHWH), in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

We know this is YHWH as it is taken from the Old Testament as a quotation from Nehemiah 9:6 and Psalms 102:25.  The Father is clearly calling His Son YHWH.

 

This teaching is found in the Bible and can only be interpreted correctly in the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

It is called the “Hypostatic Union”. Jesus is a Man and He is also God.  Jesus is Anthropomorphic. 

 

 

You must believe Jesus is God to be saved.  Again (Romans 10:9)

(Romans 10:9)  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

You must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead to be saved.  We both agree that the Farther raised Jesus from the dead.  Therefore the Father is God.  But it does not end there.  Jesus raised Himself from the dead.

(John 2:19)  Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

(John 2:21)  But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

 

Also the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.

(Romans 8:11)  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

 

Therefore if Romans 9:10 says that “God raised Jesus from the dead” and we know from John 2 that Jesus raised Himself from the dead and we know from Romans 8 that the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, then Jesus and the Holy Spirit must also be God and you must believe this to be saved.  If you do not believe this then according to Romans 10:9 you cannot be saved.

 

 

This teaching is not a New Testament concept but it has been the true teaching of the Bible from the beginning.  They Jews at the time Jesus visited the earth had finally rejected the teaching.

 

This is taught from verse 1 of the Bible.  “In the beginning God…”.  The Hebrew word for God is Elohim, which is multi plural.  If the author who is God meant Unitarianism He would have said “El” or if dual he would have used “Elah”.  But he used “Elohim” which is multi plural. 

 

In Genis 1:26 the word for God is Elohim and describes God as plural by saying Us and Our.

(Genesis 1:26)  Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

 

This is also termed a “Trihagion” and is the use of three throughout the scriptures.  Notice it says, Let US (1), make man in OUR image (2), according to OUR likeness (3).  This use of three is throughout scripture and gives us a clue of triunity.  For example,  Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD God Almighty. 

 

Another example is Jesus in the New Testament.  WE (1) speak, what WE (2) know and testify what WE (3) have seen and you do not receive OUR witness.

(John 3:11)  Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.

 

I would ask you the same thing that Jesus said to Nicodemus.

(John 3:12)  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

 

How can One God be more than one Person?  The idea is found in marriage where in marriage two become one flesh.  One marriage, two persons.  This is an example.

 

The LORD our God is One.  Even this word “One” in Hebrew implies plurality.   It is the same Hebrew word when the bible says two become “one” flesh.

 

 

Thank you for your time, Steve Tassi

 

 

 

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