Jehovah Witness Faulty Translation on the Deity of Christ - Part 3

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THE DEITY OF CHRIST AND THE JEHOVAH WITNESS, PART THREE

The Jehovah Witnesses (hereafter, JW) hold that Jesus Christ was not the God but a god, the highest creation of God.  The Bible says just the opposite.  It declares over and over that Jesus was not a creation but the Creator Himself, equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This, as we have seen, has forced the JWs to manufacture their own translation (New World Translation or NWT) in order to cover up this truth by mistranslating those passages that deify Christ.  This should not surprise us as the Apostles warned that there would be those who twist the Scriptures for their own purposes.

2 Pet. 1:16-17, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” NKJV

2 Pet. 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” NKJV

2 Tim. 4:3-5, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” NKJV

In this third segment, I want to address some of the other passages that clearly teach that Jesus is God and then finish with a discussion as to why the deity of Christ is so important.

1) The Deity of Christ: additional proofs

a) The JWs will point out that Christ could not be the Creator because he was the “only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16; 1 Jn. 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18).  This would appear to make sense however on a closer inspection it does not.

The Term “only begotten”:  this term comes from the Greek word monogenesis and does not address the idea of parentage but rather the singularity of the individual.  In other words it literally means that Jesus was the “one of kind or the only son” of God.  To put this in other terms, Christ was one of a kind, the promised son of God foretold in the Old Testament Scriptures.  We can confirm that this is the correct use of this term by looking at the way the writer of Hebrews uses it in reference to the “only begotten” son of Abraham. 

Heb. 11:17, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,” NKJV

Anyone familiar with the Old Testament account knows that Isaac was not the only son that Abraham fathered.  Before Isaac there was Ishmael and after Isaac, Abraham fathered an additional 6 sons (Gen. 25:1-2).  Therefore, it is clear that the writer of Hebrews is not using the term in the sense of fathering a child, but rather to single out Isaac as the “promised one”, the son who was uniquely different from all the rest of Abraham’s sons.  It is in this sense this term is used of Jesus as well.  It does not speak of Him being fathered by God but rather of all the sons of God, Jesus, the God/man, was truly unique from all the rest.

The Term “Son of God”:  this term likewise does speak of parentage.  It does not mean that Christ was the offspring of God.  Rather, the term addresses the fact that Jesus was of the same essence as God, or in other words He was God, equal with the Father.  This can be demonstrated in the English language.  If I am in a store and I see a boy unrelated to me getting ready to knock something over, to get his attention I will probably say something like, “Son, I would not do that!”  My use of the term “son” does not mean that he is my offspring but rather he is a human being even as I am, only younger.  So we see that Jesus uses the idea of “Son of God” to speak of His equality with God.  This is the understanding of the religious leaders of Jesus day when He referred to His sonship relation to His Father.

Jn. 5:17-19, “But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working." 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.” NKJV

Jn 10:30-33, “I and My Father are one." Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, "Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?" The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God." NKJV  

Some would say that the religious leaders just misunderstood Him, however if that were true, why did Jesus not correct them in their error?  The reason He did not correct these men is because they had a correct understanding of what He was saying.  Therefore, we can conclude, when Jesus calls Himself the “Son of God” He is expressing His deity and when He calls Himself the “Son of Man” he is expressing His humanity.

b) Let me share quickly a few other passages that clearly declare Christ’s deity.  These are but a few passages that could be shared to show Jesus deity.

Tit. 2:13-14, “Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” NKJV

2 Pet. 1:1, “To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” NKJV

Heb. 1:8-9, “But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions." NKJV  (This is a quote from Psa. 45:6 which makes clear that the writer of Hebrews is saying the Son is God - Ps 45:6, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” NKJV)

2) The Importance of the Deity of Christ: Is it important to believe that Jesus is God?  The answer; it is more than just important, it is essential to believe in the Deity of Christ if one hopes to obtain eternal life.  I am sorry to say that the Jehovah Witnesses and others who deny the Lord’s Deity will not receive eternal life but will instead spend all eternity in the everlasting lake of fire.  I know these are very strong words, but this is not my opinion or interpretation.  This is what God says and if God says it, then it must be true.  Let me share a couple of references to illustrate my point.  Note that genuine believers must believe that Christ, as God, came in the flesh.  In other words Jesus Christ is both God and man.  If anyone denies this fact he is an unbeliever and has the spirit of Antichrist present within him.

1 John 4:2-3, “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” NKJV

2 John 7-8, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” NKJV

In like manner, those who deny the sonship of Christ makes Christ equal with the Father, are guilty of denying the Father as well.

Jn 5:22-23, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” NKJV

Jn 8:19, “Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also." NKJV

Jn 10:30, “I and My Father are one." NKJV

1 Jn 2:22, “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” NKJV

1 Jn 4:15-16, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” NKJV

2 Jn 9-11, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” NKJV

As you can see, it does matter that you believe that Jesus was God come in the flesh and not a god created by God the Father.  Those who deny this cardinal truth show that God does not dwell within them but they are moved by the prince and power of the air, Satan himself.  He is the author of the spirit of Antichrist.  Likewise, let us heed the words of 2 Jn. 10-11 and shun those who teach otherwise.

Do you believe that Christ came as God and took on a body to become a sinless sacrifice for all of man?  Do you believe that you are lost in your sins and condemned already to hell (Jn. 3:18)?  Do you believe that there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation (Eph. 2:8-10)?  Have you therefore asked Jesus to forgive you of all your sins and have you put your faith in His promise that He will give you everlasting life?  If you haven’t, today would be a marvelous day to do so.  Who knows whether this may be our last day on earth?  What a shame to be so close to heaven and end up in hell.