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What of Jehovah’s Witness & Muslims & Others?

August 17th, 2009 Comments off

One of my favorite scriptures as its very useful for evangelism is that of 2corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

This is the one test we do not want to fail!

In life we can take many things for granted or we make assumptions without really examining the facts or testing even our very thoughts.

God in His great love for His most precious creation wants us to have certainty and assurance about who, we are based on facts and reality.

The above scripture gives us the knowledge we need so we can have certainty about being a Child of God. Isn’t that an amazing statement? That is, that we can know, that we know, that we know that we are children of God. In a world full of skeptics, and doubters, and false religions, and lack of peace; that the Bible if followed correctly will bring us a life of certainty and assurance!

Oh how wonderful and precious is the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, which enables this assurance. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

What is it that gives us this assurance? None other than having the Risen Christ dwelling in the heart of a Born Again/Born from Above, repentant, Christian.

There are many wonderful scriptures that talk of this reality.
1) 2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. KJV
2) Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. NIV
3) Galatians 2:20a I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. NIV

The need is this:
Romans 5:12 [ Death in Adam, Life in Christ ] Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

What did this death and sin do? It brought separation from God (the Sinless & Holy and Perfect one).

The solution then is to be found in the “Christ in Me/you” scriptures, but is most clearly seen in Romans 8:10.

4) Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. NIV This scripture describes the Born Again experience, that is, that its “Christ in us” and His righteousness, that makes our spirit alive; and when our spirit is alive, we can then and only then, know God.

The question remains then: Why do the Jehovah’s Witness folks, for example, with their own very different version of the bible have 2 Cor 13:5 reading in the NWT “that you are in union with Christ.”? (this very important verse we cannot afford to have a wrong understanding about….please!) I say this with some experience as I have talked to many Jehovah’s Witness here in Ghana & abroad and I would say that 99% of them do not have the experience of being “Born Again”, or of having Christ in them. Yet its this experience that enables us to walk in the spirit (see Romans 8:8-9) so we can please God. Its this experience/reality that God wants all of us to have so we can know Him. Its this experience/reality that Christ came to give us.

This reality is there for all yet: Romans 10:3 tells us: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

God has provided all we need so we can know him (by receiving Christ) but many of us have rejected the simplicity and what seems to be the foolishness of God’s way and seek with our own understanding; the way that seems right for us.

Proverbs 16:25 says: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Is this the fate of all those who lean on their own understanding rather than examining: the facts, or their own thoughts, and assumptions, etc?

John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”

To die in our sins is the worst thing that can happen to a human being, because it brings bad consequences and for eternity. Christ warns us that if our belief about Him is not right (see 2john9) the result will be tragic.

Please, please in light of the above scriptures let us all examine ourselves, our very thoughts even. Don’t assume that you are a “Child of God; simply because a book or a teaching or a teacher tells you so. But in the wonderful light of what Christ claims, there you can find your assurance and peace with God. Amen!

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What of Jehovah’s Witness?

August 12th, 2009 Comments off

Hi there, as an evangelist living in Ghana I sometimes come across the people who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses”………………..Lets look at that title/name for a few minutes to see if it is an accurate description? Its best to let the bible speak for itself in all things involving the Christian life.

Acts 1:8 says: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Yet the teaching of the people who call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses (taken from the April 1st 2009 Watchtower magazine entitled “Born again what does it mean”?) is that only the 144 000 are “born again” and that only the 144 000 have the baptism and the anointing of the Holy Spirit………….The question then remains how can the rest of the so called common class be a witness at all? Its no wonder that the JW’s are so few in number as there own teaching means there is no anointing of the Holy Spirit for anyone asides the 144 000?

We see in John 1:12 that there is no limit set on how many can be “born again”/become a Child of God…………But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Let me say this plainly, as many (not just 144 000) can have eternal life by coming to Jesus. Amen!!!!!!!

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