SHORT CHRISTIAN READINGS SELECTED FOR FORMER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES
Outline: Is Jesus Christ God?
By Tom McGovern
1. For how many true Gods does the Bible allow? (Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:39; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6)
2. Who is referred to in scripture as "Lord of Lords"? (Deuteronomy 10:17; 1 Timothy 6:15)
Is any other identification of the "one Lord" or "Lord of Lords" made in scripture?
Can two different individuals (Jehovah and Jesus) both be "Lord of Lords"? (Luke 2:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Jude 4; Revelation 17:14; 19:16)
3. Who is our only Owner and Lord? (Jude 4)
How many Lords do Christians have? (Ephesians 4:5,6; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
Note: Jehovah's Witnesses will often refer to 1 Corinthians 8:6 to assert that only the Father is God. But under such reasoning, Jehovah would not be Lord, since the same verse refers to "one Lord, Jesus Christ". Yet Watchtower doctrine teaches that Jehovah is the supreme Lord. In fact, the Father and the Son are both Lord and God. In his letters, however, Paul often uses the convention of referring to the Father as "God" and the Son as "Lord".
If Jesus is our only Lord, and our only Lord is called God, what does that tell us about Jesus?
4. Who is our Savior? (1 Timothy 1:1; Titus 1:3; 3:4)
Is there another Savior besides Jehovah? (Isaiah 43:11; 45:21; 49:26; 60:16; Hosea 13:4)
Is Jesus called our Savior? (John 4:42; Philippians 3:20; 2 Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:4; 3:6)
Is there another Savior besides Jesus? (Acts 4:12)
If Jehovah is the only Savior, and Jesus is the only Savior, who must Jesus be?
5. Who alone can forgive sin? (Exodus 34:6, 7; Numbers 14:18; Isaiah 43:25; Mark 2:7; Luke 5:21)
Does Jesus have power to forgive sins? If so, who must He be? (Mark 2:5-12; Luke 5:20-25)
6. Who is the Creator of all things? (Isaiah 48:13; Ephesians 3:9)
Did Jehovah have an assistant in creating all things? (Isaiah 44:24)
What part did Jesus play in creation? (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-18)
If Jehovah was the only Creator, and Jesus is shown to be the Creator, Who must Jesus be?
7. Who created the earth and heavens, according to Psalm 102:24-27?
To Whom are these same words applied at Hebrews 1:10-12?
What does that tell us about the identity of Jesus?
8. Are Christians to prostrate themselves* or do obeisance* to any god other than Jehovah? (Exodus 34:14)
* Note: These meanings are carried by the word translated "worship", according to Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries: shaw-khaw': A primitive root; to depress, that is, prostrate (especially reflexively in homage to royalty or God): - bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship.
Is obeisance to be done to Jesus? (Matthew 14:33; 28:16,17; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:11-14)
If Jesus is only a lesser "god", as Jehovah's Witnesses believe, would not such obeisance rendered to him constitute idolatry?
9. Who alone knows the hearts of men? (1 Kings 8:39)
What do the scriptures tell us about Jesus in this regard? (Revelation 2:23; Matthew 9:4; 12:25; Luke 6:8; 9:47)
If only Jehovah knows men's hearts, what does this tell us about Jesus?
10. What does the Bible tell us about the Name of Jesus? (Acts 4:12; John 14:13-14; Acts 4:7-10, 30; Ephesians 1:21)
Of whom are Christians to be witnesses? (Acts 1:8)
Is there any name greater than that of Jesus? (Philippians 2:9-11)
Would that include the name, Jehovah?
In view of the above scriptures, should Christians be Jehovah's witnesses, or should they be witnesses of Jesus?
11. Whose glory did Isaiah see? (Isaiah 6:1-5)
To whom is this vision of Jehovah's glory applied in John 12:37-41?
Will Jehovah share His glory with anyone? (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11)
Does Jesus share in Jehovah's glory? (John 12:45; 17:5)
12. Whose way was to be prepared by the prophesied "messenger", the "voice crying in the wilderness"?
(Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1)
Who fulfilled this prophecy?
Whose way did he actually prepare? (Matthew 3:1-3; Mark 1:1-3; Luke 3:2-6)
13. Whom did Zechariah foretell would be sold for thirty pieces of silver? (Zechariah 11:12, 13)
NOTE: Matthew attributes Zechariah's prophecy to Jeremiah. Some commentators state that in ancient times, the book of Jeremiah was placed in first order among the prophets, and that the entire "book of the prophets" may have been referred to by Jeremiah's name. Another possibility is a transcription error in an early manuscript of Matthew.
Upon Whom was this prophecy fulfilled? (Matthew 26:14-16; 27:9)
14. Whom did Zechariah predict would be "pierced"? (Zechariah 12:10; note verse 4 to determine Who is speaking)
Upon Whom was this prophecy fulfilled, according to John? (John 19:37)