It is interesting how commonplace Scriptures you’ve read dozens of times take on new meaning once you abandon some long-held prejudices. For example, take this from this week’s Bible reading assignment:
(Acts 2:38, 39) .?.?.Peter [said] to them: “Repent, and let each one of YOU be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit. 39?For the promise is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah our God may call to him.”
Getting baptized in the name of Jesus would enable them to receive the free gift of the holy spirit. These individuals were about to become part of the anointed ones, the children of God, those with the heavenly hope. Not only does this coincide with what is plainly stated in Scripture–which is of greatest importance–but it also coincides with what we teach officially in our publications–granted, of lessor importance.
Now consider again these words from verse 39: “For the promise is to YOU and to YOUR children and to all those afar off, just as many as Jehovah our God may call to him.”
Does that phrase allow for a small, finite number like 144,000? “To YOU, YOUR children…” and presumably YOUR children’s children, and on and on. “As many as Jehovah…may call”?! Doesn’t make sense that Peter would say that under inspiration if Jehovah was only going to call 144,000, does it?