Treasures from God’s Word and Digging for Spiritual Gems – “Jesus fulfilled prophecy” (Mark 15-16)
Bible Study (jl lesson 2)
Why are we called Jehovah’s Witnesses?
That is a very good question? Especially when Acts 11:26 says in part “and it was first in Antioch that the disciples were by divine providence called Christians.” (NWT) So why are we not just called Christians? The article explains “Until 1931, we were known as Bible Students.” So it was a decision made in 1931 by Joseph Rutherford. If the Organization was chosen as Jehovah’s organization on earth in 1919 and its believers were part of spiritual Israel as is claimed, then why did Jehovah not see fit to ensure his people carried his name. Why wait 22 years?
The main points of explanation in the article are as follows:
- “It identifies our God”
- Jehovah was the God of Israel too, but they did not have the name Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- Isaiah 43:10-12 as with so many scriptures is taken out of context. The Israelites were eye-witnesses of Jehovah’s actions on their behalf. They did not witness to others about Jehovah’s actions.
- “It describes our Mission”
- So we are witnesses of Jehovah as our mission? How does that agree with Jesus words at Acts 1:8? Here Jesus said “but YOU will receive power when the Holy Spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth.”
- “We are imitating Jesus”
- The disciples went preaching the good news of Jesus’resurrection according to Acts 4:33 “Also, with great power the apostles continued giving forth the witness concerning the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and undeserved kindness in large measure was upon them all.”
- Acts 10:42 is similar saying “Also, he ordered us to preach to the people and to give a thorough witness that this is the One decreed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.”
- It is true “Jesus himself said that he ‘made God’s name known’ and kept ‘bearing witness to the truth’ about God. (John 17:26; 18:37)” But it is quite a leap to then say “Christ’s genuine followers must, therefore, bear Jehovah’s name and make it known.”
- Jesus the Son of God, did not call himself one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- ‘Actions speak louder than words’ so goes the saying. Jesus actions gave witness to the love God has for mankind, far more than any label or identifying phrase.
So are any or all of these reasons strong enough to name ourselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses instead of Christians? True, it identifies the Organization as different to other Christian religions, but that is not a scriptural requirement. After all Jesus said “By this all will know that YOU are my disciples, if YOU have love among yourselves.” Surely love should be the identifying mark not a label. (John 13:35)
Follow Christ’s Steps Closely – Video – Jehovah’s name is most important.
This video is a most moving account, but I failed to see the connection between everything the sister suffered and her statement at the end namely “Jehovah’s name is the most important part in our life. Nothing is so important like Jehovah’s name.” It was entirely disconnected from the rest of the account given. She was convinced that Jehovah helped her and her husband through that terrible experience under Nazi rule in the concentration camps, but quite how Jehovah’s name had anything to do with that is not clear at all.