In the Friday, December 11, 2020 day text (Examining the Scriptures Daily), the message was that we must never stop praying to Jehovah and that “we need to listen to what Jehovah tells us through his Word and organization.”
The text was from Habakkuk 2:1, which reads,
“At my guardpost I will keep standing, And I will station myself on the rampart. I will keep watch to see what he will speak by means of me And what I will reply when I am reproved.” (Habakkuk 2:1)
It also referenced Romans 12:12.
“Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
On reading “Jehovah’s organization’, I was surprised by the scriptures used, since making a statement like that would require some scriptural back up or support, one would imagine.
At one time, I believed that Jehovah had appointed JW.org to be in charge of His faithful and the reference to ‘Jehovah’s organization’ was accepted by me. However, I now wanted this statement confirmed as fact by God’s Word. So, I started searching for proof.
Last Sunday, December 13, 2020, at our Beroean Pickets Zoom meeting, we were discussing Hebrews 7 and those discussions led us to other scriptures. From that I came to understand that my search was over and I had my answer.
The answer was right in front of me. Jehovah appointed Jesus as High Priest to intervene on our behalf and therefore no human organization is needed.
“The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who ministers in the sanctuary and true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” (Hebrews 8:1, 2 BSB)
Hebrews 7:22-27 states that Jesus ‘….has become the guarantee of a better covenant.” Unlike other priests who died, He has a permanent priesthood and is able to save those completely who draw near to God through Him. What better access could there be?
Are therefore not all Christians Jehovah’s congregation through our Lord, Jesus?
Good points, Elpida. Yes, Jesus is the central point of salvation for every human being, „for it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell“ (Col 1:19-20). None of the people (Acts 4:12). However, Jehovah initiates the salvation of each person: 1) Jehovah acts on man through the holy Spirit and draws him to Jesus (John 6: 44,65), 2) Man then believes in Jesus and through him comes to God and becomes God’s son or daughter (John 1:12) God made Jesus as the doors (John 10:9) through which man, sanctified by the blood of Jesus, again enters his… Read more »
Thank you, Frankie.
Je n’ai pas, hélas, participé à votre réunion zoom mais j’ai lu aussi tout dernièrement hébreux 7. Il m’a paru intéressant de noter que Jésus, notre grand prêtre, ne faisait pas partie d’une lignée de prêtres . Il était de la tribu de Juda et non de Levi. Ainsi, comme pour Melchisedech, ce n’est pas en raison d’une justification humaine qu’il est devenu grand prêtre, mais sur la seule et unique volonté de son Père. (hébreux 7 : 13/17) Aucune intervention humaine dans ce rôle de prêtre et médiateur entre Dieu et les hommes. Christ est le médiateur exclusif d’une… Read more »
and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
(Act 20:30 ESV)
Good point, Jerome.
I agree. Last week’s reading of Hebrews helped solidify that for me too. We don’t need human priests. We have our High Priest, our Father and Their Spirit. And it’s amazing to see what clarity we get when we gather together and let the Spirit guide us using only the Bible without rigid, ,predetermined answers in a Watchtower paragraph.
To be able to speak in one’s own words seems to me to be a better indicator of one’s Faith.
I’m sorry that happened to you. No one should be embarrassed like that, especially in public. As an interested person, they should have been more concerned about stumbling you than correcting you. Instead, the brother, who was no doubt an elder, hung a millstone around his neck. A similar thing happened to me while living in New York City. I took an interested person to a Sunday Watchtower study and the person decided to raise his hand and make a comment to my surprise. I sensed my own uneasiness because I knew whatever he was about to say more than… Read more »
Nicole, thank you for sharing this.