How important is the Lord Jesus Christ to Jehovah's Witnesses?
Does being Jehovah's Witnesses mean not being witnesses for Jesus? (Acts 1:8)
- SUNSHINELv 710 years agoBest Answer
Thank you for this question, due to inaccurate posts, outright lies and misinformation there is much confusion as to what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.
We are indeed Jehovah's Witnesses but no witnesses would be possible had Jesus not come down and spoken as "The Word" for his father. In other words the two terms are not mutually exclusive, in witnessing for Jehovah we witness or speak about God's purpose fulfilled through.... JESUS.
how important is Jesus? THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS: Very important!
We believe that Jesus was the first created spirit son of God. In fact, God originally made a mighty God like himself, a "replica" if you like, of himself and this mighty spirit creature (mighty god - see Isaiah 9: 6) worked with Almighty God in creating everything else in existence.
This one only begotten son agreed to have his life transferred by a miracle of God from being a mighty spirit in the heavens to being born as a human. Jesus as he was known came to earth to die for mankind and gain us release from sin and death as the promised Messiah.
Jesus is thus the foundation of our faith and there is no salvation without him, since he is God's means of salvation for mankind. Jehovah's witnesses are baptised in the name of both Jehovah (the father) and Jesus (the son) and rely totally and humbly on the holy spirit.
During his earthly ministry Jesus set the perfect model for his followers to imitate and Jehovah's Witnesses do all they can to follow his example. We view him as our King, our Redeemer and our Saviour. We are the only christian group that obey Jesus' command to preach the word in "all the inhabited earth" (see Matthew 24: 14: 28: 19, 20)
We believe he died "once for all time" and was ressurected back to his original state as a spirit being or powerful spirit where he returned to heaven to be with his father (1 Corinthians 15:35-58). God blessed Jesus faithfulness with giving him the authority of the kingdom (govermental power in the heavens).
Jehovah's Witneses accept Jesus' divine nature but we do not however believe Jesus part of a trinity equal to his father..Source(s): In honour of our saviour and king all Jehovah's Witnesses commemorate his death as he requested, on the night of his death. Jehvovah's Witnesses and others respectful of his ransom numbered over 17 million in 2009. This years memorial of Christ Jesus death is on March 30th, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg764HG7UYk
- MrDLv 510 years ago
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that there is one supreme Person, Jehovah, Whose first creation was a person who assisted in the creation of everything and everyone else. This First Creature, this Son of God, came into the world, lived, died, and rose again in order to save fallen humankind. They believe that it was only because of his "ransom sacrifice" that salvation is possible. So, Jesus is extremely important in JW theology.
They are not Trinitarians. They do not believe that the Father and the Son are equal, or that they are two of the three persons on a trinitarian Godhead. But, despite what many of their detractors might say, they highly respect and honor Jesus.
No, I am not a JW. I am an Episcopalian.
- 10 years ago
Isn't Jehovah Jesus? I don't know. I'm confused, some people believe Jesus IS Jehovah, but not God and then others don't, but I'm not sure what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. I think they just believe God is Jehovah and Jesus is the literal son of God. I think. But then, how did a spirit God, have a physical son before the earth existed, and without a physical Mary? Unless Mary existed beforehand, but even still, that would mean that a bodiless God was with a bodily Mary and made a bodily Jesus before heaven. Hmm... I'm not sure. We have to ask a Jehovah's Witness if they believe God is a physical person as well.
- Bible TruthLv 510 years ago
Belief in Jesus Christ is absolutely vital to Jehovah's Witnesses. We believe every word about Jesus found in the Bible. Everything that is fully based on Scripture is exactly what we believe.
He is the Messiah foretold for thousands of years by God's prophets. He is our Lord and Savior sent by his Father Jehovah as the ransom that takes away the sin of the world. He is now our Reigning King and Redeemer.
Jesus died on a torture stake at the age of 33 1/2. But death was not the end of his life course. The third stage of his life began about three days later when Jehovah God resurrected his Son as a spirit person.
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to hundreds of people living in the first century C.E. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Thereafter, he “sat down at the right hand of God” and waited to receive kingly power. (Hebrews 10:12, 13) When that time came, Jesus began ruling as King.
So how should we imagine Jesus today? Should we think of him as a suffering man being put to death? Or should we view him as someone to be worshipped? Jesus today is neither a man nor God Almighty. Rather, he is a mighty spirit creature, a reigning King. Very soon now, he will manifest his rulership over our troubled earth.
Using symbolic language, Revelation 19:11-16 describes Jesus Christ as a king seated upon a white horse and coming to judge and carry on war in righteousness. He has “a sharp long sword, that he may strike the nations with it.”
Yes, Jesus will use his great power to destroy the wicked. And what about those who strive to follow the example he set while on earth? (1 Peter 2:21) He and his Father will preserve them through the upcoming “war of the great day of God the Almighty”—often called Armageddon—so that they can live forever as earthly subjects of God’s heavenly Kingdom.—Revelation 7:9, 14; 16:14, 16; 21:3, 4.
During his reign of peace, what miracles Jesus will perform in behalf of all mankind! (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:1-10) He will cure sickness and bring an end to death. Jesus will be used by God to resurrect billions, giving them an opportunity to live forever on earth. (John 5:28, 29) We cannot even imagine how wonderful our lives will be under Kingdom rule. It is important, then, that we continue to take in Bible knowledge and become better acquainted with Jesus Christ.
Our lives depend on exercising faith in Jesus Christ and following as closely in his footsteps as we possibly can.
We will memorialize his sacrifice for mankind on March 30, 2010 after sundown. Contact you local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for the time and place in your area.
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- LizLv 710 years ago
How important is the Lord Jesus Christ to Jehovah's Witnesses?
Following his footsteps closely. i Peter 2:21
Keeping his laws perfectly Luke 10:27
Remembering him as he asked us to, exactly. Luke 22:19
Take in knowledge of him as the sent forth John 17:3
HE IS OUR KING, he is the leader of the congregation.
He is Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor.
We hang on his EVERY word, and try desperately to imitate him and the laws and principles he gave us, just so.
How can we NOT be witnesses to who Jesus was and what he spoke, and what he did and will do for us?
BUT he was the "faithful and true" witness, the "word" HIMSELF.. And to who?
If we NEED to imitate Jesus the Christ, we will know WHO he was directing us to.
What he was mediator of.
How important is ANYONE that gives their life for yours when they didn't do ANYTHING to deserve to die?
He means everything. That is why we emulate him. That is why we appreciate his sacrifice and try to copy him.
- JudithLv 44 years ago
It has never been such a practice, and the WTS has never "downgraded" Jesus. However since Jehovah is the one who created Jesus and sent him to do what he did, more honor and praise should be properly going to Jehovah rather than to Jesus (who is also due some measure of recognition).
- 10 years ago
Jesus is our leader. Our exemplar. We do our best to apply his words that's why we preach.
To Anna: You answers are funny. Yes we do not believe Jesus is God and part of Trinity. We are helping the people to have accurate knowledge in the bible. Isn't a witnessing?
- 10 years ago
Important enough to be starting an entire study book dedicated to Jesus and the four Gospels in March...
- bear witnessLv 410 years ago
2 Corinthians 1:10 also says: "For no matter how many the promises of God are, they have become Yes by means of him [Jesus]."
- ~♥Anna♥~Lv 510 years ago
What is your witness for Jesus?
You deny that it is by HIS name that you are saved. (Acts 4:12)
You deny that He was resurrected bodily. (Matthew 12:39, 40; John 2:18-22)
You deny His words that you MUST be Born Again. (John 3:3, Romans 8:8-9)
You refuse to partake in the Lord's Supper. (John 6:53-54)
What, exactly, are you witnessing?
Edit -- to Ratchet... I find it amazing that JWs can see trinities where ever there isn't one. I said NOTHING about a Trinity or Jesus being God.