How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret 1 John 5:1 in light of John 3?
1 John 5:1 says "Everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God" in the NWT
So, do JW's believe they are born again? Or do they not believe Jesus is the Christ?
in John 3:3, it says that "Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
So, if they don't believe they are born again, how can the see the Kingdom of God? Isn't that what they preach door to door? Don't they attend Kingdom Halls? I don't get it.
In John 3:5, it says: Jesus answered: “Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
So, I guess a better question is "Do JW's believe they are going to 'see' or 'enter into' the Kingdom?"
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
First, this letter was addressed to Christians in the first century who were all "born again" and anointed to be kings. None were of the "other sheep" with the earthly hope. Therefore, in the context of which this letter was written, all believers were "born of God."
However, we must be aware of different definitions of what it means to be "born again." Most people have been taught that being "born again" simply means taking on a new (Christian) life or accepting Jesus as our savior. So, according to *that* definition Witnesses could answer "Yes, all Witnesses are born again," since we must accept Christ as our Lord and Savior.
However, Witnesses are very careful to use Scriptural terms in their proper sense, so we would also mention that the Scriptural meaning was a little different and our belief must agree with that. In Scripture the term "born again" is *only* applied to those who have been "adopted" as sons of God and heirs with Christ for a resurrection to the heavens. They are said to be "God's children" in a *special* sense because of this new and special "adoption" to a heavenly life (1Pt.1:3- 4,18-19, 23; Rm.8:13-17; Heb.12:23). These are "bornagain" because their future is life in the heavenly realm rather than God's original earthly purpose for humankind. This was a new arrangement for humans put in effect only after Christ came to earth. (Jn.1:9-13; Jas. 1:17-18; 2Cor.5:17).
Those who have an earthly hope have no need for a "rebirth" to heavenly life. They are simply God's children in the same way Adam, Abraham and other pre-Christian humans were (Rm.8:19-22). They are dedicated to doing God's will *for them*-- which is to be faithful and fulfill God's original purpose for the earth (Gen.1:28; 2:15; Ps.37:29; Rev.21:3,4).
Similarly we have the contrast in Rom. 8:19-22 between the"son's of God" who are revealed and the "creation" who also are "children of God." Both groups will gain freedom from sin. (1Jn.3:2; 1Cor.15:48-49; Phil.3:20-21).
At the same time we know that things which are *specifically* addressed to, or stated about, those future heavenly kings can also refer in a *general* sense to those who will live on earth. John says in his letter that all those "born of God" must "love," must gain the "knowledge of God," "must not practice sin," and must "conquer the world" (1Jo 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,4; 5:18). Yet, all these things can be applied by extension to the "great crowd" since they have the same requirements for salvation and must "become one flock" (Jn.10:16).
While John was addressing only Christians with the heavenly hope, today all Christians can say that they are "born of God" in a general sense. Those with the earthly hope just are not "born of God" in the same sense that the 144,000 are. By the same token those who are of the 144,000 are not "born of God" in exactly the same sense that Christ is (cf. 1Jn. 5:1; 5:18).
Similarly, there are different references and nuances for the terms "sons of God." Jesus was a "son of God" yet so were the angels. Was Jesus a son of God in *exactly* the same sense as the angels? No, Jesus is the only one who is called God's "only-begotten" and "first-born." While the term "son" indicates that Jesus received his life from the "father," Christ is a "son of God" on a level far different from the angels or humans.
Jesus said God was his "father" yet God is said to be the "father" of humans. Was God "father" to humans in *exactly* the same sense as he was to Christ? No, again Jehovah is "father" to Christ in a greater sense.
Witnesses understand the different nuances between being “born again” and being “born of God.” So, unlike other religious writers who do not completely understand the Bible, you will find that our literature properly makes a differentiation when the Scriptures are using terms in technical ways and general statements.
Unlike other religions, we accept the strong Scriptural evidence of two groups of Christians both who gain salvation, one spoken of as a limited number who would be "born again" as kings in heaven and then a great multitude of subjects who "inherit the earth." Most religions ignore the explicit statements by Jesus and the Scriptures which show that most humans will enjoy everlasting life on earth (Mt.5:5; 6:10; Ps.37,9,10,29; Isa.66:19-24; 24:1-6; Rev.21:3,4; cf. Jn.3:13; Acts 2:34).
- grnlowLv 79 years ago
What John 3? The book of John? 1 John, 2 John, 3 John? If it is, then what chapter and verse?
1 John 5:1---"5 Everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God, and everyone who loves the one that caused to be born loves him who has been born from that one. "
Specifically it speaks to those who are born with a rebirth in the spirit as Jesus was back to heaven. This includes by a spirit of inclusion, those associated with that group in the worship of Jehovah as well. This is understood by 1 Peter 1:3 stating, "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to his great mercy he gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, " That "new birth" in both cases means the death of the human and the resurrection into a spirit creature form.
They in turn love both Jehovah, who caused this to happen , and Jesus who many of those people saw.
- Rolando C ILv 69 years ago
The ancient servants of God like Noah, Abraham,David, John the Baptist were not born again.( in the sense that they were not born again to a new life in heaven) And yet they are going to live under the Kingdom rule.
- Uncle ThesisLv 79 years ago
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- Teller Of TruthsLv 79 years ago
John shows what loving God really means.First, the apostle points out that “everyone believing that Jesus is the Christ” (the Messiah, or Jehovah’s Anointed One) “has been born from God,” or been spirit-begotten by Jehovah. Moreover, everyone who loves the Begetter, Jehovah, loves anyone else “born from that one.” Yes, all of God’s anointed children love him and would be expected to love one another. Such brotherly love also is characteristic of the “great crowd” of “other sheep” having earthly hopes.—John 10:16; Revelation 7:9.
‘We know we love God’s children when we love God and keep his commandments.’ In fact, ‘the love of God means that we observe his commandments.’ Since we love God and righteousness, we are happy to keep his commandments. John says that they are not “burdensome” to us “because everything that has been born from God conquers the world.” “Everything” may denote God-given power to ‘conquer the world,’ or triumph over unrighteous human society with its temptations to break Jehovah’s commandments. (John 16:33) “The conquest that has conquered the world” is “our faith” in God, his Word, and his Son. If we have “faith that Jesus is the Son of God,” we ‘conquer the world’ by rejecting its wrong thinking and immoral ways, and by keeping God’s commandments
John 3:3-Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Do not marvel because I told you, You people must be born again.”—John 3:3, 7.
One of the apostles later wrote: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Clearly, the rebirth that Jesus referred to was a spiritual experience that would occur while his followers were still alive, not a future reincarnation
Through “water [that is, their baptism] and spirit,” they are “born again” as spiritual sons of God. As such, they have the hope of being resurrected to heavenly life as spirit sons of God, provided they remain faithful till death.—John 3:5, 7
- MrDLv 59 years ago
I am not a JW, but if I live to be normal I won't understand what you're trying to ask here. Please explain.
"The Kingdom of God"? No, they don't believe that. Actually, they do believe that 144,000 will---but not the masses of people who attain salvation. And they emphatically DO believe that Jesus was (and is) the SON of God---not God the Father Himself. BTW, are you and your father the same? Equal? The same age (coeternal)? The JWs believe in Jesus as the Son of God---not God Himself. I agree.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
who gives a s hit? Religious people are a bunch of f uckwits