Believing in the Name

This last weekend I stopped to talk with two JW ladies that were offering literature in the park. After polite introductions, I asked them if they wanted to hear one of my favorite Bible verses. They agreed, and I shared with them First John 5:13, which reads: “These things are written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” I told them of my excitement that I have come to KNOW for CERTAIN that I have eternal life.
One of the ladies asked if I knew what Name the verse was talking about. I quickly answered, “Yes, Jesus.” She looked confused and surprised. I explained that the verse said “to you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” That would be Jesus. She has been so programmed by the Watchtower that she instinctively assumes that any verse that mentions The Name is about Jehovah. She looked embarrassed as she agreed, “Oh yes, the Son of God is Jesus.”
Her gaffe gave me an opportunity to explain the biblical gospel; that is, putting your trust in what Jesus has done for us, rather than trusting in our own good works to earn favor with Jehovah. Then we can have assurrance of eternal life! The news didn’t seem to penetrate her JW shell, but it’s my job to be one among many faithful witnesses that she may need before her heart can accept the truth. Lord, keep working on her! Amen.

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2 responses to “Believing in the Name

  1. The name to be remembered next to the Most Holy Name is the name of the son of God, which is not exactly Jesus but Jeshua. Though we do agree that the name Jesus has become the most common one in English to denote that man from Nazareth who is called the son of man and the son of God.

    We do have to look at Jesus as the saviour but not as the god Who created heaven and earth. The Nazarene Jesus was a devout Jew who worshipped only One God and asks us to do that as well. But the Scriptures tell us to receive life we do have to accept what Jeshua has done. Too many Christians still do not accept the ransom offer of Jesus still. Too many still take him to be The God because they do not want to believe a human being can do the Will of God and can put his own will aside like Jesus did.

    Those Christians who do believe in the Trinity minimise the death of Christ, because God can not die, but Jesus really did die for the sins of all.

  2. The JW may put the accent too often on the Name of the Only One God, but this happens because still too many Christians make Jesus into their god, instead of listening to the master teacher who showed the Way to his God and the God of Abraham.

    Christians should come to accept that a real man gave his life for breaking the penalty of death. His name, Jeshua, should also be known all over the world, next to the name of his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

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