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The Name of God and Jehovah’s Witnesses by John Stickland

Any serious investigation into Watchtower beliefs will soon discover the emphasis placed on the name of Jehovah in support of their teaching.
In keeping with this, Jehovah’s Witnesses declare themselves as witnesses of Jehovah. This is in clear contrast to the apostles and early Christians who were witnesses of Jesus. A study of the book of Acts will show that the name in which the ministry went forth and was carried out was the name of Jesus Christ. The words of Jesus are clear to confirm this in Acts 1:8
you will be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and
Samaria and to the end of the earth.
The message of the apostles and the early church was first and
foremost the Person and work of Jesus, His sacrificial death and
resurrection.
Therefore if we would follow in the footsteps of the Christian
witnesses of the Bible, we must be a witness of Jesus Christ. As the
Scripture truly proclaims :- neither is there salvation in any other,
for there is no other name under heaven given among men by
which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
The name YHWH, since spelt and pronounced as the word Jehovah, is shown as the name of God in the Hebrew Scriptures. It symbolized to His people the greatness, uniqueness, and holiness of God who was unapproachable by sinful man. Exodus 19:12 illustrates this, where we see the children of Israel forbidden even to touch the mountain where the presence of a holy God resided, under penalty of death. Isaiah 59:2 speaks of the separation or barrier caused by sin between man and God.
However…….. Jesus taught his followers to call God by the
name of Father. This was only possible by His sacrificial death in paying the penalty for our sins.
One of the signs following Jesus’ death was the veil of the temple separating those present from the holy place, being torn in two, signifying that the way to God was now open. This meant that those who come to God by Jesus (John 1:12 ) come into a more intimate relationship with His Father.
In this connection Ephesians 1:5 speaks of being sons by adoption by Jesus Christ to Himself. This all surpassing privilege, available freely to all who come to God through Jesus to receive forgiveness and salvation, brings them into the relationship of sons of God by adoption, and they now address Him in the new name of Father.
There remains a continuing sadness that the many who are zealous for the Watchtower, commited to it’s teaching, and in so doing fully believe they are pleasing God, cannot enter into this new relationship with God as Father.
They remain as the unbelieving Jews at the time of Jesus here, refusing to accept His divinity (John 8:24) and receive Him as Saviour and Lord (John 1:12).

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