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The Final Insult

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Was Jesus Born Again at His Baptism?

What an insult it is when groups like the Watchtower Society demote Jesus from His status as eternal creator (John 1:3) to a being belonging to time “the first creature”.

If this were not bad enough the Watchtower Society also teaches that Jesus had to be Born Again (regenerated) and that He became God’s spiritual son at His baptism by John the Baptist (See Greatest Man book – story 12 and Reasoning Book p76)

But a further insult comes in the Watchtower of April 15, 1995 on pages 19-20 where it states in paragraph 21:

Logically the pre-eminent name written in Jehovah’s book of life is that of the Chief Agent of life, God’s own Son Jesus Christ …. What a privilege it is to have our individual names added to Jesus’ name in that scroll!

So, in Watchtower Christology, Jesus Christ is the first creature, the first to be Born Again, and now the first to get His name written in Jehovah’s Book of Life.

This is absolute anathema from the Biblical view held by the historic Christian church, which teaches that Jesus Christ is fully God and created all things (Hebrews 3:4), that He did not need to be regenerated (born again), because He was never degenerated by sin (Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 7:26) and finally Jesus Christ does not have to have His name written in “Jehovah’s Book of Life” because the Book of Life is the Lamb’s very own book (Revelation 13:8).

It is He who has written the names of God’s elect in it according to His eternal plan and the He will not blot out those name of God’s redeemed elect (cf. Revelation 3:5).

William Hendriksen, in his book “More than Conquerors”, states aptly on p.147:

But even in these most dreadful days that shall precede Christ’s second coming there will be believers on earth, those whose names have been written from eternity in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Because of the fact that God has elected them from eternity to salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thess. 2:13) these individuals cannot perish.

What a glorious privilege to have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and to know that He will indeed save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). He is none other than our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13), and let us who love the Lord honour Him as such and steadfastly resist this Watchtower insult.

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