The Hopelessness of all Jehovah Witnesses
Witnessing to the witness on what is a resurrection? p.1
Every resurrection that the Bible speaks of, the same body that died was raised back to life.
It is not another body; that would be a replacement, not a resurrection. The bodies did not disintegrate and neither does the soul.
Does God raise up the same body but not the same person in a resurrection? Look at all the resurrections in the Scripture, they all came back in the same body. No body disappeared then to reappear after as different body.
1 Cor. 15:12-14 “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.”
Who is the He that is raised?
“If Adam and his offspring are to profit by the death of the perfect man Jesus, then Jesus as a man must remain dead forever” (Government p.110, 1928).
Here we find the Witnesses stating Jesus as a man remains dead forever. So then who raised from the dead? They assure you it’s not him.
This is because “the perfect man Jesus became a substitute in death for the perfect man Adam and the benefit thereof results in Adam and his offspring” (ibid).
First, Jesus did not die for perfect Adam, but sinful Adam and all those who came from him.
So this shows us they do not understand what the substitution is actually about.
So where did Jesus’ body go when he died? “It was dispose of by Jehovah God, dissolved into its constituent elements or atoms” (Watchtower 9/1/53 p.518)
The Jehovah witnesses do not believe in a resurrection as described in the Bible. Their faith is not a Biblical faith, it is vain (according to 1 Cor.15). To say something like this that the Bible does not even hint at is absurd.
But they not only propose this but “We deny that he was raised in the flesh, and challenge any statement to that effect as being described” (The Finished Mystery by their founder p.57, 1917)
This is the 3rd point of the gospel which they are denying: the resurrection.
1 Cor. 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Mark 14:28 "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."
Matt 28:5-6 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. (Mk.16:16;Lk.24:6)
So if he has not risen that makes Jesus a liar. That means the watchtower Is contrary to the Bible.
Mark 10:34 They will “kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." The “He” is not a different body but the same body. That’s what a resurrection is, the same body that died is raised back to life (Gr. anastasis soma). Every person Jesus or the apostles raised were in the same body that died.
Let me make this perfectly clear on where the Jehovah Witnesses depart from the Bible in the most obtuse manner.
1 John 4:2 says “that every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.” Verse 3 then states that every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.”
Those who deny that Jesus came in the flesh are of the anti-Christ spirit. This is one of the ways to discern a false teacher or false teaching on the nature of Jesus.
John is writing after the resurrection and is using perfect tense in Greek, which denotes a past action with continuing results into the present and continuing on into the future. He came in the flesh, rose in the flesh, and is still in the flesh. The same body that He was born and died with, He rose with. If one claims that Christ rose as a spirit creature, and not physically, they are of the anti -Christ spirit and are denying the third point of the Gospel. And they are not saved by the gospel, because they deny it.
The present tense in Greek is applied to something in the past, and continues in the present forever. This same tense is applied to Jesus’ bodily resurrection. 2 Jn.7 also addresses this warning “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, this is a deceiver and an antichrist”.
In this epistle John uses the present tense in Greek which focuses specifically on the future coming of the Lord. People who deny Jesus has come in the flesh and rose in spirit, not in the body, are of the spirit of antichrist. (1 Jn. 4:2 focuses on the past, continuing to the future. 2 Jn. 7 focuses specifically on the future). The fact is that Jesus rose again in the same body and is coming back in this SAME body. As Acts 1:11 he will come in the same manner he left, visibly to all with the physical eye and in the Fathers glory which he had before the world began (Jn.17:5,2; Mt 24:30.)
The Jehovah Witnesses do not bring the gospel that saves but another gospel; promising to them that they in the future will live on paradise earth; if they join their organization. This is something that they cannot guarantee for anyone, not even themselves.
They have no relationship to the gospel. Yes, they speak of Jesus death and they have a few thousand of their so called 144,000 left living that are allowed to take communion each year at their once a year memorial service. But this is just a ceremony that has no real meaning for the majority of Jehovah Witnesses that are prevented from knowing the only mediator, the high priest Jesus Christ.
Let’s understand why?
“Jesus could not have ascended to heaven forty days after his resurrection had he, been raised as a human of flesh and blood (they refer to 1 Cor.15:50 flesh and blood do not inherit the kingdom of God… he was made alive in the spirit (1 pt. 3:18 ” (Awake July 22, 1973)
First of all Jesus is the king of the kingdom, he is not inheriting the kingdom like man is, he is the ruler of it. Secondly he does not say he is flesh and blood so they have moot argument.
Jesus denied He is a spirit creature Luke 24:39-40 "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.”
“Jesus became a living spirit creature, as he had been before coming to earth” (1 Cor. 15:42-45; 1 Peter 3:18) (Happiness – How to find it, p.118 1980)
If they had read just little bit further they would find 1 Cor. 15:47-48 “The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.” Is an angel called Lord, no they are not. Satan would like to be called Lord but no angel is called this.
Jesus told them ahead of time Jn.2:19: “Destroy this temple and I will raise it up.” V. 21 “He was speaking of the temple of His body.” The body that was alive at the time he spoke this was what died. It is the same body raised from the dead, because that is what a resurrection means.
1 Peter 3:18 “being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit”
His body was made alive by the Holy Spirits power. Scripture does not say
Jesus became a living spirit creature, they have intentionally distorted the words because they have a narrative to keep, there own made up belief system.
1 Peter 3:18 But quickened in the spirit zooopoieetheis (NT:2193 a) de (NT:1151) pneumati (NT:4100). First aorist passive participle of [zooopoieoo] rare (Aristotle) verb (from [zooopoios], making alive), to make alive. The participles are not antecedent to apethanen (NT:593), but simultaneous with it. There is no such construction as the participle of subsequent action. The spirit of Christ did not die when his flesh did, but "was endued with new and greater powers of life" (Thayer’s). See 1 Cor 15:22 for the use of the verb for the resurrection of the body.”(Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament) underline mine
The body that emerged from the tomb was seen (Matt. 28:17), heard (John 20:15-16), and even touched (Matt. 28:9) on many occasions after the Resurrection. It was the same Jesus that died.
1 Cor. 15:42-45 “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” Jesus is a life giving spirit to all who believe
Spiritual body in Greek-pnuematikos soma.
1 Cor. 15:44 The resurrection body is not wholly pneuma (NT:4100). Caution is needed here in filling out details concerning the psuchee (NT:5524) and the pneuma (NT:4100). But certainly he means to say that the "spiritual body" has some kind of germinal connection with the "natural body," though the development is glorious beyond our comprehension though not beyond the power of Christ to perform (Phil 3:21)” (from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament)
In other words it becomes a spiritually dominated body, yet still a physical body that was raised from the dead and transformed.
The Bible declares the resurrection of the flesh. It was taught in the Old testament by Job (19:25-27) “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” And in Isaiah (26:19) “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise.” Meaning: the resurrection (Dan.12:2).
The bodily resurrection was taught by Christ" and is only denied by heretics. The denial that Jesus rose in human flesh is classified as neo -docetism. Anyone who take this position according to Paul are false witnesses.
John addressed it when he warned against those who deny that 'Jesus Christ has come [and remains] in the flesh' (1 John 4:2). The use of the perfect participle ("has come") implies that Jesus came in the flesh in the past and He remained in the flesh which was denied by the Gnostics. The reason is obvious: human flesh is part of our true human nature as God created it (the first man Adam). To deny that Christ was resurrected in human flesh is to deprive Him of his full humanity.
Jesus offered His resurrection as a proof of His claims (John 2:19-22; 10:18). On one occasion He offered it as the unique sign of who He is, declaring that no other sign would be given to that unbelieving generation (Matt. 12:40).
Paul said to the philosophers who didn’t believe in Christ, God "has given proof...to all men by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:31). Apparently ignored by Jehovah Witnesses. Paul also said “Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? (Acts 26:8). Ask a Jehovah Witness this and see what they say.
So we see that the Watchtower teaches their people to deny the gospel yet promises them to one day be on paradise earth.
In part two we look at how according to their own teachings they will not be in paradise earth. This is what they need to see and understand.
Witnessing to the witness on what is a resurrection?