Reader: I just started reading your material and would like to make a brief comment on your article ‘Who should partake of the bread and wine,’ from 2015, where you say that all ‘Christians’ are in the new covenant etc.
As a [former] JW you are aware that the vast majority of redeemable mankind is destined for life here on earth, but that the whole NT does not concern itself at all with this hope, but rather entirely focuses on the affairs of those with the heavenly destiny.
Hence, while even angels are desiring to peer into the things concerning the anointed, it is not surprising, nor even wrong, for those who have not been called to this destiny, namely those who by default entertain the hope of eternal life here on earth, to be interested in these things, even though neither they nor the angels are actual participants nor sharers in the glory that is going to be revealed in us.
There are a lot of scriptural points to consider here, for example, both in Rev 7 and Mat 25, which deal with this matter, we have only two groups of people, Christ’s brothers and those who did good to them, and, the 144000 and the great crowed respectively, leaving us with but one group [outside of the anointed] who will be saved.
Interestingly, in Mat 25, the sheep [great crowd equivalent in Rev 7] are such as UNKNOWINGLY do good to Christ’s brothers, hence people who could not possibly be ‘dedicated, baptized Christians with an earthly hope,’ because how could such be surprised when Jesus pays them their reward of entering into life, for which they would have already hoped and dedicated their Christian lives for, if they really were in the new covenant along with the anointed?
As to ‘hopes,’ yes, there are two different hopes, but really only one CHRISTIAN hope, namely the heavenly, because the earthly hope is actually more connected with the OT hope of the Hebrew forefathers, ‘each living under own vine and fig tree and;’ hence scripture specifies ‘one Lord, one faith, ONE hope,’ just as Paul also talks about this heavenly hope into which people are saved, meaning, if any ‘Christian’ is truly saved, God immediately reveals this glorious future to them, so that there can be no doubt of mistake about their destiny. Ro 8:23,24
The notion of the WT that God anoints believers after years of faithful service is rather fanciful and not supported in Scripture, in ‘order that no flesh might boast in the sight of God,’ I hope you agree.
In your article you say: “. . . Christ Himself taught that tares will grow among the wheat. It is absolutely impossible for people to determine which of those who receive the symbols will be among the “saints of the Most High” and which will not. Christ’s words that the tares will be rooted out directly “from the Kingdom” more than transparently make it clear that until the “end of the age” symbolic bread and wine will be accepted by the “tares”, which will be in one meeting together in the real Sons of the Kingdom and the brothers of Jesus (Matthew 13: 38-42) . ”
A careful reading of the text [Mat 13:38-42] actually shows that at least in this illustration of Jesus, the ‘field’ where the ‘wheat’ and the ‘tares’ grow together until the harvest time, and which is the ‘KINGDOM’ from which the ‘tares’ will be plucked out of, is actually NOT the Christian congregation, the body of Christ, the meeting places of the anointed, BUT “the world,” – Jesus is very explicit and unambiguous here, to wit: “The field IS the world.” Mat 13:38
Sure, Satan would like nothing better than to infiltrate, corrupt and subsume any gathering of anointed ones, as he succeeded in doing since the end of the first century, but since the body of Christ is entirely distinct and ‘called out from,’ [Greek: Ecclesia} not [only] the world, but the nominal ‘Christian’ churches and denominations, also called Christendom, and since the organization and directing of the anointed is strictly by means of the Holy Spirit of truth with no compromise for heresy, as is also written: “. . . these did not defile themselves with [spiritual] women [church organizations],” it follows that were two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus, any satanic infiltrator would quickly be exposed, so that if Satan’s agents were to actually swamp the fellowship, any true anointed member of Christ’s body would immediately leave such an association and separate himself from the unclean thing.
Since the anointing means full enlightenment, nobody who thinks that God tortures people forever in hell or believes that Jesus is God, or believes in the invisible presence lie of the WT can really be anointed.
Anyhow, I generally agree with your views so far and will continue reading and hopefully commenting as well.
I hope what I have written translates well into Russian, but let me know if you need clarification on any point.
Also, I would very much appreciate your feedback, since we are all parts of the body with different functions and insights. (“Place”)
Strazh: Thanks for the comment, it came as a surprise to me to get a comment in English. Yes, I understand almost everything. A large part of the article “Who should take the bread and wine?” wasn’t written by me. The main part of the material was sent to me in a letter from former JWs who later left the faith. But the material has remained part of this article until now, and I left it. I remember that in her letter, sister and brother researched the Bible and the Watchtower publications, but now I know that only the Bible needs to be researched. There are so many subtle lies in the Watchtower’s publications that they should not be considered at all.
So I have to say that in general, my understanding of many issues has improved a lot over the years. And I think your basic idea is correct. Actually, the main idea of my site is similar. – This is the appearance of the future chosen ones, who, in unity with Christ, will restore peace between God and all creatures, heavenly and earthly.
This is the main purpose of the New Testament and the main purpose of the existence of Christianity — to make the appearance of chosen ones. So it will be.
On the other hand, I am absolutely calm about the definition of the anointed, because God defines them, not people (Matthew 20:23). I also don’t worry about the group that God will put me in. This is not my question, but God’s. Besides, it won’t matter in a loving family of God.
However, I am surprised by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other people who know how to identify the real chosen ones. To take symbols and being chosen are two different things. (Also, Jesus instituted a dinner for remembrance, not a dinner for announcements of new “anointed ones.”) But many JWs think that if a person accepted bread and wine Read More