Do You Believe?
Recently, I found a small Watchtower pamphlet in my mailbox. It contained an invitation to attend the annual observance of the Memorial. Many Jehovah's Witnesses attend this meeting commemorating the sacrificial death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means to them, perhaps feeling comforted by these words from the Bible. ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.' This, of course, is John 3:16.
All of these Jehovah's Witnesses certainly claim to believe, to trust, or to exercise faith in the Son of God, yet virtually no one in any congregation will partake of the bread and the wine when opportunity is given and these elements are passed around among them. Although these elements are meant to testify intimately of the broken body and shed blood of the Saviour, the Witnesses refuse them because they are taught that they do not nor cannot belong in the 'new covenant' put in place by Jesus Himself through His blood being spilled for the remission of sin, which in New Testament greek litterally means sending away or removal and that His followers, the church, should in reverence celebrate this practice until He returns. This is in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
Well, did you know that to genuinely believe in the Son of God brings with that belief some very wonderful blessings from Jehovah Himself? Listen to the beloved apostle John, for example, from 1 John 5: 10-13.
‘He who believes in the Son has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the witness that God has given of His Son. And this is the witness: that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. '
What assurance! Incredible and true!
In addition, how about some more priceless truth from John, this time John 7:37-39.
‘On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying," If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me; as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified’
Moreover, from Romans 8: 8, 9, and 11, this promise;
‘... so then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His... But if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.'
All this comes to the one who believes, as a free gift says Paul in Romans chapter 5, and by underserved kindness or by grace, as Ephesians 2: 8-9 assures us. Furthermore, Romans 4: 4 - 5 convincingly puts it this way, 'Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as undeserved kindness but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.' (see also John 6:28)
I do believe that you would not want to make Jehovah God a liar, so please let me ask you, Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you exercise faith that Jesus came and was given all authority from His Father? (Matthew 28:18) Do you trust the fact that Jesus is the mediator between God and human beings? (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 12:24)
In Scripture, Jesus many times extends an invitation to His listeners; like this one found in John 6 verses 35 and 54.
''I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst... whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
Well, if this does not express the intimate fellowship brought about and found in the 'new covenant', then I don’t know what does.
The Watchtower invites you to be in observance of the 'new covenant' but Jehovah God and Jesus invite you to receive it. Yes, you! You do have a choice, Can you really say that you do not want to be in the ‘new covenant’. Can you really say, “No!”?