Doing good to the brothers of Christ. When?

//Doing good to the brothers of Christ. When?

Sunday, October 4

God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.John 3:16.

In this context, “the world” refers to humankind. Yes, Jehovah’s most generous gift is open to all who choose to accept it. Those who exercise faith in Jesus will receive life in abundance—everlasting life! How can we imitate Jehovah’s generosity? Jehovah “furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment”; hence, we should want to be “ready to share” with others, thus contributing to their joy. We gladly use our resources to give gifts to our loved ones and to help those in need. What can help us to remember to be generous? Some Christians take this practical approach: Whenever they receive a gift, they look for an opportunity to give someone else a gift. The Christian congregation is blessed with countless brothers and sisters who cultivate a spirit of generosity.

COMMENTARY

The generosity of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be put to the test in the near future. That is because it is relatively easy to give when there is an abundance. But how will we respond to the needs of others in times of scarcity and hardship?

Soon this entire civilization will be turned upside down. Then the judgment will begin. On what basis will people be judged? Jesus explained that those who do good to his brothers when they are naked and hungry and homeless will have ministered to him personally. So, it behooves Jehovah’s Witnesses to cultivate a spirit of generosity now, as the Watchtower exhorts. 

But is it really likely that those whom Christ considers his anointed brothers will ever find themselves in that situation — being in prison, naked, hungry and homeless? Yes, absolutely.

(On a side note: The WT now claims that the separation of the sheep and the goats takes place in the future, which is surely true. However, they still maintain that the sheep and goats – although not separated yet – are judged based upon whether or not people support the preaching work sponsored by the Watchtower now. That is because it is inconceivable to Jehovah’s Witnesses presently that the brothers of Christ will ever be literally homeless and hungry. However, the beginning of the day of Jehovah will change everything. ) 

Just consider a not-unlikely scenario of all anointed persons who currently reside in Bethel being put out on the street when the Watchtower collapses, or the very real possibility that criminal charges may at some point be brought against those in leadership positions. During a time of war younger Christians will no doubt face conscription and imprisonment. Then Christ’s brothers will quite literally be hungry, thirsty, naked and chained.

Jesus forewarned his brothers that the day will come when those who kill us will imagine that they have rendered a sacred service to God. Thus, the growing legions of exJehovah’s Witnesses will quite likely be in the forefront of the coming persecution, imagining they are doing their duty. 

But by that means the sheep and the goats will be separated — the sheep on the right and the goats on the left. Then what? Jesus explains: “Then he will say to those on his left: ‘Go away from me, you who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. For I became hungry, but you gave me nothing to eat; and I was thirsty, but you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger, but you did not receive me hospitably; naked, but you did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but you did not look after me.’ Then they too will answer with the words: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying: ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of these least ones, you did not do it to me.’ These will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.”

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2016-12-08T15:11:06+00:00 October 4th, 2015|Commentary|2 Comments
  • DA

    witnessing what goes on among Jehovah’s people currently, One mite wonder during the tribulation who will help Christ brothers in their time of need.

    is Jehovah exadurating what he has said –

    “O how the faithful town has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness itself used to lodge in her, but now murderers. Your silver itself has become scummy dross. Your wheat beer is diluted with water. Your princes are stubborn and partners with thieves. Every one of them is a lover of a bribe and a chaser after gifts. For a fatherless boy they do not render judgment; and even the legal case of a widow does not get admittance to them.”

    “YOU haters of what is good and lovers of badness, tearing off their skin from people and their organism from off their bones; YOU the ones who have also eaten the organism of my people, and have stripped their very skin from off them, and smashed to pieces their very bones, and crushed [them] to pieces like what is in a widemouthed pot and like flesh in the midst of a cooking pot.”

    “Woe to the rebellious, the polluted, the oppressive city! She has obeyed no voice; she has accepted no discipline. In Jehovah she has not trusted; she has not drawn near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions. Her judges are wolves in the night; They do not leave even a bone to gnaw until morning. Her prophets are insolent, treacherous men. Her priests defile what is holy; They do violence to the law.”

    “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “O city that is shedding blood in her midst till her time comes, and that has made dungy idols within herself in order to become unclean, by your blood that you have shed you have become guilty, and by your dungy idols that you have made you have become unclean. And you bring your days near, and you will come to your years. That is why I must make you an object of reproach to the nations and of jeering to all the lands. The [lands] nearby and those far away from you will jeer you, O you unclean in name, abounding in confusion. Look! The chieftains of Israel have proved to be in you, each one [given over] to his arm for the purpose of shedding blood. Father and mother they have treated with contempt in you. Toward the alien resident they have acted with defrauding in the midst of you. Fatherless boy and widow they have maltreated in you.”’” “‘My holy places you have despised, and my sabbaths you have profaned. Outright slanderersa have proved to be in you, for the purpose of shedding blood; and on the mountains they have eaten in you. Loose conduct they have carried on in the midst of you. The nakedness of a father they have uncovereda in you; a woman unclean in [her] menstruation they have humiliated in you. And with the wife of his companion a man has done a detestable thing, and his own daughter-in-law a man has defiled with loose conduct; and his sister, the daughter of his own father, a man has humiliated in you. A bribe they have taken in you for the purpose of shedding blood. Interest and usury you have taken, and you violently keep making gain of your companions with defrauding, and me you have forgotten,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”

    “Her priests themselves have done violence to my law, and they keep profaning my holy places. Between the holy thing and the commonaf they have made no distinction, and between the unclean thing and the clean they have made nothing known, and from my sabbaths they have hidden their eyes, and I am profaned in the midst of them. Her princes in the midst of her are like wolves tearing prey in shedding blood, in destroying souls for the purpose of making unjust gain. And her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, visioning an unrealityn and divining for them a lie, saying: “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said,” when Jehovah himself has not spoken. The people of the land themselves have carried on a scheme of defrauding and have done a tearing away in robbery, and the afflicted one and the poor one they have maltreated, and the alien resident they have defrauded without justice.’ ”

    “And the word of Jehovah continued to occur to Zechariah, saying: “This is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘With true justice do YOUR judging; and carry on with one another loving-kindnessb and mercies; and defraud no widow or fatherless boy, no alien resident or afflicted one, and scheme out nothing bad against one another in YOUR hearts.’ But they kept refusing to pay attention, and they kept giving a stubborn shoulder, and their ears they made too unresponsive to hear. And their heart they set as an emery stone to keep from obeying the lawa and the words that Jehovah of armies sent by his spirit, by means of the former prophets; so that there occurred great indignation on the part of Jehovah of armies.”

    “And I will come near to YOU people for the judgment, and I will become a speedy witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against those swearing falsely, and against those acting fraudulently with the wages of a wage worker, with [the] widow and with [the] fatherless boy, and those turning away the alien resident, while they have not feared me,” Jehovah of armies has said.”

    • 1914for100Alex

      “Get ready to meet your God, O Israel”

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