I feel embarrassed for the questioner. He wants to be a teacher of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but like Paul said of the would-be-teachers of his day, so too Trinitarians, who are “wanting to be teachers of the law when they have no sense either of the things they say or of what it is they are being so positive about.” —Byington 1 Tim 1:7
Surely, no one who honestly reads the immediate context of Philippians 2:11 would come to the conclusion that Jesus is God. That’s because it is plainly evident that Jesus is given the high honor of having his name placed above every other name by virtue of God’s magnanimity. The context states: “For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
As already pointed out in previous questions, the intent of the trinity is to shove Jehovah entirely out of mind. The questioner exhibits that tendency to the full. But any honest-hearted seeker of truth can clearly see that Jesus is kindly given his position and authority by God. What rational person would assert that God kindly exalts himself to a superior position? How could the Supreme Being, the Almighty God, attain a superior position? Or how are we to understand the twisted reasoning of a trinitarian, who would have us believe that Jehovah gives himself a name that is above every other name, when Jehovah is already the Most High God?
Apparently, the trinitarian would have us believe that because God gave Jesus a name above every other name that the name and office of Jesus excel the name and authority of Jehovah. But to no avail. As the inspired apostle noted, the exaltation of Jesus results in glory to God the Father. If Jesus is exalted above Jehovah how could that possibly bring glory to God the Father? But, that is the sort of shell game Trinitarians play.
The same distorted reasoning is employed in regard to Romans 10:9, which states: “For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.”
The trinitarian, in their fleshly-mindedness, cannot comprehend spiritual matters. They read Jesus’ words about raising up the temple in three days and they believe Jesus resurrected himself. Like a dog with a bone it is impossible to get them to drop it. But Jesus did not bring himself back to life. The Scriptures make it plain that God raised Jesus from the dead and thereafter exalted him to a superior position as a reward for Jesus’ faithfulness.
The trinitarian evidently imagines that because Jesus has become Lord he is the same as the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. It is beyond their grasp that there are actually two lords, but one Lord is superior to the other. Ironically, the trinitarians’ preferred Bible makes this very point. Having sanitized all traces of the divine name from their Bibles Psalms 110 presents quite a challenge to the trinitarian, where it states: “The LORD said unto my Lord, ‘Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.’”
Having removed the YHWH rendering of the Father’s name the trinitarian is left to contemplate the undeniable fact that there are two lords. One Lord, the all-caps LORD, is obviously the superior lord since he commands the lesser Lord to sit at his right hand until a certain time when the lesser Lord is given all power and authority. The lesser Lord is Jesus Christ. The greater Lord is Jehovah. There is nothing the Trinitarians can do about that. They used to burn Bibles but those days are over. The truth has prevailed.
Question #41: Why does JW artwork consistently show through all the years Jesus with a single nail through his wrist at the time of crucifixion? John 20:25 says that more than one nail was used for his hands.
I cannot answer in this instance, as to why the Watchtower has portrayed Jesus with one nail through both hands. But the issue can be easily resolved if we use our imagination to picture Jesus hung upon an upright stake with arms stretched overhead, one hand nailed to one side of the pole and the other hand nailed to the other side of the stake. That would require two nails. One through each hand. Nails (plural) does not prove that the stake had a cross beam and that Jesus’ arms were extended horizontally.
The question of stake or cross has already been considered here.
Question #42: How do you explain Revelation 3:21 and Revelation 22:1-4 where it says there is a single throne that belongs to both Jehovah and Jesus? Also, how do you explain the singular words ‘his’ and ‘him’ being used when both Jehovah and Jesus are the subject?
Revelation 3:21 states: “To the one who conquers I will grant to sit down with me on my throne, just as I conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Following this particular trinitarian’s “reasoning,” we would have to conclude that all of the holy ones are God. After all, they are destined to sit on God’s throne along with Jesus. So instead of a 3-in-1 godhead, we have a god composed of 144,003. Makes my head spin.
Again, it is simply beyond the trinitarian’s grasp that Jehovah temporarily gives his throne to his Son. But that is the truth. Jehovah has always sat as King. Jesus has not. Jesus’ becoming king is a reward for his having conquered the world. Same with those who are called to share with Christ. They receive the same reward provided they conqueror the world, which, not coincidently, means they must conquer the false doctrines of the Trinitarians and other false Christians.
Interestingly, in the seventh chapter of Revelation the Lamb is portrayed as being in the midst of the throne —not on the throne. Although Christ is destined to rule as king he does not replace or supplant Jehovah. Instead he rules in behalf of God. Jesus said as much when he was on earth, revealing that he does nothing of his own initiative but that he only judges by the Father’s standards.
So, Christ’s kingdom is really God’s Kingdom, and it is called such; not because Jesus is God, but because he rules for God as deputy king and god. That is why the Lamb is depicted in the midst of the throne. He receives honors and even worship, but all worshippers will acknowledge that Jehovah is God. That is why the Scriptures refer to Jehovah becoming King when Christ’s Kingdom comes to power.
The questioner seems to have a reading comprehension problem. Revelation 22:1 clearly distinguishes the throne of God and the Lamb as two separate things. As pointed out already, Christ rules in behalf of Jehovah and exists in the midst of the throne, but ultimately the throne belongs to God. After all, it is called the Kingdom of God.