He will guide you into all the truth

//He will guide you into all the truth

Friday, February 24

[My word] will have sure success in what I send it to do.Isa. 55:11.

Think about how the preaching of the good news fits in with Jehovah’s loving purpose for humankind. He purposed that humans would inhabit the earth without ever dying; though Adam sinned, Jehovah did not change His mind. Instead, he arranged for humans to be delivered from condemnation to sin and death. Working along with that purpose, Jesus came to earth and sacrificed his life for obedient humans. In order to become obedient, however, they had to understand what God required of them. So Jesus also taught people what God’s requirements are, and he commanded his disciples to do the same. By helping others to become reconciled to God, we share directly in his loving arrangement to rescue mankind from sin and death. This also demonstrates our love both for our fellow man and for Jehovah, “whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.”

COMMENTARY

After the so-called last supper, which in reality was the first supper, or first evening meal of the Christian era, Jesus spoke at length with his chosen apostles —minus the treacherous Judas who had gone out into the night after Satan had entered into him.

Only the apostle John recorded Jesus’ extended last conversation with them before he was arrested and executed. Beginning in the 16th chapter of John Jesus told them that they were going to be persecuted —even killed by religious zealots who would imagine they were rendering God a sacred service by murdering his sons.

Then Jesus said to them: “I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.”

The holy spirit did indeed come. And it had a most transformative effect upon them when they were anointed just 50-some days later during the Festival of Harvest, or Pentecost.

However, were those anointed Christians guided “into all the truth” over the course of the first century? In one sense, yes. They established Christian doctrine and practice and recorded it in what is called the New Testament.

But considering that they were in anticipation of Jesus’ return it cannot be said they were guided into all the truth. Since Jesus is the way and the truth, his return is the end of it. The apostle Paul acknowledged as much when he wrote to the Corinthians, saying: “For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy partially, but when what is complete comes, what is partial will be done away with. When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, to think as a child, to reason as a child; but now that I have become a man, I have done away with the traits of a child. For now we see in hazy outline by means of a metal mirror, but then it will be face-to-face. At present I know partially, but then I will know accurately, just as I am accurately known.” —1 Corinthians 9-12

The apostle Peter confirms that being guided into all the truth is not complete until the presence of Christ. After discussing the transfiguration of Christ, of which he was an eyewitness, and which he said signified the presence of Christ, the apostle went on to say: “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, and you are doing well in paying attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place (until day dawns and a daystar rises) in your hearts.” – 2 Peter 1:19

It should be obvious that the daystar rising in one’s heart symbolizes full enlightenment, which coincides with Christ’s presence. Needless to say Christ’s presence among his disciples did not take place in the first century; thus, the need for them to continue paying attention to the prophetic word as to a lamp shining in a dark place. 

 That figurative Daystar, or “bright morning star,” is the glorified Jesus Christ. He ‘rose’ in 1914 when God’s Kingdom was born in heaven, marking the dawn of a new era. — Watchtower 2005 

 Fast forward to the present: The Watchtower teaches that Christ’s presence has been ongoing since 1914. It also asserts that the symbolic daystar has risen in the form of Jesus himself. But, first, please take note that the daystar rises in the hearts of believers. In any case, if the daystar has risen why does the Watchtower continue to sponsor a Bible education work? For example, the Society even published a book delving into Daniel, entitled Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy. But if anointed Christians have already attained full enlightenment due to the powerful presence of Christ, which, again, is surely what the apostle meant by the daystar rising in our hearts, then why is it necessary for us to keep paying attention to Daniel’s prophecy and the prophetic word as a whole?

To put a finer point on it, Peter said the prophetic word is like a light shining in a dark place, but the external illumination of the symbolic lamp becomes dispensable when the daystar rises within due to the illuminating presence of Christ. Ironically, the Watchtower’s extensive Bible education campaign belies their claim that the daystar has already risen.

Since the spirit has still not led Christians into all the truth —the ultimate truth being revealed with the revelation of Christ himself —it is apparent that the words Jesus spoke to the apostles on that last night of his fleshly life apply most aptly to Jehovah’s Witnesses at the present time; namely, there are many things that you simply cannot bear now.

As regards the verse in today’s text, in context Jehovah is speaking to his wife-like organization after God repurchases her from Babylon. In the chapter preceding God speaks words of consolation to his “woman,” saying: “For Jehovah called you as if you were an abandoned wife and grief-stricken, like a wife married in youth and then rejected,” says your God. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great mercy I will gather you back. In a flood of indignation I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting loyal love I will have mercy on you,” says your Repurchaser, Jehovah.”

According to the Watchtower’s latest “adjustment,” the Bible Students did not go into captivity to Babylon the Great back during the First World War. The “new light” has Christianity going into spiritual captivity way back in the fourth century, when apostate Christianity was absorbed into the Roman Empire. But the glorious repurchase is still anchored to 1919. What this means is the “brief moment” God abandoned his congregation spanned over 16 centuries. And instead of the captivity being a result of apostasy, it was actually brought about as an expression of God’s indignation.

It is painfully evident the Watchtower has no idea what captivity to Babylon the Great involves, nor do they have any appreciation for the true nature of the parousia. The unbearable truth is, that, God has not abandoned his covenanted woman nor unleashed his flood of indignation, yet. But it is coming. And in the aftermath comes the repurchase. Surely, God’s word will not return to him without resulting in the complete accomplishment of his will. The repurchase will accompany an outpouring of spirit like nothing before, guiding the remnant into all the truth, to the extent of bringing a conclusion to the Christian era itself. 

2017-02-24T11:41:27+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Commentary|20 Comments
  • muldoon55 .

    Excellent article Robert!
    It’s so ludicrous how the watchtower skews time frames in their interpretation of prophecies.16 centuries = brief moment really?
    On a side note I wonder to what extent (if any)
    an increased enlightening will occur within the ranks of non anointed ones.
    Thanks for all your written works as they resonate with the truth in the hearts of all truth seekers

    • Burt Reynolds

      Hello Muldoon, for me, the term ‘for they will have to know that I am Jehovah…’ conveys a sense that we shall certainly come to know more than we do now, even if the term was applied to the stubborn among us. But also, I think there will be a division between what the annointed will be presented with….otherwise what would annointed mean or accomplish….and what the common sheep will experience in terms of insight into the ultimate glory of Jehovah. I think…hope…the sense of peace and love, appreciation and wonder, learning and understanding will be increased greatly because we would need to understand Jehovah’s purpose. Since Adam, that process has been stalled and at present, our appreciation is limited by our imperfect and inexperienced imagination.

      • muldoon55 .

        Thanx Burt for that insight
        Hope all is well with you brother

        • Burt Reynolds

          Hello Muldoon. Thanks. I’m fine. Busy in my workshop and generally enjoying life. ?

      • Lovely sentiments Burt. I’ve been musing recently on how easy the Anointed have it according to the WTS. They get whisked away to heaven just as the Great Tribulation starts so they can fight along with Jesus at Armageddon, thus avoiding a lot of heartache and a 1,000 years of striving to reach perfection. They are then given immortality (something even the angels don’t have) ie. they don’t need to rely on Jehovah God or anything he has put in place as an energy source to keep alive. One imagines that if granted immortality, even if they decide to go their own way, they will still be allowed to live, unlike those who have the hope of living forever on earth.

        I certainly hope that we get to know God better than we know him now as the WTS don’t paint him in a good light at times, especially with their interpretation of certain scriptures. They paint him more of a vindictive God just ready to wipe anyone out that falls short of the mark (a trait that unfortunately many supposed Christians advocate). I would hope he is like his son Jesus Christ who very much was a merciful individual and took our human condition into account with his dealings with fellow humans.

        • LW

          Actually that’s not quite correct. They are definitely sealed before Armageddon begins but they are not whisked away to heaven before the GT starts. Not even the WT teaches that…what they say is that probably just before/during the final assault of Gog of Magog against God’s people, that is when the sons of God will be revealed and then gathered to heaven in advance of Armageddon because as Revelation outlines all of the chosen ones will be with Jesus when he comes to dismantle the system.

        • Burt Reynolds

          Hello Joe, I don’t think the annointed will get it easy. They will endure a tougher test than you or I and they will not get through it easily. Also, as Jehovah knows the heart of all of us, were any of those annointed likely to go off on their own, so to speak, then they would not be chosen as annointed ones. ‘Many are called, few are chosen’. I don’t view the 1000 years as a trial of faith. More of an affirmation of faith. There will be human frailties to resist of course, but we cannot be expected to achieve that without perfection and so it will be a kindly and slow expedition for us with perfection as the goal. If Christ was created by Jehovah, then he can only as a perfect being, reflect the attributes that his father gave him. Jehovah is the maker of perfection, in other words, he chose or created from within himself, the standards that he called perfection. No laws came to be except through him. That Jesus was created, according to the scripture, or at least my understanding of it, which is considerably less, the clay cannot say to the potter, who formed you and the pot cannot be greater than the potter who made it. This gives me the impression that Jesus if the personification of perfection, but was not the creator of perfection. Thus one may assume that as the creator of such, Jehovah would have a yet greater still insight into the concept of perfection. He causes to become. Jesus became. And through him, all else. If Jesus was on the same par as Jehovah, he would not refer to him as his father ‘who is greater than I.’ So take heart Joe. There is nothing to fear from Jehovah, who knows your heart. We are not even expected to have faith the size of a mustard grain, because if we did, we could move mountains. And Jesus knew that, and knew that we cannot mo e mountains, otherwise the illustration would not have meaning to us as to what to strive for. So when you understand that so little of us is expected, what comes into perspective more clearly, is that it is the intent of our hearts that counts and that it is our hearts that generates what tiny fraction of faith we have in things we simply have no way of understanding, but only that this tiny grain of ours, should be pure, devoted and striving to honour our God Jehovah. So be of good cheer. Jehovah hears you. And Jehovah loves you.

          • Thanks again Burt. Lovely thoughts to meditate on. I feel a lot more encouraged.

            • Marisa Gomez

              I am curious, why are you dressed like a priest of Christendom?

            • Hi Marisa. That’s not me! That’s Father Dougal from a famous Irish comedy sitcom called “Father Ted” and he is completely thick (muy tonto) and has no idea of what is happening most of the time.

              https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GFTgkibl7DU

            • Marisa Gomez

              Hahaha….ok..

          • LW

            Well said!

          • Bklyn Kevin

            The bible surely agrees with your thoughts Burt.
            Philip said to him: “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him: “Have I been with YOU men so long a time, and yet, Philip, you have not come to know me? He that has seen me has seen the Father [also]. How is it you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? The things I say to YOU men I do not speak of my own originality; but the Father who remains in union with me is doing his works.
            John 14:8-10.
            Read more>
            https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/bi12/books/john/14/#v43014008

  • e.v.g

    I think about the program of the meetings. How far they are of the truth regarding the presence of christ and prophecies, its a well hidden knowledge. All that truth of the watchtower will be throwing to the garbage can similar to my rock cd’s. But for now is the finest food grade quality….ha!!!

    • Ed(the other Ed)

      It’s definitely, a major dilemma isn’t? I’m with you all the way on throwin everything in the garbage can including my hard hat and wrenches. Hate to say it but a good led zep tune over a chopped up WT magazine isn’t much of a problem for me anymore. Patience is a virtue for sure!

  • yep, if Jesus is already present, then why wait with a lamp on and teach “know Jehovah”?

  • Dean LaRue

    If the light supposedly keeps getting brighter, the watchtowers eyes aren’t adjusting very well.

    • KB

      The Watchtower is really caught between a rock and a hard place. They must continue to teach a lie to cover over all the other lies that have been told, and I must add that theses lies are told in the name of Jehovah himself. I long for the day when Jehovah is ready to expose the Watchtower for what it really is, and the average JWs eyes are opened to real truth of Jehovah.

      • Dean LaRue

        Ditto

      • Richard Long

        I’m remembering Robert’s point that, while the ‘evil slave’ will be beaten with many strokes, the rest of us, by association will still receive a few. I’ve spent plenty of time promoting those same lies.

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