What is the Father's nature?

A 3-day Jehovah's Witnesses convention begins Friday (June 10) at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

They believe God the Father alone is Jehovah. From jw.org: "Above all, we want to honour Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to imitate Jesus Christ and are proud to be called Christians." They believe that prior to coming to earth, Jesus was Michael the archangel.

In their New World Translation (NWT) the word "other" is inserted four times into the text of Colossians 1. Verses 15-17 read: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth... All other things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist..."

All other English versions of the New Testament follow the Koine Greek text, which doesn't include the Greek word for "other". From the NIV: "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth... all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."

Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jesus was the first creation of Jehovah and say that the phrase "the firstborn of all creation" proves it. But what Jehovah's Witnesses may not know is that the word "firstborn" has two meanings: a) first born/created, and b) pre-eminence.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians, he used the Greek word "prototokos" (pre-eminence), not the Greek word "protoktizo". So when Paul writes that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, he means Jesus is pre-eminent over the creation (because He created it).

If Jesus isn't Jehovah, why does the Bible say the Father and the Son were both pierced (Zech. 12:10; Rev. 1:7), both valued and sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12-13; Matt. 26:14-16), both called the Alpha and the Omega (Rev. 1:8; Rev. 22:13-16), and both called Almighty God (Gen. 17:1; Rev. 1:8 with 22:20).

The NWT also changes "in you" in the Koine Greek to "in union with you" at 2 Corinthians 13: 5-6: "Keep testing whether you are in the faith; keep proving what you yourselves are. Or do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in union with you? Unless you are disapproved. I truly hope you will recognize that we are not disapproved."

The fact remains that the words meaning "union with" are not found in this passage in the Koine Greek.

Finally, if you ask Jehovah's Witnesses: "Is Jesus a true son of his Father?" they will say "yes". Then Jesus must share his Father's nature.

What is the Father's nature: Deity (God) or archangel?

David Buckna

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