Sunday, March 27, 2011

8 “But of the Son He says,” … 10 “And,” …

"Without any disrespect, some of the more important areas we differ in our views about God are that we believe only the Father is Jehovah, Jesus was created and is inferior to the Father, and that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force used by Jehovah” Josh, a Jehovah’s Witness, explained. This was our second meeting, and things were interesting from the moment I answered my door.

Instead of his wife, another guy was standing with Josh – both wearing button down shirts and ties, which made Scott and I feel *slightly* underdressed. After a brief recap from our previous encounter two weeks prior, we dove into a discussion about the Trinity and focused primarily on Jesus. Knowing that Jehovah’s Witnesses are prepared to hear many common arguments and verses defending the divinity of Christ, I decided to use two passages they would not have a ready response to.

I had them turn to Psalm 102 and read verses 25-27. We also did a quick rundown of the chapter by pointing out that verses 1, 12, 15-16, 18-19, 21-22 and 24 are all addressing Yahweh (or “Jehovah”). This made it easy to prove that verses 25-27 were also addressed to Yahweh. I then turned to Hebrews 1 and showed them that the author of Hebrews attributed Psalm 102:25-27 to the Son in verses 10-12. To leave them without any doubt I made reference to verse 8 which begins, “But of the Son He says,…” and then quotes from the Old Testament, then continues on in verse 10, “And,…” and cites from Psalm 102:25-27.

For the sake of clarity I offered, “Here is the author of Hebrews attributing to the Son a passage that describes Yahweh/Jehovah. So then, the Son is also called Yahweh in the scriptures. Now if Jesus were not truly Yahweh then applying Psalm 102:25-27 would be incredibly inappropriate, and even blasphemous. But the author of Hebrews has no problem making direct application of this text from the Psalms to Christ because he is Yahweh.”

To their credit they did try to offer an explanation or two from Psalm 102:25-27 and Hebrews 1, but later admitted that they didn’t have a working answer at this point and asked for time to properly address it. I told them I completely respect them for waiting to look into it further. We are scheduled to meet next Saturday around the same time.

Please pray that the triune God might cause them to turn from falsehood unto the true and living God.

Thanks for reading,


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