A Series of Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses Pt. 13a
It is time, once again, to ask another specific question for Jehovah’s Witnesses to answer. Unless noted otherwise, all Scriptural quotations taken from the 2013 revised edition of the New World Translation (http://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/).
Jehovah – the one and only true God
The inspired Scriptures repeatedly affirm that Jehovah is the one and only true God, and that no other gods exist besides him:
“How can you believe, when you are accepting glory from one another and you are not seeking the glory that is from the only God?” John 5:44
“See now that I—I am he, And there are no gods apart from me. I put to death, and I make alive. I wound, and I will heal, And no one can rescue from my hand.” Deuteronomy 32:39
“That is why you are truly great, O Sovereign Lord Jehovah. There is no one like you, and there is no God except you; everything we have heard with our ears confirms this.” 2 Samuel 7:22
“The way of the true God is perfect; The saying of Jehovah is refined. He is a shield to all those taking refuge in him. For who is a God besides Jehovah? And who is a rock except our God?” 2 Samuel 22:31-32
“For you are great and do wondrous things; You are God, you alone.” Psalm 86:10
“No one is like you, O Jehovah. You are great, and your name is great and mighty. Who should not fear you, O King of the nations, for it is fitting; Because among all the wise ones of the nations and among all their kingdoms, There is no one at all like you… But Jehovah is truly God. He is the living God and the eternal King. Because of his indignation the earth will quake, And no nations will endure his denunciation.” Jeremiah 10:6-7, 10
The prophetic writings further proclaim that Jehovah is the only God in heaven above and on the earth beneath:
“You yourselves have been shown these things so you will know that Jehovah is the true God; there is no other besides him… Know, therefore, on this day, and take it to heart that Jehovah is the true God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. There is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:35, 39
“When we heard about it, we lost heart, and no one has any courage because of you, for Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11
“Hez·e·ki′ah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers and read them. Hez·e·ki′ah then went up to the house of Jehovah and spread them out before Jehovah. And Hez·e·ki′ah began to pray to Jehovah and say: ‘O Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, sitting enthroned above the cherubs, you alone are the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear! Open your eyes, O Jehovah, and see! Hear all the words that Sen·nach′er·ib has sent to taunt the living God. It is a fact, O Jehovah, that the kings of As·syr′i·a have devastated all the lands, as well as their own land. And they have thrown their gods into the fire, because they were not gods but the work of human hands, wood and stone. That is why they could destroy them. But now, O Jehovah our God, save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are God, O Jehovah.’” Isaiah 37:14-20
Since Jehovah alone is God the Israelites were commanded to honor and confess Jehovah alone as their God:
“You must not bow down to another god, for Jehovah is known for requiring exclusive devotion. Yes, he is a God who requires exclusive devotion.” Exodus 34:14
“When Jehovah made a covenant with them, he commanded them: ‘You must not fear other gods, and you must not bow down to them or serve them or sacrifice to them. But Jehovah, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm, is the One you should fear, and to him you should bow down, and to him you should sacrifice. And the regulations, the judgments, the Law, and the commandment that he wrote for you, you should always follow carefully, and you must not fear other gods. And you must not forget the covenant that I made with you, and you must not fear other gods. But it is Jehovah your God whom you should fear, as he is the one who will rescue you out of the hand of all your enemies.’” 2 Kings 17:35-39
“Awake and rise to my defense, My God, Jehovah (Septuagint (LXX) – my God and my Lord [ho Theos mou kai ho Kyrios mou]), defend me in my legal case. Judge me according to your righteousness, O Jehovah my God; Do not let them gloat over me.” Psalm 35:23-24
The Father as the one true God
Moreover, the inspired Greek Scriptures refer to the Father as the one and only true God:
“I have come in the name of my Father, but you do not receive me. If someone else came in his own name, you would receive that one. How can you believe, when you are accepting glory from one another and you are not seeking the glory that is from the only God?” John 5:43-44
“Jesus spoke these things, and raising his eyes to heaven, he said: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son so that your son may glorify you, just as you have given him authority over all flesh, so that he may give everlasting life to all those whom you have given to him. This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.’” John 17:1-3
“there is actually to us one God, the Father, from whom all things are and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and we through him.” 1 Corinthians 8:6
“one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:6
“For they themselves keep reporting about our first contact with you and how you turned to God from your idols to slave for a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from the heavens, whom he raised up from the dead, namely, Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
“to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, might, and authority for all past eternity and now and into all eternity. Amen.” Jude 1:25 – cf. Mark 12:29, 32; Romans 3:30; Galatians 3:20; 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2:5
This, therefore, establishes that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is Jehovah God Almighty. Note the logic behind this argument:
- Jehovah is the only true God that exists.
- The Father is identified as the only true God.
- The Father must therefore be Jehovah God.
Now the question remains whether Jesus is also identified as Deity, and if so then what kind of God would Jesus be?
Now for the answer to these questions please proceed to the second part of our discussion.