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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER III

SPIRIT SONS OF GOD

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SCIENCE of the men of this world cannot solve the secret of the first creation of God. The secret is solvable and is, in fact, now revealed to those who fear God and who therefore have the "wisdom that is from above". The worldly and religious scientists, worshiping their own brains and the brains of other men, pass by the very source of truthful information, God's Word, or they reject its testimony. Thereby they deny God its Author and make fools of themselves. They continue to gaze into the endlessness of space with their telescopes and to peer through their magnifying glasses into the realm of microcosms and to dig into the earth for fossil bones and remains, but never learn the source of life nor come to life-giving wisdom and truth. They never get free from the bonds of their misleading human imaginations and suppositions. They go from one delusion to another, while those who trust in their theories fall into deeper darkness and humankind continues to fight and suffer and die, and the old world faces a terrible end.

The almighty, all-wise God who brought forth his first creation at an unknown time in the past is also able to create now a new world of right-

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eousness wherein men who fear him and worship him in spirit and in truth may live freely in light, peace and joy forever. His first creation has an important and vital connection with the establishment of the hoped-for new world. It is therefore no matter of idle speculation or impudent curiosity for God-fearing men to examine into this question. What God has caused to be recorded in his Word of truth is proper for man to desire and to seek to understand. At the due time God makes it understandable. "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." — Deuteronomy 29:29.

God's first creative work was no experimental model. It was his best work of creation till nineteen centuries ago. It was a perfect work and perfectly showed forth the wisdom and knowledge and praiseworthy workmanship of the Creator. It was deserving of bearing the name of Jehovah its Maker. "For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. The Rock, HIS WORK IS PERFECT; for all his ways are justice: a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he." (Deuteronomy 32: 3, 4, A.R.V.) All Jehovah's works are an honor and credit to him, and the study of them in order the better to know him leads to wisdom and the understanding of the truth. "The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness

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endureth for ever. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. — Psalm 111:2,3,7,8.

God's first creation was living and intelligent and was made to possess wisdom. "For Jehovah giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6, A.R.V.) Hence in the book of inspired proverbs the Creator causes the one who is the beginning of His creation to speak under the symbolic figure of Wisdom and to say: "Jehovah possessed me [(marginal reading) Jehovah formed me] in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth; while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there: when he set a circle upon the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong, when he gave to the sea its bound, that the waters should not transgress his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was by him, as a master workman; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him, rejoicing in

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his habitable earth; and my delight was with the sons of men." — Proverbs 8: 22-31, A.R.V.

Jehovah God had now set out on the purpose of endless creation. He now had beside him a "master workman" endowed with wisdom. This one had received life from God. This made him the Son of God. In begetting this Son or bringing him forth to life Jehovah was the only Producer or Creator, unassisted. His first living creature was therefore the "only begotten Son of God". He was a spirit like Jehovah his Father and could see Him and be with Him. Being a spirit and in the image of God, this only begotten Son was in the "form of God". He was perfectly subject to his Father and Creator. Not once did he meditate upon a usurpation to be equal with his Father; such equality he knew wisely is an impossibility. He recognized Jehovah as the Supreme Power and as his Head. He never turned aside from that rule. Hence the only begotten Son is spoken of as the one "who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped". (Philippians 2: 6, A.R.V.) Jehovah the Father dearly loved his only begotten Son, and the Son loved the Father and proved that love by unselfish obedience to Him and keeping His commandments. He feared Jehovah, not with a tormenting, selfish fear, but with a dread of ever displeasing his Father and God and not glorifying Him. The Son worshiped Jehovah God, which means, not idle adoration

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and admiration, but service actively to God and thereby honoring and exalting Him.

Did this firstborn Son possess immortality, that is, deathlessness? That he did not have this quality and was not immortal at that time is proved by later facts as well as plainly stated in the Bible. Endless life is dependent upon unending obedience to God. By faithful and perfect obedience the Son would live by his Father's approval and could live with him forever. The time came, however, that Jehovah God opened up to his Son the opportunity to gain immortality. That the Father gave the Son such opportunity is proved by the Son's statement: "As the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself." (John 8: 26) This also proves that Jehovah is the Life-giver to the Son.

The Father, Jehovah God, made the Son his mouthpiece or spokesman, which in itself meant that there were to be other creatures and that toward these the Son of God would declare and execute the word of God. Therefore in this position the Son was called "The Word of God". This position of being the Chief Executive Officer of Jehovah put the only begotten Son in a superior position with respect to all other creatures that should be. The Father clothed the Son with power befitting his position, and thus the Son, this "master workman" with God Jehovah, was a mighty one, and was before others, Jehovah only excepted. Concerning the Son in the office of "The Word of God" it is written:

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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." — John 1:1-3.

Does this mean that Jehovah God (Elohim) and the only begotten Son are two persons but at the same time one God and members of a so-called "trinity" or "triune god"? When religion so teaches it violates the Word of God, wrests the Scriptures to the destruction of those who are misled, and insults God-given intelligence and reason. Note first that the above quotation of John 1:1-3 mentions only two persons, not three. The very words of the text also show that the Son, who receives life, could not be coeval or co-existent from eternity with the Father, who gives life to the Son and so begins him. Though there is no beginning of God (Elohim), or Jehovah, there was a beginning of speech or word; and it was God who began or produced speech or word. Thus the very title shows that Jehovah God produced or began the one who is called "The Word". "Thy word is true from the beginning"; or, according to the marginal reading of the Bible, "The beginning of thy word is true." (Psalm 119:160) God is the origin of the Word. "And God [Elohim] said." — Genesis 1: 3, 6, 9,11,14, 20, 24, 26.

The confusion is caused by the improper translation of John 1:1-3 from the Greek, in which the text was originally written, into the English, such translation being made by reli-

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gionists who tried to manufacture proof for their teaching of a "trinity". This fact is made plain in a book entitled "The Emphatic Diaglott", which sets out the original text of the Scriptures in Greek letters and under each line of the Greek text it presents a word-for-word translation of the original Greek. This sublinear English translation reads, as you will note in reproduction below: "In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word. This was in a beginning with the God. All through it was done; and without it was done not even one, that has been done." You will also note that in the regular English in the right-hand column The Emphatic Diaglott emphasizes the distinction between the Creator as THE God and the Word (Logos) as A god by printing the word "GOD" when referring to the Creator and "God" when referring to the Word or Logos.





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By remembering that the word "god", according to the Hebrew, means "mighty one" or "one who is before (others)", and by remembering the Son's power and position with reference to all the rest of creation, it is easily grasped that God's Son, the Word, was and is "a god" (El), or "mighty one", pre-eminent above other creatures, whereas Jehovah, the Producer of the Word, is "the God" (Elohim), without beginning and "from everlasting to everlasting".

By referring to John 10:34-36 you will note that Jesus quotes from the law at Psalm 82:6 and says: "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?" If those mighty men of earth against whom God directed his word of condemnation could be called "gods", much more could and do the true Scriptures speak of God's Son, the Word, as "a god". He is a "mighty god", but not the Almighty God, who is Jehovah. (Isaiah 9:6) Certainly, then, John 1:1-3, according to its original Greek text, is no proof that Jehovah God and his Son are "one in person, equal in power and glory", as religious catechisms say without Scripture proof. The contrary is true. God the Speaker has power over the Word, and sends forth the Word to bear and fulfill God's I message. In agreement with this John 1:18 reads: "No one hath seen God at any time; an

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only begotten God, the one existing within the bosom of the Father, He hath interpreted him."  — Rotherham's translation; see also the A.R.V. translation, marginal reading.

The question now arises as to the other creatures that were produced after God's firstborn Son, the Word. Were these other creatures each a direct creation of God as his Son the Word was? The firstborn Son's title "only begotten Son" indicates that the other creatures were not God's direct creation without any agent in between. After Jehovah God created the Word direct, then he used this only begotten Son as His agent or "master workman" in the creation of everything else. To this effect John 1: 3 testifies concerning the Word: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:14 also declares that God's only begotten Son, the Word, was the One who in due time became the "man Christ Jesus"; it says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." Also 1 John 1:1 reads: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life."

God's use of his Son the Word in the creation of all things after him is further stated at Ephesians 3:9: "God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." Also at Colossians 1:15-17 it is

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written concerning the Word or Jesus Christ: "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist." God's Word, Christ Jesus, would have to be the "firstborn of every creature", to be before all other creations and to be God's "master workman" in producing them. In proof of this Christ Jesus says concerning himself: "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God." — Revelation 3:14.

Being the only begotten Son of God and "the firstborn of every creature", the Word would be a prince among all other creatures. In this office he bore another name in heaven, which name is "Michael". It means "Who is like God?" and marks its bearer as one who upholds the majesty and supremacy of Jehovah God and who will vindicate Jehovah's name and word against any possible false charges and misrepresentations. Other names were given to the Son in course of time. In all the principalities which were created in the invisible spirit realm Michael was "one of the chief princes", and in due time he became the invisible prince of God's chosen people of Israel. (Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9; Deuteronomy 34:5,6) As Jehovah's mighty prince and message-bearer, Michael has

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angels under his command, and hence he is an archangel. It is he whom Jehovah uses to clear out all rebellion from the universe, though it be attended by a time of trouble on earth such as has never before been known. — See Revelation 12:7-9; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:3,21,22; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

For how long Jehovah God and his beloved Son were together without other companionship and enjoying each other's love the inspired Word of truth does not reveal. However, Jehovah has pleasure in the work of creation and in bestowing his loving-kindness upon creatures, and his time came for other creatures to be brought forth. Now he worked jointly with his Son, his only begotten Son being in complete harmony with his Father's purposes and acting in perfect unity and full co-operation with Him. Properly, then, the Son could say: "I and my Father are one." (John 10:30) The Son under his Father's direction proved himself a "master workman" and produced other spirit creatures who were given various rank and power and authority, namely, cherubim, seraphim, and angels.

Cherubim is understood to mean the office of bearers, that is, of God's throne; they are an escort of His throne and uphold His majesty in the throne as the Supreme Power of the Universe. Hence Jehovah God is addressed, at Psalm 80:1, in this manner: "Thou that sittest above the cherubim, shine forth." (A.R.V.) Also Psalm 18:10: "And he rode upon a cherub, and

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did fly; yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind." Also Psalm 99:1: "Jehovah reigneth; let the peoples tremble: he sitteth above the cherubim." — A.R.V.

On the lid of the ark of the covenant which Jehovah commanded Moses to make were two golden representations of cherubim, one at each end of the mercy seat. But the high priest and people of Israel were not permitted to worship and adore these cherubic images. To prevent this, God commanded that, when the ark of the covenant was carried about from place to place, the entire ark including the cherubim must be . covered over with a cloth that they might not even be visible to the people. (Exodus 25:18-22; Numbers 4:5) Man came in contact with living cherubim early in human history. — Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 28:13,14.

Seraphim means fiery or burning ones. The divine revelation shows them as attending upon God's throne at his temple of judgment, and they are used to purge away defilement as by fire. They declare God's holiness, and have been used to foretell that all the earth will yet be filled with Jehovah's glory. — Isaiah 6:1-7.

Angels literally means messengers. It denotes not only Jehovah's message-bearers but also his heavenly deputies sent out on errands of service. One placed as chief or first one over a body of angels would be an archangel in rank. All these are spirit sons, invisible to man and higher than man in form of life and organism. Of God's creation of angels it is written: "Who

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maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire." — Psalm 104: 4; Hebrews 1: 7.

All these are bright and glorious creatures. Therefore they are likened in Scripture to the stars which man beholds in the heavens. They were all sons of God because of receiving life from Jehovah and by his only begotten Son, the Word. The Word was brought forth first in the morning of creation. Then, while creation was yet at its morn, Jehovah together with the Word created another glorious spirit son, named Heylel, which means shining one, day-star, or Lucifer. Being one of the early ones of God's sons, he is called a "son of the morning". (Isaiah 14:12) The Word and Lucifer appear to have been the two described as "morning stars".

Up to this time in universal history all was joy, peace, and constructive work throughout Jehovah's realm of heavenly creatures. The Record, at Job 38:7, describes an occasion of singing and shouting for joy among them: "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy."

All these glorious spirit sons of Jehovah were arranged in an orderly manner and assigned to certain respective duties, to work in harmony with one another without discord and friction. Thereby all would work together without confusion for the carrying out of the righteous and holy purpose of their Creator, Jehovah, So arranged and disposed in "thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers", they all made up the heavenly part of a universal organization,

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Jehovah's organization, over which He reigns supreme as 'King everlasting'. (Jeremiah 10:10) All were subject to Jehovah as Supreme Head. Even the Word, who became Jesus Christ, was subject to the Father: "The head of Christ is God." (1 Corinthians 11: 3; 15: 28) The only begotten Son and all other spirit sons of God worshiped Jehovah as God Most High and Ancient as eternity. "And the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and [its] wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him." (Daniel 7:9,10) Blessed is their portion to behold the majestic beauty of Jehovah and to be his holy ministers!





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