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Up Way Publications 40th Anniversary

Truly Witnessing
For Jehovah

From the beginning of mankind’s existence, the creator of the universe has attempted to make Himself known to His creation. In the Garden of Eden, at the beginning He walked and talked with His creation. When sin entered the world, He had a plan already in mind to reconcile man to Himself. “…who reconciled us to Himself…” (2 Cor. 5:18*). The name Jesus is the contraction of Jehovah Our Salvation. “… and unless blood is poured out no forgiveness takes place,” (Heb. 9:22*). Abraham both spoke immediate and long term prophecy when he said, “…God will provide Himself the sheep…” (Genesis 22:8*). John the Baptist introduced the sacrificial lamb to the world. “…See, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29*).

Speaking of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Peter who is described as “…filled with the Holy Spirit…” in verse 8, says, “Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved,” (Acts 4:12*).
The Apostle Paul declares, “And whatever it is  that you do in word or in work, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, thanking God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17*). So it is clear that we who live in the New Covenant or New Testament age are to use the name for Jehovah which means that He is our salvation, namely, Jesus. God gave his name Jesus (Yahweh-Savior) to his Son at birth. His Son was tested as no man ever was before or since to see if he would fulfill the meaning of that name. The supreme test was to taste eternal death for all mankind. He passed that test. So now He has that name in a newer and stronger way.

God does want us to call Him by His name. There was a time, when He ministered to His people in healing that He was known especially as Jehovah-Rapha. He also manifested Himself as Jehovah-Shalom, Jehovah-Nissi, and Jehovah El-Shaddai. “…as respects my name Jehovah I did not make myself known to them,” (Exo.6:3*). “That people may know that you whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth,” (Psalm 83:18*). He is still all of those, for He changes not, but today it is through the name of Jesus Christ that we have salvation from our sins.

It is not through our own works of righteousness that we are saved, but by His grace, “By this undeserved kindness, indeed, you have been saved, through faith…” (Eph.2:8*).
“…His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6*).

“Look! God is my salvation. I shall trust and be in no dread Jehovah is my strength and my song.” (Isaiah 12:2*).

“This is what  Jehovah has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaser of him, Jehovah of armies, ‘I am the first and I am the last, and beside Me there is no God. And who is there like Me? Let him call out, that he may tell it and present it to me. From when I appointed the people of long ago, both the things coming and the things that will enter in let them tell on their part. Do not be in dread, you people, and do not become stupefied. Have I not from that time on caused you individually to hear and told it out? And you are my witnesses. Does there exist a God besides me? No, there is no Rock. I have recognized none,” (Isaiah 44:6,7,8*).

Speaking of Jesus, the Apostle Peter declared, “Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved,” (Acts 4:12*).

God foreknew He would “according to the eternal purpose that he formed in connection with Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Ephesians 3:11*).

”For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him a name that is above every [other] name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” (Phil. 2:9-11*). Notice, in v. 11, that Jesus is Lord, not to his own glory, but to his Father’s glory.

“For the Father judges no one at all, but he has committed all the judging to the Son, in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him,” (John 5:22, 23*).

So, in this age of the New Covenant, how should man witness for Jehovah? Clearly, it is in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.  And how do we correctly teach mankind to inherit Eternal Life? Just exactly the same as the early Apostles of Jesus did.  Those who (1) Believe on Him as the scriptures say become convicted of their sinful nature and having lived to please self instead of God. They (2) Repent of their sinfulness, die to their old sin nature, bury their old nature in the watery grave of (3)  Baptism, in the name of Jesus Christ and God then confirms that He knows they have truly trusted (believed in and on) Him, and He confirms their new life with the cry of the newborn, with (4) the Gift of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by the outcry in a heavenly language (speaking in tongues or “glossolalia). (See Acts 2:38*.)

— S. M. S.
* All references used in this tract are from the
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
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