Caller: My question is our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, is He, God and the Holy Spirit one and the same?
Pastor Doug: No. The reason I say that is because obviously, when Jesus is praying at His baptism to the Father in Heaven, He’s not praying to Himself or He’s schizophrenic. And when the Holy Spirit comes down upon Him, you’ve got three separate personalities doing three separate things. By any definition they would be different.
Caller: So Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s not God Himself?
Pastor Doug: Well when you say the word ‘God,’ you’ve got God the Father, you’ve got God the Son, and you’ve got God the Spirit. The characteristics of God Jesus had them all, but yet He separates Himself from the Father.
For instance, you can see even in the Old Testament God said, “Let Us make man in Our image.” You’ve got one entity comprised of three persons.
You know what confuses people sometimes Ricky?
Caller: What’s that?
Pastor Doug: Is the Hebrew concept of one. A husband and wife get married and the Bible says they become what?
Caller: They become one.
Pastor Doug: One flesh, but you’ve got two people still right?
Caller: Right. Ok.
Pastor Doug: So God the Father is distinct from Jesus who is God the Son, who is distinct from God the Spirit.
Caller: Ohh ok. Could I ask one more question – I know you have other calls – what is the difference between a born-again Christian which I am and a Jehovah’s Witness because they read from the same Bible?
Pastor Doug: Well I would respectfully disagree. My friends, who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, read from a different translation of the Bible called the New World Translation and it does not go along with the Divinity of Christ – and I can tell your first question and your second question are related.
Matter of fact, the main reason Ricky the Jehovah’s Witnesses re-translated the Bible was because they could not prove their beliefs about the Divinity of Christ from the regular Bible. They had to re-write it to get it to say what they wanted.
Caller: So they re-wrote the Bible.
Pastor Doug: They’ve got their whole version of the Bible. Now I don’t know – they may have sat down with you and grabbed a King James Version. They’re learning to do that.
But the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a whole other translation called The New World Translation, which was translated by the Watch Tower Society. Hey we've got to keep going Ricky. People are waiting and we're almost out of time. Thank you.
Caller: Thank you for taking my call. God bless.
Pastor Doug: God bless.