FALSE AND TRUE
DO YOU SINCERELY desire to be rich and very happy? If so, a knowledge of how to gain riches and how to enjoy the same is of the greatest importance to you. If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. Every person who will learn the right way, and who will then continue diligently to follow that right way, is absolutely certain in time to possess great riches and all attending blessings. The right way is not to be found in human schemes. He who would be truly rich must earnestly seek to gain a knowledge of JEHOVAH GOD and his great treasure house.
Are you willing to devote the necessary time and give sincere consideration to the study of what is written in this book? If so, you will gain a knowledge that will bring to you real peace of mind, because this book does not contain the opinion of a man, but sets forth the truth taken from the Word of God. It will satisfy those who carefully consider it. Millions of honest persons have been tamed away from Jehovah God, and from the Bible, because of the misrepresentation both of God and of the Bible. Millions of others have been kept in ignorance of the Bible because self-
ish men have informed the people that they cannot understand the Bible. The truth is that the 'Scripture given by inspiration of God' is for the very purpose of instructing honest and fearless persons in the right way to go. (2 Timothy 3:16,17) The inspired Scriptures make the clear distinction between false and true riches and make plain the reason why happiness is gained and fully enjoyed only by those who find true riches. Before you can intelligently choose the false or the true way of becoming rich you must learn of both ways; then, being free to choose, you will choose one or the other. If you rely upon the opinion or word of any man, you are certain to go in the wrong way. "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help." (Psalm 146:3) If you trust in and rely upon the Word of God, you are certain to go in the right way. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5,6) The greatest crisis of all time is now upon the human race, and every honest person will now have the opportunity to learn the right way to go in order that each one may freely choose his own destiny. Your opportunity is now at hand.
False riches, consisting of money, houses and lands, acquired by selfish means at cost to others and thereafter used selfishly, are almost always used for the oppression of other persons. In this present time a few men own or possess almost all the money, houses and lands, and the great mass of humankind suffer in need of the very necessities for their daily living. Riches thus selfishly acquired and wrongfully used
the Scriptures describe as "filthy lucre". Selfish men love the power that a great amount of money gives them, and for that reason it is written in the Scriptures that "the love of money is the root of all evil". (1 Timothy 6:10) The evil is not in the money, but money results in evil because of the love of gain and power that money brings to the one that possesses and wrongfully uses it. If one honestly obtains money and properly uses it in a righteous cause to the glory of God, that money does not result in evil, but in good.
The few men who possess the wealth of the material things of the earth at the present time are not truly happy. In almost all cases such men are proud, haughty, severe, unkind and extremely selfish. While possessing much more than they need, they are always fearful of losing what they possess. The money of the ultrarich is often used to oppress others, and men who thus use it appear to be proud that they have such power. Concerning them God says: "Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness; they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens; and their tongue walketh through the earth. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches." — Psalm 73:6-9,11,12.
Now perilous times have come, exactly as God's Word foretold they would come, and this is due to the fact that we are in the "last days", when men have become agreement-breakers and unfaithful and
seek to exalt themselves at the expense of both the rich and the poor. (2 Timothy 3:1-4) Selfish political rulers, desiring to keep themselves in power, and overreached by other wrongful influence, proceed to "soak the rich" in order to create more political jobs and thus increase their opportunities of keeping themselves in office. Men who are thus endeavoring to wrongfully take away from the earthly rich that which they possess are both unhappy and extremely selfish. Those who possess much material riches now, and the others who are trying to grab the same, are both moved by a selfish desire; and pursuing that course, they are certain to be sorely disappointed within, a very short time. "Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart upon them." (Psalm 62:10) "He that trusteth in his [material] riches shall fall." (Proverbs 11:28) "As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool." — Jeremiah 17:11.
Such a person becomes a fool for the reason he makes selfish gain, otherwise called "money", his god and relies on the power and protection that his money might bring to him. He disregards God and true wisdom and by his course of action proves that he is a fool; as the Scriptures declare: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." (Psalm 14:1) By pursuing such a course of action, he discloses his motive, which is here represented by "his heart", and in harmony with this he in effect says that he is a fool. By disregarding God's provision made for man, and by pursuing a selfish course, man becomes en-
tirely blind to his best interests. The multitudes of people on earth have gone practically crazy by reason of their insatiable desire to acquire material wealth. Such false riches endure but a short time. Man dies, and that is the end of his riches which he has acquired in the wrong way: "Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivereth from death." (Proverbs 11:4) "Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away, as an eagle toward heaven." (Proverbs 23:5) These texts here quoted apply to what is termed "false riches".
To understand the clear distinction between false and true riches is essential to your life and happiness. Only in the Bible is there to be found that clear distinction and contrast. Jehovah God is truly rich far beyond the imagination of humankind. The word "world" means that which is both in earth and in heaven, that is, both the things seen and the things unseen by human eyes. All things belong to Jehovah God: "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1) "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) "Thou art worthy, 0 Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11) To learn of the true riches we must go to the fountainhead of such riches.
Christ Jesus is exceedingly rich. The name originally given him, as set forth in the Scriptures, is The
Word of God, that is, the Logos, or One whom Jehovah God uses to announce and to put into execution his commandments. The Word or Logos was the beginning of Jehovah's creation (Revelation 3:14), and thereafter Jehovah God employed the Logos (his Word) as his active agent in the creation of all things. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was [a] God." (John 1:1) The literal translation, by the Emphatic Diaglott (interlinear reading), is: "In the beginning was the [Logos], and the [Logos] was with the God, and a god was the [Logos]." That means that Jehovah God is the great First Cause, without beginning and without end, and is therefore "the God"; and that the beginning of his creation was the Logos or Word, who is "a god", that is, a mighty one. When Jehovah God sent his Beloved One, the Word, to earth, he was given the name "Jesus". Jesus said: "My Father is greater than I." (John 14:28) Jehovah God is the Father; Christ Jesus, the Son. Jehovah "God [the Father] . . . created all things by Jesus Christ", his Son. (Ephesians 3:9) Concerning Christ Jesus, the Word, it is written: "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." — Colossians 1:16,17.
All things that are done by Jehovah God are done in order and in full harmony with his universal organization. That organization of Jehovah consists of the Logos, cherubim, seraphim, angels, and others,
and over all is the great Almighty God. One of the names given to God's organization is "Zion", and that organization is symbolically represented or pictured by a woman, which "woman" gives birth to children. (Isaiah 54:1-13) Out of his universal organization Jehovah God takes certain ones that are in harmony with him and builds them up into his capital organization, of which capital organization Christ Jesus, the King of glory, is the Head. The capital organization of Jehovah He specifically uses to carry out his purposes. That organization is otherwise spoken of in the Scriptures as "the kingdom".
God created the first man, whom he called Adam. Then God created a woman, whom ho named Eve; and this man and woman were given the power from Jehovah God to reproduce their kind, that is to say, to cause conception and birth of children. The first man and his wife were a part of Jehovah's universal organization; that is, they were in the earthly or visible part thereof under the supervision of an invisible overlord. They were in Eden, a place of perfection and beauty. To man God had announced his law, and man was told that the penalty for the violation of God's law is death. The manner in which man violated God's law would not be material. The crime consists in the violation in any manner; and the penalty, death. God did not require of man a great thing, but required of him the small thing of declining to partake of certain fruit. The man willfully violated God's law, and therefore was justly sentenced to death and was expelled from God's universal organization.
After a long period of time, during which time the organism of Adam was degenerating, the man died.
At and from the time of his creation man was rich until he became a sinner, and then he lost all things. (Genesis 3:17-24) The wrongful act of Adam in breaking God's law, together with the wrongful acts of other creatures involved in that wicked transaction, brought great reproach upon the holy name of Jehovah God. Would Jehovah God take the necessary action to clear and vindicate his holy name before all creatures of his universe? The answer to this question is found in the Scriptures, and now of this you shall learn.
The name "Almighty God" specifically applies to the Eternal One as the great First Cause, and the Creator of all things created. His name "Jehovah" particularly means his purpose toward his creatures. At the time of the disobedience and fall of Adam and his expulsion from the universal organization of God the great Creator there in cryptic language announced his purpose to bring into existence his capital organization, or kingdom, which in due time shall destroy all lawless ones and establish righteousness in the earth as in heaven, and that all this will be to the vindication of Jehovah's name. (Genesis 3: 15; 12:2,3; 22: 16-18) "God is love" (1 John 4:16); which means that he is wholly unselfish and that all things are done by him unselfishly. The vindication of his name in the mind of creatures does not add anything to Jehovah. What creatures think of the Almighty Creator is of no profit to the Creator. God has announced his purpose to vindicate his name, and that vindication will afford his creatures full and complete oppor-
tunity to gain great riches at the hands of the Creator. God is not trying to save creatures, but he affords his creatures the opportunity to avail themselves of the salvation which he has provided. He is the source and fountain of all riches; and for man to have and to enjoy such riches man must know God and know of his provision to gain the desired and true riches. Jehovah makes it possible for all his intelligent creatures to receive riches at his bountiful hand.
Man was created for the earth and in order that he might have and enjoy the fullness of the riches of the earth. The perfect man in Eden therefore was rich, and such riches he might have possessed forever had he continued obedient to his Creator. By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised his power to bring children into the earth, not only Adam lost everything for himself, but his children were born as sinners, imperfect, and without the right to live. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." (Romans 5:12) It is written plainly in the Scriptures that Jehovah God created man for the earth and the earth for man: "I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; I am the Lord, and there is none else." — Isaiah 45:12,18.
Shall the disobedience of man and the loss of the right to live, and the loss of the right to true riches,
defeat the purpose of Jehovah for which he created the earth? The purpose of Jehovah cannot fail, but must be accomplished; and concerning this it is written: "I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it." (Isaiah 46:11) "My word . . . shall not return unto me void; but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11) Jehovah would not permit anything to prevent him from carrying out his purpose. God does not change, neither does his law change. (Malachi 3:6) He does not reverse his own judgment or sentence or determination. Seeing, then, that all men, by reason of Adam's sin, were born imperfect and without the right to live, how could it be possible for any man ever to gain the true riches at the hand of Jehovah God and to for ever thereafter enjoy the same?
By his own efforts man could never gain the true and desired riches. It is written: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9) This scripture in a few words states how it is possible for a man to obtain true riches, which is the greatest desire of all sane creatures. Born in sin, and shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51:5), alienated from God and under the power of sin and absolutely certain of death, all human creatures come into the world in a state of abject poverty. A small percent of the human race, at a loss to their fellow creatures, become rich in the material things of the earth; but these entirely miss
the true riches, and their false riches thus obtained avail them nothing in the end. "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: that he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwellingplaces to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not; he is like the beasts that perish." (Psalm 49: 6, 7, 9-12) Thus is stated the condition of the imperfect human race, entirely helpless and with no ability to gain that which is so greatly desired.
Although God could not set aside his judgment against man and the effect thereof upon the descendants of the first man, yet he provided in his law that he could consistently accept a substitute for the condemned race and thereby relieve man of the disability under which all find themselves. The unselfish provision made by Jehovah for man, therefore, was that a life might be given for a life, that is, a perfect sinless life be given as a substitute for the one who was once sinless and who became sinful and therefore subject to death. (Deuteronomy 19:21) The sinless life that is accepted in the place of the man Adam, who committed sin, must be a perfect human life. It could be nothing more, and certainly nothing less, in order to meet the requirements of God's law. All the human race being the offspring of Adam the sinner, it is entirely impossible for any of Adam's offspring
to become the ransomer or redeemer of his fellow mankind. "Ransom" means an exact corresponding price, that is, the price of exactly the same value as the law requires of the one who committed the sin.
It was the perfect man Adam that sinned, and God's law required the forfeit of Adam's life in death; and the judgment of God took away from Adam his right to live, and he died. Nothing could become a ransom for Adam save a perfect human creature, possessing human life and the right to that life. The one who becomes the redeemer or ransomer of Adam and his offspring must stand exactly in the position occupied by Adam prior to sinning and at the time he was perfect when in Eden, and before he had taken any wrongful steps whatever in the commission of sin. The one who would take the place of the sinful man and suffer death in order to provide redemption must be a perfect human creature. If he was part spirit and part human that would not be a price exactly corresponding to the perfect man Adam. In no creature was there the power to make this provision for redemption. Only God could provide such a ransomer or redeemer, and the Scriptures show that he has provided the redemption for man. In doing this Jehovah was moved entirely by unselfishness.
The Logos, the spirit creature, the Word of Jehovah God, was exceedingly rich, because he was next to Jehovah and the active agent of Jehovah in the creation of all things and consequently enjoyed the fullness of riches of all creation. In order for him to become the redeemer of man he must become a man, and hence he must lay aside all of that riches and glory which he possessed and enjoyed in heaven
and become just a man. In harmony with this it is expressly written that "Jesus... was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, . . , that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man". (Hebrews 2:9) This proves that Jesus on the earth was not part spirit nor wholly spirit creature, like the angels, but was made human and lower than the angels, and made thus in order that he might become the redeemer or ransomer of mankind by taking the place of man as a sinner and suffering death as a sinner. Laying aside his heavenly riches and glory, therefore, he became poor.
How was the Logos, now called "Jesus", made a man? His father or life-giver was not a human creature, the descendant of Adam. If the son of Adam, then he could not have been born a perfect man. The Scriptures point out that Joseph and Mary were espoused and before their marriage was consummated, that is, before there was intercourse by them, Mary "was found [to be] with child of the holy spirit". That means that the invisible power of Jehovah God, his spirit, had caused Mary to conceive in her womb a babe. Stated in other phrase, Jehovah God had exercised his power, and in the womb of Mary was a child before she was married to Joseph. The angel of God then transmitted to Joseph this message, to wit: "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the holy spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,
Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us. " — Matthew 1: 20-23, American Revised Version.
In due time Mary gave birth to the child which she had conceived by reason of the miraculous power exercised by the great Creator. When the child was born God begat him, which means that He acknowledged the child as his Son and called his name Jesus, which means that he was born to be the Savior of the world. At the moment of the birth of Jesus a message of greatest importance to humankind was announced by God's angels, which were sent from heaven: "And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. . . . Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." — Luke 2:9-14.
Thus into the world came the perfect child named Jesus: "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:40) Under God's law a man was required to be thirty years of age in order to serve as a servant or priest in God's organization. Jesus grew to manhood's estate, and now he was ready and qualified to carry out the purpose of his Father, Jehovah God. He met John at the river Jordan, and there John, at the request of Jesus, baptized Jesus in the river. This was done as an outward testimony
that Jesus had agreed to do his Father's will, whatsoever that should be: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and, lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:16,17) In this manner Jehovah acknowledged or begat Jesus Christ as his Beloved One sent to earth to accomplish his purpose. For three and one-half years thereafter the man Jesus was put to the most severe test, and under such test at all times proved his loyalty and faithfulness to God and maintained his integrity toward his Father.
Why was Jesus on earth? The primary reason, as given by the Scriptures, is that he was on earth to vindicate the name of Jehovah God; and the secondary reason was, to redeem the human race and thus afford an opportunity for man to live. The secondary reason is here first considered, and the primary reason is considered in a subsequent chapter herein.
The redemption of man is so important, and a clear understanding thereof so necessary, that in order to make the matter as clear as possible some things heretofore stated are repeated. The imperfect man Adam, under the sentence of death, could not transmit to his offspring the right to live. Since all humankind are the offspring of Adam, all were brought into the world without the right to live. In a few words it is stated in the Scriptures, to wit: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." — Romans 5:12.
All human creatures are by inheritance sinners, and for that reason are not directly responsible for their imperfection. They are born in sin and in lawlessness because of conditions over which the child has no control. "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalm 51:5) The removal of that disability from the human race could be accomplished only by the perfect man Jesus' dying as a sinner and in the place and stead of the sinner and to thereby provide the ransom or redemptive price for mankind. The man Jesus was a perfect man and in every way exactly corresponded to the perfect man Adam before he sinned. Jesus possessed life as a human creature, and also the right to life, because at all times obedient ones in harmony with God have the right from God to live. The perfect man Jesus possessed all the necessary qualifications to become the redeemer of the human race. The redemptive price must be provided first, and the vindication of Jehovah's name must follow thereafter.
God could not consistently compel a perfect man to die in the place of one who had sinned, but he could make it possible for a perfect man to willingly die in harmony with his Father's will. It was the will of God that men should have an opportunity to live, and the Lord Jesus was fully committed to do the will of God; hence he voluntarily submitted himself to the will of God in order that he might become the Redeemer. God's provision or law was stated in this manner: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6: 23) That law of God means that he who willingly sins must die and that there
is no escape from death and no hope for subsequent life unless Jehovah makes it possible for man to live. Life is the gift from God, and he has made provision to give life to obedient men through Jesus Christ.
Life and the right to live only God can give, and for this reason it is written that 'life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ'. Before this gift is even offered, however, the disability of the one to whom the gift is made must be removed; and that disability could be removed only by the life of the perfect man Jesus given in sacrifice and applied as the ransom price for sinful man. For this reason Jesus said: "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28) The coming of Jesus was not that he might receive something for himself, but that he might minister unto others and that he might give his life as a means of salvation for as many of mankind as would comply with the requirements of God's law after having received a knowledge thereof.
The perfect man Jesus must die, not because of wrongdoing on his part nor by compulsion, but he must die voluntarily in obedience to the law of his Father. It was the delight of Jesus to do the will of his Father, and he so expressed it. (Psalm 40:8) That Jesus was not compelled to die, but did so willingly and in harmony with his Father's will, note his own words: "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself I have power to lay it down, and I have power
to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." — John 10:17,18.
These words of Jesus clearly prove that Jesus was at unity or in full accord with his Father and whatsoever was the will of his Father that Jesus delighted to do. In heaven Jesus was very rich. Leaving the heavenly courts to become a human creature Jesus became poor, as compared with what he had as a spirit. As a man on earth Jesus was rich. He was the only man ever on earth, aside from Adam, who was perfect. One of the titles by which he was known, and is since known, is "The Son of the man" (Greek MS), meaning that because he was the only perfect man he became the rightful owner and possessor of everything that Adam once had and lost. Adam had become a pauper by reason of his sin, and now Jesus must become a pauper voluntarily in order to assume the place of the sinner Adam. To become the redeemer of sinful man Jesus necessarily must divest himself of every right and possession. In support of this conclusion it is written: "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9: 58) This does not mean that Jesus could find no place to rest his body, but does mean that, having come to take the place of sinful man, he must lay aside claim to everything. Therefore he gives the comparison between himself and the foxes and the birds. He must become entirely poor, divested of all riches.
And why did Jesus become poor? So far as the answer relates to man, he became poor, as stated by the Scriptures, "for your [man's] sakes . . . that ye through his poverty might be rich." (2 Corinthians
8:9) Otherwise stated, Jesus, by fully complying with the will of God, qualified to become the Savior of humankind and God's instrument by and through which life can be given to the obedient ones of humankind. For this reason Jesus said: "I am come that they might have life." — John 10:10.
Aside from the provision Jehovah made, and the redemptive work performed by Christ Jesus, there is no possibility for any human creature to ever have life: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) Only those who have full faith and confidence in the shed blood of Jesus as the redemptive price for man can obtain life everlasting. For the obedient ones God has provided the means of granting life and forever sustaining that life. This provision God had foreshadowed by his dealing with the children of Israel through the hand of Moses. The Israelites in the desert were in great need of food, and God sent them food at the hand of Moses, whom he had appointed to lead them. Bearing upon this point of God's provision for man to live, the Jews said to Jesus: "Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall
never thirst. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." — John 6: 31-35, 38, 40.
Bread is food used to sustain the human organism, and here Jesus used bread as a symbol to picture himself whom God has provided as the Giver and Sustainer of life. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven that a man may eat thereof, and not die." (John 6:47-50) These words of Jesus were spoken with absolute authority from Jehovah God.
That the death of Jesus results beneficially only to those who believe and obey the Lord is further supported by the words of Jesus, spoken with authority from on high, to wit: "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." (John 12:46,48-50) God does not compel anyone to avail himself of the benefit of the ransom sacrifice. Life is "the gift of
God", and a gift is received only by the one who first learns about it and then accepts it.
The death of the perfect man Jesus would, in any manner inflicted, meet the requirements of the law, because death was the penalty inflicted upon Adam. Why, then, was Jesus crucified? Jesus was crucified, not on a cross of wood, such as is exhibited in many images and pictures, and which images are made and exhibited by men; Jesus was crucified by nailing his body to a tree. His being put to death in this manner symbolically said: "This man is cursed of God." Dying as a sinner was ah ignominious death, and being crucified upon a tree in effect said: "The one here dying is put to death as a vile sinner." Such was a provision that God had made in his law. (Deuteronomy 21: 22,23) The curse of God was upon Adam because of Adam's willful sin. To become the ransomer or redeemer Jesus must die as though he were accursed of God, a vile sinner, yet without sin in fact; and for this reason Jehovah suffered his Beloved Son to be put to death by nailing him to a tree. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." (Galatians 3:13) "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree." — Acts 5: 30.
The crucifixion of Jesus upon a tree is a testimony to all creation that he willingly suffered the most ignominious death in order that he might prove himself entirely obedient to the will of God under the most adverse conditions and thereby meet all the requirements of God's law as pertains to a sinful man.
It was the man Jesus who became poor as a man
and died in ignominy. It was Christ Jesus whom Jehovah God raised out of death, a creature divine, and who is "alive for evermore" and to whom Jehovah has committed boundless riches. In support of this conclusion, note the divine record: "Who, though being in God's form, yet did not meditate a usurpation to be like God, but divested himself, taking a bondman's form, having been made in the likeness of men; and being in condition as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. And therefore God supremely exalted him, and freely granted to him that name which is above every name; in order that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those beneath; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, for the glory of God the Father." — Philippians 2:6-11, Diaglott.
Jehovah God has placed Christ Jesus in the most exalted place in all of His universe, next to the Most High God. Christ Jesus is given all the riches of the universe and made the chief officer of Jehovah, the Vindicator of Jehovah's name, and the One who speaks with absolute authority. That Christ Jesus is the active agent of Jehovah in the creation of all things, and that since his resurrection he is the heir of all things and speaks with absolute authority, note the following: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him." — Hebrews 1:1-6.
Christ Jesus is made the King of the world, therefore its rightful Ruler, and in his name alone the people who would receive the blessings of Jehovah must trust, and they must completely rely upon him. "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore GOD, even thy GOD, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands." (Hebrews 1:8-10) Christ Jesus is made the Author of eternal salvation to all who believe in the value of his shed blood, and who render themselves in full obedience to him as God's great administrator of blessings to the human race: "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." — Hebrews 5: 9,10.
The ransom sacrifice provided does not mean the salvation of every man that has ever lived on earth, but means an opportunity for salvation and riches
to be had and enjoyed by those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and who then render themselves in full obedience to God's law. The so-called "doctrine of universal salvation" is entirely wrong and completely out of harmony with the Word of God. It is equally erroneous to say that God tries to save anyone. It is not only wrong but a blasphemous doe-trine to say that any man has power to "save souls", such as is claimed by men. Salvation proceeds from Jehovah God through Christ Jesus to those (and those only) who comply with God's provision for salvation.
One who has a clear perception of the truth possesses knowledge. To "know" means to perceive, comprehend and clearly understand what is truth. Without the truth no one can properly be informed. He who speaks with complete authority says concerning Jehovah's Word: "Thy word is truth"; meaning that Jehovah's purpose, as recorded in his book the Bible, is the truth. (John 17:17) It is by receiving a knowledge of the truth and by full obedience thereto that men may be qualified to be used in the service of the Most High God and to receive at his hands the great riches that come from his boundless treasure house.
Men have formed organizations and caused such organizations to promulgate dogmatic statements, teachings or doctrines, which are held up as a guide to the people, and by which millions of persons have been deceived. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy is made up of a few men, who assume authority to rule and govern, and that Hierarchy rules and controls mil-
lions of persons who are submissive to the Hierarchy. Such persons are not counted as members of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy or of "the church", but are designated by that organization as "the Catholic population"; meaning that they are the ones who bear up, support and furnish the money for such organization. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy has put before the people certain dogmatic statements or doctrines and told the people that they must follow the same, and millions of good persons have been induced to follow and obey the Hierarchy and by these doctrines have been greatly deceived. They are deceived because such dogmatic statements or doctrines put forth by the Hierarchy are not in harmony with God's truth.
The Roman Catholic Hierarchy has been diligent to keep from the people the Bible in order that the people might be kept in subjection to the Hierarchy; and, being in subjection to the Hierarchy, those millions of honest persons are not free, but are in bondage to a man-made organization. They can never be free until they break away and cease to follow the doctrines of men, and receive and follow the truth as set forth in the Word of God. To such persons in bondage and who are honest the words of Jesus apply, to wit: "If ye continue in my word, ... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ... If the Son [Christ Jesus] therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8: 31-36) True knowledge, therefore, means to know the truth as spoken by Jesus and as set forth in the Scriptures.
The value of the truth to man cannot be overstated. The Scripture texts which follow should be carefully
considered by all who desire to share in the riches which God has provided for obedient man: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7) "Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul, discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: to deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things." — Proverbs 2: 3-12.
"Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." — Proverbs 8:10,11.
'The wise lay up knowledge.' (Proverbs 10:14) It is only the wise that will ever receive and enjoy the true riches which God has provided for obedient men. "And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength." — Proverbs 24:4, 5.
The "wise man", within the meaning of the Scriptures, is he who gains a knowledge of God's truth
and then diligently follows and obeys the same. He is the man that gets wisdom: "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her." — Proverbs 3:13-15.
Material riches honestly obtained and possessed and used in a proper way result in good, but such is not to be compared with a knowledge of the truth: "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!" (Proverbs 16:16) "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." — Proverbs 9:10.
The fear of the Lord, as mentioned in the Scriptures, does not mean a morbid dread, but means to fear to do that which is contrary to the Word of God and to thereby displease Jehovah: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." — Proverbs 8:13.
This text means to hate (and hence to refrain from doing) anything that works injury to another; to avoid pride and arrogancy, because such are displeasing to God; and to hate and hence to avoid the way of any who substitute the theories of men for God's Word of truth and who thereby mislead others. It means to refrain from and to hate anything that is fraudulent. The one who will please God must pursue the course as instructed by the Lord, to wit: 'Do good unto all men as you have opportunity,' and let
the Lord do the judging, (Galatians 6:10; Romans 14:4) As you gain a knowledge of the truth be diligent to pursue the truth and to present the truth to others as you have an opportunity and to thereby do good to them and show an appreciation of God's goodness toward you. A knowledge of God's truth must be had before one could possibly receive the riches of God's gift. It therefore follows that any man, men or organization that has kept you in ignorance of the Bible, and induced you to refrain from reading books that explain the Bible, has been instrumental in keeping you in ignorance of God's means of bestowing his blessings upon you. The Scriptures were written that man might have an opportunity to know the truth, and no man or company of men has the right to make merchandise of the people by assuming to teach them errors in the name of the Lord.
Because Jehovah God is love, and therefore entirely unselfish, he has made provision for the salvation and blessing of man: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Moved by unselfishness Jehovah God, at great cost to himself by the giving of his Beloved Son, has opened the way for human creatures to live, to become the recipients of the riches of his blessing, and to demonstrate their integrity toward him. The material riches which men of the world gain are always accompanied sooner or later with much sorrow. The blessings which Jehovah God bestows bring exactly the opposite result: "The bless-
ing of the Lord, it maketh rich; and he addeth no sorrow with it." (Proverbs 10:22) Without exception, God's blessing bestowed upon man is accompanied with peace and joy.
For the assurance and benefit of those who are diligently seeking knowledge and understanding of God's Word, it is written: "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward." — Psalm 19: 7-11.
The man who follows the law of God will never be brought into sorrow. It is only when he departs from the law of God that sorrow comes upon him. Knowledge and understanding of God's law, and obedience thereto, are to be desired above everything else.
True riches proceed from Jehovah God and are administered by Christ Jesus to the faithful obedient creature. To the man who gains knowledge, and walks in the way of the Lord, these precious promises are given: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful: but his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth
forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." (Psalm 1:1-3) The apostle and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, having shared in some of the riches of Jehovah's great treasure house, says to his fellow creatures who seek to walk in the right way: "[I] cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." — Ephesians 1:16-19.
The world is composed of heaven and earth. "Heaven" has reference to the things not seen with the natural eye. "Earth" means those things that can be seen by the eye of natural man. For many years the peoples of this earth have been ruled by an unseen power which is very wicked, and an organization of men on earth under the dominating control of that great wicked one. God has declared his purpose to establish a righteous world that shall govern the people in righteousness: "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." (Genesis 22:18; Isaiah 32:1) Jehovah God is certain to carry out his announced purpose. Based upon God's sure and unfailing promise, the faithful and inspired apostle
wrote: "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:13) It is concerning this new heaven and new earth that you are now seeking information. The new heaven and new earth constitute the world of righteousness. That new heaven is God's capital organization, of which Christ Jesu3 is the Head, and which organization possesses riches beyond the description that could be given in human words. Together with Christ Jesus, the Head, that organization is composed of 144,000 associate members with Christ Jesus who share with him in his riches and glory, and is supported and accompanied by a host of holy angels attending upon the Lord Jesus.
The 144,000 associate members of that capital organization are taken from amongst men. (Revelation 7:4; 14:1-4) These men are first given a knowledge of the truth, separated from those of the world, put through a test, tried, and approved by Jehovah God, and all this work is done by Christ Jesus, the great High Priest of Jehovah. Christ Jesus was himself first chosen, tried and fully proved, and, showing his faithfulness in maintaining his integrity, he was then exalted to the highest position in Jehovah's universe. After his resurrection and ascension on high Christ Jesus begins the selection of the associate members that shall be in his organization, and this continues until it is accomplished at the end of the world. That holy and royal organization of Jehovah will always he invisible to human eyes, because Christ Jesus is spirit and the members of his royal house are spirit creatures, and no human eye can see a spirit crea-
ture. This royal house constitutes the new heavens, of which the apostle speaks.
Since the 144,000 associate members in the royal house of Jehovah are selected from amongst men, how is it possible for any man to become a spirit creature and thereafter be invisible to human eyes? It is certain that no man could of himself attain to that exalted state, but it is only by the grace and power of God that such can be accomplished. The way was made open by the full obedience of Christ Jesus that God might take out from the world and exalt men to be associates with Christ Jesus.
Because of sin, that is to say, the willful breaking or transgression of God's law, Adam was sentenced to death. Christ Jesus, the Redeemer of man, died on the earth; but in order that the judicial record of Jehovah against man, which record is kept in heaven, might be cleared, it was necessary for the value of the human life of Jesus that was sacrificed to be presented in heaven as an offering for the sin of man. The perfect man Jesus, being dead, could not present the value of his human life as a sin-offering. The perfect life of the man Jesus was not forfeited as was Adam's life. Jesus died; but, he being holy, harmless, without sin, the right to his human life still persists. (Hebrews 7:26) God raised up Jesus out of death, not as a man, but as a spirit creature divine and immortal, never again subject to death. (1 Peter 3:18, A.R.V.; Revelation 1:18) It is the divine Christ Jesus who presented the value of his human sacrifice before the throne of judgment or mercy seat in heav-
en as a sin-offering in behalf of sinful man, and to satisfy the divine record against man. The ceremony of presenting that life of Christ Jesus as an offering for sin was introduced in type at the tabernacle in the wilderness, which God caused Moses to build, and that ceremony foreshadowed Christ Jesus presenting in heaven the value of his perfect human life as an offering for sin.
In the tabernacle ceremony the bullock was slain in the court, which surrounded the tabernacle and which court pictured the earth, where Jesus died. Then the blood of the slain bullock was carried by the priest into the Most Holy in the tabernacle, and there sprinkled upon the mercy seat, and this pictured Christ Jesus, the great High Priest, appearing in heaven and presenting the value of his sacrifice there in behalf of man. (Leviticus 16: 6,11-14) The tabernacle service here mentioned was performed once each year. The slain bullock pictured the perfect man Jesus. The blood carried into the Most Holy, and sprinkled upon the mercy seat, pictured the lifeblood or value of the perfect human life of Jesus presented in heaven itself as an offering for sin.
Concerning this matter it is written: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Nor yet that he should offer himself of-
ten, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once [and not daily, as when the Catholic priest celebrates mass] in the end of the world hath he appeared, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Hebrews 9:22-26) The shed blood of Christ Jesus presented in heaven is the basis for justification of man and the bringing back of men into harmony with God who believe and obey what is taught in the Word of God.
It is true that Christ Jesus selected his apostles before he was put to death and eleven of those apostles proved faithful unto God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Their justification, however, could not take place until the value of the sacrifice of Jesus had been presented in heaven. Those faithful apostles, having been faithful to God and Jesus, were justified at Pentecost, and that was evidenced by the pouring out of the holy spirit upon them at that time. (Acts 2:1-16) From that time onward others were privileged to be selected from amongst men and placed in the heavenly organization of Jehovah under Christ Jesus as leader and head thereof.
Paul was selected by the Lord and afterwards made an ambassador of Christ Jesus, and Paul was given the power of inspiration from Jehovah to write authoritatively, and his inspired writings are made a part of the Word of God. He received his instruction from the risen Christ Jesus, and then he wrote these words, to wit: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was bur-
ied, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures; . . . And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due tune." — 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.
Christ Jesus died as a sinner for the sin of man, and God raised him out of death for the justification of those men who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. "Justification" means to be made right with God, that is to say, have a standing before Jehovah in righteousness resulting to the justified one, and which entitles the one justified to the right of life. — Romans 4:24,25.
It is God who justifies or determines who is right with him. Before the man can be justified he must comply with God's fixed rules, the first of which is to receive some knowledge of Christ Jesus, and to believe upon him as the Savior of man. Says the Lord Jesus Christ: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14: 6) "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." — John 6:44,45.
Knowledge is therefore the first essential. Such knowledge Jehovah God makes possible to be had by those who diligently seek to know the right way. They learn that all men are born sinners and that Christ Jesus is the Redeemer of man; and having faith in the shed blood of Christ Jesus, they learn that he is the only way that leads to life. A man is thus drawn to Christ Jesus by the knowledge which Jehovah has
provided for him. He sees that God is the Giver of life, and that Christ Jesus is the Redeemer of man, and by and through Christ Jesus the gift of life is obtained.
FOR HIS NAME
The entire period of time from Pentecost until the second coming of Christ and his kingdom is occupied in the selection of those who will be associated with Christ Jesus in his kingdom. It is the 144,000 that are selected to be made members of the royal house. Are these selected merely to get them into heaven? No; they are taken out from amongst the peoples of the nations of earth to be witnesses among men to the name of Jehovah and his kingdom. Concerning this it is written:" God at the first did visit the [nations], to take out of them a people for his name." (Acts 15:14; A.R.V., margin) While on the earth these selected ones must show forth the praises of Jehovah God and his King, and for that purpose they are called out of darkness and given the light of God's Word. (1 Peter 2:9) Many have been led to believe that God has caused the gospel to be preached merely to save men from eternal punishment and give them a home in heaven. That is not God's purpose, as his Word clearly shows. The company of persons so taken out from amongst the nations are the elect company of God, all of whom must be put to a certain test and must perform certain specific duties while on the earth; and the manner of their being taken out or selection, according to the Scriptures, is as follows:
When God draws one to Christ, as above stated, then that person must show his faith in God and in
Christ by making a consecration to do the will of God, if he would be pleasing to Jehovah. This he must do even as Christ Jesus covenanted to do the will of God. (See Psalm 40: 7, 8.) The disciples of Jesus had been drawn to him, and Jesus was giving them instruction, which instruction likewise applies to all who are taken out of the world as a people for the name of Jehovah. "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works." — Matthew 16:24,25,27.
These words of Jesus show that the man who would become a true follower of Christ Jesus must deny himself, that is to say, voluntarily agree to put aside his own selfish will and gladly do the will of God. That is consecration. It was the will of God that Jesus should die a sacrificial death, and it is the will of God that those who are to be associated with Christ Jesus in his kingdom must die with Christ Jesus and be raised out of death as spirit creatures. This means that the man who would live with Christ Jesus must die as a man and from the time of his consecration until death such person must by his works prove his faithfulness to God and Christ, and those who do prove faithful Christ rewards at his second coming.
The person who exercises faith in God and in Christ Jesus by making an agreement to do the will of God is in line to be made right or given a standing before God, which is called "justification". The apostle un-
der inspiration wrote to his fellow followers of Christ Jesus to the effect that Abraham showed his full faith in God and because of his faith thus exercised God counted him a righteous man. Then the apostle adds: "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." — Romans 4:20-25.
It is God who justifies or counts the man righteous who consecrates himself. (Romans 8: 33) The one who is justified stands before God as though he were a righteous man, having all rights attaching to the one who is righteous: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Romans 5:1,2) Justification results in the right of man to live as a human creature.
The man is justified in order to qualify him to become a follower of Christ Jesus, and such justification is an invitation to follow in the footsteps of the Lord: "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." — 1 Peter 2:21.
It being the will of God that those who are thus justified and who are called shall die with Christ Jesus, the person who covenants to do the will of God must die as a human creature in order that he may be raised out of death a spirit creature. The justified one God accepts to be a sacrifice with Christ Jesus, and that means the right to live as a man or human
creature ceases and the privilege to live a spirit creature begins: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:3,4) God acknowledges that one as his son, and this means that he begets that one as a son of God: "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:18) "Begetting" means that God acknowledges or owns that person as his son called to the heavenly kingdom: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time." — 1 Peter 1: 3-5.
The person thus begotten by the will of God is a new creature in Christ: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) Before that person all prospects are new because his hope now is to share in the heavenly riches with Christ Jesus, provided he continues faithful. From that time unto death he must prove his faithfulness under the severe test.
Concerning his purpose in coming to earth Jesus said: 'To this end came I into the world, that I should be a witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.' (John 18: 37) As Jesus was faithful and true as a witness to the name of Jeho-
vah God, so likewise his faithful followers must be witnesses to the name of God. Because Jesus told the truth, he was greatly reproached and persecuted; and because his followers tell the truth, they must expect to be reproached and persecuted, as the Scriptures declare. (Romans 15:3; Psalm 69:9) Those persons thus taken out from among the nations as a people for Jehovah's name are separated from the world, and to them Christ Jesus says: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." — John 15:18-21.
The reproaches and persecution that come upon the faithful followers of Christ Jesus are due to the fact that they bear testimony to the truth, and this affords them an opportunity to prove their faithfulness and to maintain their integrity toward God. Complete devotion to Jehovah and Christ Jesus, and faithfulness to the end, is required of all who start to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. To such Jesus says: "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown, of life." (Revelation 2:10, A.R.V.) That does not mean a partial faithfulness or faithfulness for a specific time, but means to be faithful all the time unto God and unto Christ. Concerning such it is written:
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us." — 2 Timothy 2:11,12.
Paul the apostle was a faithful servant of and follower of Christ Jesus, and when he had reached the end of his earthly journey he wrote these words to his brethren: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (2 Timothy 4: 6-8) In brief, such is the course a follower of Christ Jesus must pursue.
From the time of Pentecost to the second coming of Christ Jesus the calling and selection of the members of the royal house progressed. Within that time those who have died in faith and faithfulness have been dead and must await the coming of the Lord and the resurrection. Now the coming of the Lord is an accomplished fact, and those faithful ones, such as the apostle Paul, have been resurrected and have become a part of God's heavenly organization or royal house. Those who have been permitted to remain on the earth until now, and who are faithful unto God and Christ in the performance of their consecration, constitute the earthly or visible part of God's organization; and these continuing faithful unto death shall be instantly changed in the resurrection from human to spirit creatures, as it is written: "Behold, I shew you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall
all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." — 1 Corinthians 15:51-54.
While on the earth those who receive God's approval must be witnesses to the name and kingdom of Jehovah. In no other way can they be faithful and perform their commission. Such are the anointed ones and are commissioned to do that work, as it is written: "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." — Isaiah 61:1-3.
They must be obedient to the commandments of Jehovah, and which commandments are spoken by Christ Jesus; and any who fail or refuse to obey Christ Jesus, of whom Moses was a type, are certain to be destroyed. (Acts 3: 22, 23) The end of the world
has come, and concerning this time Jesus gave specific commandment that applies to all his true followers on earth, to wit: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto, all nations: and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14) This commandment must be obeyed, and for this reason the followers go forth as witnesses to the name of God and Christ Jesus. Because of their faithfulness in obedience to the commandments of the Lord they are hated by all who are against God and his kingdom. — Matthew 10: 22.
In obedience to the Lord they must go from house to house delivering the testimony of the kingdom. (Luke 10: 5) The apostles did that very thing. (Acts 20:20) Jehovah has bestowed upon these faithful ones his name, calling them by a "new name", to wit, "Jehovah's witnesses," and they must perform the duties enjoined upon them to testify to his name. (Isaiah 43:10-12; 62:1, 2) It is certain that they will be opposed by all those who are not for God, and they must ''obey God rather than men''. (Acts 5: 29) They will obey the laws of the nations as long as those laws are not contrary to God's law; and this was what Jesus meant when he said: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's." (Luke 20:25) In performing their covenant these faithful ones necessarily suffer reproach and persecution, but such they must endure unto the end. — Matthew 10: 22; 24:13.
Do those faithful ones have a promise of receiving riches? Yes; those faithful unto the end are certain to be sharers in great riches and share with Christ Jesus in his glory and power. Christ Jesus is the heir
of all the riches of God's boundless universe. (Hebrews 1:2) The faithful, who become members of his royal house, share with Christ Jesus in his glory and boundless riches, as it is written: "The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." — Romans 8:16-18.
During the period of approximately 1,900 years Jehovah has been calling, instructing and selecting those who make up his royal house, of which he, Christ Jesus, is the Head and Lord. Faithfulness is required of all who are thus brought into His royal family. Millions of persons have been led to believe that they are Christians, and claim to be followers of Christ, almost all of whom have never even learned what is required of a follower of Christ. The Scriptures definitely show that the number of the royal house is limited to 144,000. He is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, chosen and faithful. (Revelation 17:14; 7:4) To these the riches of God are given, not as an inducement to faithfulness, but such is God's provision for those who prove their faithfulness and maintain their integrity even unto death. Jehovah does not hire anyone to serve him. He does not induce anyone to serve him by reason of a reward. No creature could bring any profit to Jehovah God, regardless of what he might do. (Luke 17:10) Those who enter into a covenant to do the will of God and who are invited into the
covenant for the kingdom and who joyfully prove their faithfulness unto death are permitted to share the heavenly riches.
It is written that love is the principal thing, and love for God means that the creature is unselfishly and entirely devoted to God, regardless of what suffering his faithfulness may bring upon him. Having agreed to do God's will, he must do it. Complete faithfulness induced by love or unselfishness brings to such God's riches, and concerning this the faithful follower of Christ Jesus said: "0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (Romans 11: 33) The riches of Jehovah are so boundless that no creature can understand them fully, but into these unfathomable riches God admits those who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.
The 144,000 members of the royal house are the only ones taken from amongst men who find their everlasting abiding place in the invisible realm of Jehovah God, and concerning these it is written: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." — 1 John 3: 2.
Does that mean that none aside from the 144,000 will ever be the possessors of riches which are bestowed by Jehovah? No, such is not the teaching of God's Word. The 144,000 spirit creatures constitute the royal house, which company shares with Christ Jesus in his kingdom, and to the twelve apostles, representing all the faithful, the promise is made: "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration,
when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Matthew 19:28) This proves that there must be and "will be a regeneration, including the obedient ones of mankind, and in this work of regeneration the 144,000 shall share with Christ Jesus, serving under his direction.
Instructing his disciples, which instructions apply to all who would live, Jesus said: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21) These words apply to those called to be followers of Christ Jesus, to be sure; but they also apply to all who will do the will of God.
Does one have to go to heaven in order to lay up treasures in heaven? No. A person may lay up treasures in heaven even though he does not go to heaven. All riches of treasures proceed from heaven, and riches from such treasure house result to those who receive a knowledge of God's purposes, as stated in his Word, and who then are diligent in their endeavors to do the will of God. Jehovah is the source of riches, and Christ Jesus the dispenser thereof. Men who devote themselves to acquiring material riches on earth and ignore the instruction of the Lord are acquiring that which perishes and disappears. Those who devote themselves to know and to do the will of God are laying up riches that endure for ever. The riches that obedient men shall receive on earth come
from heaven. Jehovah God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, — James 1:17.
The treasures which many have been laying up on this earth will avail them nothing in the end. Selfishness has moved men to build up great material wealth, and this they have done at the cost of much suffering to others, and therefore their treasure is of no lasting value to them; and concerning such it is written, in James 5: 2, 3: "Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days."
The words of Jesus show that riches thus acquired are not availing or helpful in time of distress or great need. The man of good will who desires to know and to do that which is pleasing to the Almighty God diligently searches God's Word in order to gain a knowledge of God and Christ and to learn the right way, and thus he finds how he may lay up treasures in heaven that shall be available to him and bring everlasting joy and comfort.
The Scriptures and facts show that the selection of the 144,000 now is about completed. What is written in this book is written chiefly for the aid of those people of good will now on earth who desire to find in the Word of God the way that leads them into the riches that will never perish. Those who have set their hearts to do the will of God will find such treasure of riches. These riches proceed from God and are his blessing upon man, and with such God adds no sorrow, but, on the contrary, adds lasting peace
and happiness. You will now be desirous of finding out what are the provisions Jehovah has made for the millions of men on earth who want to do right but who will never be taken to heaven.