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All Christian denominations have historically accepted the Trinity. Jehovah’s Witnesses however have always rejected the doctrine of the Trinity. For both faiths the doctrine of the Trinity is a dividing line between being a believer or being an unbeliever. But who is right? Is there or is there not a Trinity? And can the Scriptures answer this question? I think they can. And I think the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ own New World Translation teaches that there is a Trinity despite its differences in translation with other versions of the Bible.

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, I hope you will keep reading. All scripture references will be taken from your translation of the Bible so that there is no question of an incorrect translation.

Before we begin, let us agree that we will accept whatever the Scriptures teach. If the Scriptures teach that there is one God but three persons are described as God, then by faith we must accept that the one God is three persons. We must be willing to accept the Trinity. We have no other choice if we wish to be faithful to Scripture.

So then let us look at Scripture.

First, God is described as one God who is the only Savior

  • “Listen, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah” (Deuteronomy 6:4, New World Translation)
  • “YOU are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that YOU may know and have faith in me, and that YOU may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11, New World Translation)

Second, that one God is “the first and the last” and “the Alpha and the Omega”

  • “This is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaserof him, Jehovah of armies, ‘I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6, New World Translation)
  • I am the Al´pha and the O·me´ga,” says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8, New World Translation)

Third, Jesus is also “the first and the last” and “the Alpha and Omega”

  • I am the Al´pha and the O·me´ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13, New World Translation) – Jesus, the speaker in this verse is identified in the following verse:
  • “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to YOU people of these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.’” (Revelation 22:16, New World Translation)
  • “And when I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand upon me and said: “Do not be fearful. I am the First and the Last, and the living one; and I became dead, but, look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Ha´des.” (Revelation 1:17-18, New World Translation)

Fourth, God raised Jesus from the dead

  • “And we are witnesses of all the things he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem; but they also did away with him by hanging him on a stake. God raised this One up on the third day and granted him to become manifest” (Acts 10:39-40, New World Translation)

Fifth, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit also raised Jesus from the dead

  • The Father – “and to wait for his Son from the heavens, whom he raised up from the dead, namely, Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath which is coming.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10, New World Translation)
  • The Son – “In answer Jesus said to them: “Break down this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Therefore the Jews said: “This temple was built in forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was talking about the temple of his body. When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his disciples called to mind that he used to say this; and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said.” (John 2:19-22, New World Translation)
  • The Holy Spirit – “If, now, the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in YOU, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the deadwill also make YOUR mortal bodies alive through his spirit that resides in YOU.” (Romans 8:11, New World Translation)

Sixth, the apostle Thomas called Jesus “God”

  • “Well, eight days later his disciples were again indoors, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and he stood in their midst and said: “May YOU have peace.” Next he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here, and see my hands, and take your hand and stick it into my side, and stop being unbelieving but become believing.” In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him: “Because you have seen me have you believed? Happy are those who do not see and yet believe.” (John 20:26-29, New World Translation)

As we have seen, the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ accepted translation of the Scriptures teach that there is only one God. This God is “the first and the last,” “the Alpha and the Omega,” and the one who raised Jesus from the dead. But Jesus is also “the first and the last,” “the Alpha and the Omega,” and the one who raised himself from the dead along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Finally, the apostle Thomas, a close follower of Jesus, confirms this understanding by calling Jesus his “God.” Therefore, if we are to obey the teaching of Scripture we must by faith accept that the one God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Holy Trinity.

If you are reading this as a Jehovah’s Witness and beginning to question the teachings of your church, then I encourage you to visit a local book store, find a copy of the Bible in the NIV, ESV, HCSB, or NLT and begin to read the Gospel of John for yourself. May God be pleased to reveal himself to you as the God who saves through Jesus Christ.

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