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Is Jesus on a par with Adam?

On page 63 of the Watchtower's 1982 edition, entitled "You can live forever in paradise on earth", the Watchtower shows Jesus and Adam in full equality and says, "Jesus was the equated counterpart of the perfect man Adam." The Watchtower tries to make clear that the sacrifice that Jesus brought, was no more and no less than the price for a perfect man. Thus he explains that Jesus and Adam were equal in every respect.

On the page 62 of the book "Live forever!" the Watchtower refers to that the fundamental principle of the law of God in the Old Testament calls a life for a life. Due to this general rule the Watchtower says, Jesus could not really be more than a perfect man - he could not have been "God-man", because he would otherwise have been an overpayment of the required redemption price. In the Watchtower of 15 February 1991 on page 13, the Watchtower Society establishes the assertion that a spirit-creature or a "God-man" would not score the dosage of necessary justice.

But is the principle of retribution of the Old Testament 'eye for an eye', 'tooth for a tooth' and 'life for life' the foundation on which the life of Christ was sacrificed?

We agree with the Watchtower, that the sacrifice of Jesus can not be less worth than what is necessary for the redemption of Adam. But wherefrom is the thesis that it would not be more worth than that? Romans 5, 15 - 17 says:

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Did you, dear Jehovah's Witnesses, understand this? The gift of grace is not like the transgression! The gift of life of Jesus is much more than the value of the original sin of Adam. The chapter Romans 5 shows us very clearly that the idea, the sacrifice of Jesus was in an exact equilibrium with the sin of Adam, is not correct. There is no balance in this matter. The sacrifice of Jesus outweighs the sin of Adam by far.

"How can that be?" may question one or the other, "Should not the price be equivalent to what is to buy?" Absolutely not! Let us consider an example. Let's say that your beloved family dog was lost in the puppy age. The dog catcher ask 10 000 $ for the puppy. The puppy isn't actually worth $ 10 000, but you decide to pay the price of 10000 $, because you love your puppy and really wish to get it back. Your sacrifice of 10,000 $ is much larger than the actual value of the animal, but you still pay the price because of your great love for your puppies.

The price you paid for love is something totally different than the present value of what was purchased. The price-performance ratio is not necessarily consistent. So God's love to us overshoots by far our value. The sacrifice of his precious son was a price to pay the father was willing, not because we would have been worth it, or because our value corresponded to the value of the life of his son, but because He loves us so much and is willing to give his best to get us back into his family.

Jesus is worth more?

The sensation of what you are wanted beeing deprived by the Watchtower Society, is that the sacrifice of Jesus is more than enough to pay for the sin of Adam and your sin and my sin and all sin in the world. Jesus willingly went into a horrible death so that his life was given for many, and not only so that his victim worked for a carefully calculated balance of the sin of Adam. Matthew 20, 28 says: "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.".

The Watchtower ignores the ransom sacrifice of Jesus by adjusting his victim to one and the same level with the man Adam. But the Bible says every sincere reader that Jesus is worth so much more.

The one thing, Satan really is afraid of, is the superiority of him who has given himself in the fight for the people. Satan knows that this superiority can only act as a crucial argument against the accusations of Satan, where man believes in the extravagant grace of God. So he artfully resorts to the logically justified degradation of Jesus. By the human logic of the Watch Tower Society he converts the grace of Jesus to a predictable instrument which you can take to help yourself to attain a much higher goal, which allegedly goes over the sacrifice of Jesus.

That no person can be in a position to satisfy the claim of God, Satan takes advantage of. He traps the human mind for the only way, namely for the perfect grace of God, trusting in Jesus. He would like to make people believe that Jesus had obtained only limited grace. To implement that goal, Satan has created the Watch Tower Society. With it, he has installed an organization in the world, with which he can entrust millions of people to death. Because they do not turn to the perfect grace, but consider the smart knowledge of people the more important. Satan knows us well!


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