Jesus himself said that many would say to him:“Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?” And Jesus’ reply?“Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.”<quoted text>
1st of all I would like to state that Jehovah God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Keeping that in
mind let me add this second point: Jesus said He could only do (John 5:19), hear (John 5:30) and speak (John 12:49-50) what the
Father (Jehovah God) showed Him to do and speak. Jesus further stated in John 7:16 that the doctrine He spoke was not His own
but the Father's. Jesus then instructs us in Matt. 28:18-20 (the Great Commission) and in Mark 16:15-18 Jesus spoke of the signs
which follow the believer. These words remember were not His but the Words of His Father (Jehovah God) who sent Him. So to
deny Jesus' words is to deny Jehovah's Word. Having said all of this let me ask you then, whose words will you trust and believe
in, Jehovah God or your organization?
Jesus did not deny that powerful works would be performed. But these would not be done by his authority,‘in his name.’ They would be done by some other power; hence, they were lawless.(Matt. 7:21-23)
On the other hand, Jesus said of the activity of his true followers:“This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations.” He also said:“Go ... make disciples of people ... teaching them.” Yes, the witness today was to be preaching and teaching, not miracles such as healing.(Matt. 24:14; 28:19, 20)
Jesus has appointed the faithful and discreet slave “over his domestics,” that is, the individual members of the slave class,“to give them their food at the proper time.” He has also appointed the slave “over all his belongings.”(Matt. 24:45-47)
These “belongings” include the growing “great crowd” of “other sheep.”(Rev. 7:9; John 10:16)
Should not individual members of the anointed and the “other sheep” trust the slave appointed over them?
There are many reasons why the slave class deserves our trust. Two outstanding reasons are:
(1) Jehovah trusts the slave class.
(2) Jesus also trusts the slave.
Examine the evidence that both Jehovah God and Jesus Christ have complete confidence in the faithful and discreet slave.
Consider what makes it possible for the faithful and discreet slave to provide timely, nutritious spiritual food.“I shall make you have insight and instruct you in the way you should go,” says Jehovah. He adds:“I will give advice with my eye upon you.”(Ps. 32:8) Yes, Jehovah provides direction to the slave. We can therefore have full confidence in the Scriptural insight, understanding, and guidance that we receive from the slave.
Jehovah also blesses the slave class with his holy spirit. While Jehovah’s spirit is invisible, what it produces in those upon whom it operates is not.
Think of what the faithful and discreet slave has been able to accomplish in giving a worldwide witness about Jehovah God, his Son, and the Kingdom. Jehovah’s worshippers are actively proclaiming the Kingdom message in over 230 lands and island groups. Does that not give undeniable evidence that God’s spirit is empowering the slave?(Read Acts 1:8.)
In providing timely spiritual food for Jehovah’s people the world over, the slave class must make vital decisions. In making them and putting them into effect, the slave exhibits love, mildness, and other aspects of the spirit’s fruitage.(Gal. 5:22, 23)