Monday, June 29th, 2009
"All the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction." (Romans 15:4)
The Bible presents examples of those who lived for God's purpose and those who did not. The lessons from such examples apply to people of all ages, cultures, and circumstances. (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11) Nimrod built great cities, but he did so in opposition to Jehovah. (Genesis 10:8, 9) Many others, though, were good examples. Moses, for instance, did not make the keeping of his status as an Egyptian nobleman his purpose in life. Rather, he esteemed his spiritual privileges "as riches greater than the treasures of Egypt." (Hebrews 11:26) The physician Luke likely helped Paul and others to deal with their maladies. But Luke made his greatest contribution as an evangelizer and a Bible writer. For his part, Paul is known, not as a Law expert, but as a missionary, "an apostle to the nations." -Romans 11:13.
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 1:16)
*I wanted to mention one other scripture to keep in mind especially when we come across apostates who try to twist info just to make JW's look bad or mislead us. Jesus gave the simplest and clearest way of identifying who his true followers were and who were the phoneys...(Matthew 7:15-20) "Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to YOU in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits YOU will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits YOU will recognize those [men]."