Monday, July 6th, 2009
"A man is declared righteous by faith." (Romans 3:28)
Anointed Christians are declared righteous because they exercise faith in Jesus' ransom sacrifice. (Romans 3:24) In Jehovah's eyes, they are acquitted of sin and can be anointed with holy spirit to be spiritual sons of God, brothers of Christ. (John 1:12, 13) They come into the new covenant and form a new nation, "the Israel of God." (Galatians 6:16; Luke 22:20) As a result of these actions by God in their behalf, anointed Christians do not hope to live eternally on earth. They sacrifice that prospect for the unspeakable joy of being associated with Jesus during Judgement Day and ruling with him in the heavens. (Romans 8:17) At Pentecost 33 C.E., a group of faithful humans were given the opportunity to be among those who would rule with Jesus during Judgement Day. About 120 of Jesus' disciples were baptized with holy spirit and thus became the first anointed Christians.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 4:8, 9)
*I'm gonna post some extra info a little bit later, about faith and baptism as a follow-up to today's text discussion, in order to elaborate on 2 points that sometimes new Bible students get confused about in this regard.