“Now You Are God’s People”: information for personal study
THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) NOVEMBER 2014
“NOW YOU ARE GOD’S PEOPLE”“You were once not a people, but now you are God’s people.”—1 PET. 2:10.
CAN YOU ANSWER?• Who became Jehovah’s new people in the first century?
• How were true Christians to prove themselves “a people for [Jehovah’s] name”?
• Who are Jehovah’s people today, and what must the “other sheep” do to find protection during the “great tribulation”?
(Galatians 6:16) As for all those who walk orderly by this rule of conduct, peace and mercy be upon them, yes, upon the Israel of God.
(Romans 2:29) But he is a Jew who is one on the inside, and his circumcision is that of the heart by spirit and not by a written code. That person’s praise comes from God, not from people.
- 2 -(Acts 1:12-15) Then they returned to Jerusalem from a mountain called the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem, only a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they arrived, they went up into the upper room where they were staying. There were Peter as well as John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bar•thol′o•mew and Matthew, James the son of Al•phae′us, and Simon the zealous one, and Judas the son of James. 14 With one purpose all of these were persisting in prayer, together with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers. 15 During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (the number of people was altogether about 120) and said:
(Romans 8:15, 16) For you did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear again, but you received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: “Abba, Father!” 16 The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.
(2 Corinthians 1:21) But the one who guarantees that you and we belong to Christ and the one who anointed us is God.
(Luke 22:20) Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf.
(Hebrews 9:15) That is why he is a mediator of a new covenant, in order that because a death has occurred for their release by ransom from the transgressions under the former covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance.
(Acts 2:1-11) 2 Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them, 4 and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak. 5 At that time devout Jews from every nation under heaven were staying in Jerusalem. 6 So when this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Indeed, they were utterly amazed and said: “See here, all these who are speaking are Gal•i•le′ans, are they not? 8 How is it, then, that each one of us is hearing his own native language? 9 Par′thi•ans, Medes, and E′lam•ites; the inhabitants of Mes•o•po•ta′mi•a, Ju•de′a and Cap•pa•do′ci•a, Pon′tus and the province of Asia, 10 Phryg′i•a and Pam•phyl′i•a, Egypt and the regions of Lib′y•a near Cy•re′ne; sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; 11 Cre′tans; and Arabians—we hear them speaking in our languages about the magnificent things of God.”
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