So I’ve been talking with a Jehovah’s Witness missionary once a week for several months now, and I’ve had great success, the way things are going, I might convert him!
This last discussion was about the Trinity, and in particular 1 Cor 8:6 and Rom 11:36.
1 Cor 8:6:
Yet to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.
At first you might think 1 Cor 8:6 is against the Trinity, but I used it to support it! Here’s how… I reasoned that if ‘one God, the Father’ means the Father alone is God, then ‘one Lord, Jesus Christ’ means Christ alone is Lord. But then I asked what Deut 10:17 ‘the Lord your God is Lord of lords’ meant. I concluded that if the Father is both God and Lord, the Son could be both God and Lord. He didn’t disagree to this.
Here’s the kicker! I drew a connection to the Greek versions.
1 Cor 8:6:
ἀλλ’ ἡμῖν εἷς θεὸς ὁ πατήρ ἐξ οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς αὐτόν καὶ εἷς κύριος Ἰησοῦς Χριστός δι’ οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς δι’ αὐτοῦ
**ὅτι ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν τὰ πάντα αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας ἀμήν **
This is important because of their beliefs. They believe that Jehovah is the Creator, who only directly created Michael the Archangel (the pre-incarnate Jesus), and Michael is the Master Worker, who created everything else.
I reasoned, if in 1 Cor 8:6, ἐξ means the Father is the Creator and δι’ means the Son is the Master Worker, wouldn’t in Rom 11:36 ἐξ and δι’ mean God is both the Creator and Master Worker, showing Father and Son are both one God.
He had no answer to this for the past 5 weeks in a row, and this past week, I asked him about it, and he said ‘let’s leave this aside’. I asked him to write to the WatchTower, he refused. I did this 5 times in the past conversation alone, each time he refused.
Anyway, I felt like posting this, because it is a good argument to use against the Jehovah’s Witnesses if they ever come a knockin’.