of Bread, not as Bread Providers, or as coming themselves out of the House of Bread—for they themselves first had to take of the living Bread—are his faithful footstep followers, the “called and chosen and faithful,” who, with him, constitute God’s capital organization that rules over his universal organization.—Rev. 17:14; 14:1, 3.
Of course, if Jesus Christ had been made Ruler without coming from this heavenly House of Bread, without his first having ransomed mankind and presented the merit of his sacrifice in heaven, he could not give everlasting life to mankind, regardless of how able and beneficent his rule might be. On the other hand, without his being sent forth as the Ruler, he could not give mankind the benefit of his being the Bread of life in the House of Bread.
How much all of us are indebted to this Ruler out of the House of Bread! What a fine example he set for all his followers! Dedicated Christians who appreciate the benefits that are and will yet be theirs and the example he set will delight to serve him. They will do as he did when upon earth, go about “preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.” (Luke 8:1) And as he trained others, so these will also do. For many, January will be a long, cold month, but what are the discomforts of inclement weather compared with the joys that come from being in the direct service of the Ruler out of the House of Bread, bringing the Bread of life to deserving hungry and dying ones!
Do You Remember?
Have you read the recent issues of The Watchtower carefully? If so, you should recognize these important points. Check yourself.
● Why is it not safe for Christians to follow men?
Because men are imperfect, make mistakes and at times prove unfaithful. However, so long as they are of “those who through faith and patience inherited the promises” they may be imitated.—P. 535.*
● What light do the Psalms throw on life’s roadway?
They contain accurate history, inspired prophecy, sound doctrine and admonition to right conduct.—Pp. 550, 551.
● Why cannot 1 John 5:7 be used to prove the trinity teaching?
Because it is spurious, not genuine; it being added later.—P. 556.
● Did the apostle John borrow from Plato his teaching regarding Jesus’ being the Word?
No, he did not. He termed Jesus the Word because the Bible shows that the prehuman Jesus was God’s spokesman.—Pp. 602, 603.
● Is extrasensory perception for Christians?
No; for its manifestations, such as clairvoyance, telepathy, visions, object readings and prediction indicate spiritism.—Pp. 647, 648.
● What is relative subjection?
It is a subjection related to something else; specifically, a subjection limited or qualified by God’s will.—P. 651.
● Who is the “king” mentioned at 1 Peter 2:17, for whom Christians are to have honor?
Any king or any political ruler having governors under him.—Pp. 659, 660.
● What is the “human creation” to which Christians are to subject themselves?
A ruling office created by humans of this world or the one occupying such an office.—P. 660.
● To whom is “relative subjection” due?
It is due to husbands, parents, masters of slaves and political governments.—Pp. 665, 666.
● Who are the “superior authorities” to whom Christians are to be in subjection?
The duly constituted political governments of this world.—Pp. 684, 685.
● In what way are the “superior authorities” God’s ministers?
In that they punish wrongdoers.—P. 712.
● For what compelling reason should Christians be in subjection to the “superior authorities”?
For conscience’ sake.—Pp. 714, 715.
● Why is faith termed “the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld”?
Because it makes evident what has not been discerned before and at the same time refutes what appears to be the case but is not.—P. 751.