Was Jesus born again?

Did Jesus need to be born again?

Did Jesus need to be born again? The Watchtower's answer is "yes". They say that it was necessary for Jesus to be born again in order to become a spiritual son of God. In the Insight on the Scriptures Vol. 2 pages 1000-1001, the Watchtower says "Jesus of course, continued to be God's son when born as a human, even as he had been in his prehuman existence...However, about 30 years after his birth as a human, when he was immersed by John the Baptizer, God's spirit came upon Jesus and God spoke, saying, "You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you"...Evidently Jesus, the man, was then "born again" to be a spiritual Son with the hope of returning to life in heaven, and he was anointed by spirit to be God's appointed king and high priest."

These statements by the Watchtower are in keeping with their teaching that Jesus was not born the Christ but became the Christ at his baptism. When he was baptized, the Watchtower says that Jesus received his approval as the Christ and therefore as a spiritual son of God. As proof of this, the Watchtower has their New World Translation saying "You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you", yet in their Kingdom Interlinear Translation, the English under the Greek does not agree with the Watchtower. It says "This is the Son of me the beloved, in whom I found good pleasure." So, at Jesus' baptism Jehovah God said that he was pleased with his Son. 2 Peter 1:17 confirms that Jesus received honor and glory from his Father at his baptism not sonship.

What about Jesus' inheritance?

Jesus did not need to be born again to go to heaven as the Watchtower teaches, because Jesus already received the kingdom of God by inheritance. Hebrews 1:1, 2 says in the New World Translation "God, who long ago spoke on many occasions and in many ways to our forefathers by means of the prophets, has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the systems of things." He did not need to become a spiritual son of God, he already had the sonship by inheritance. He did not need to become the Christ at his baptism, he already was the Christ at his birth. The very best witness to this fact was the angel's testimony at Jesus' birth and Jehovah's angel has never been impeached! Luke 2:10-11 in the New World Translation says "... Have no fear, for, look! I am declaring to YOU good news of a great joy that all the people will have, because there was born to YOU today a Savior, who is Christ (the) Lord..." So Jesus is Christ even at his birth!

Since the prophecy about the coming of the Messiah predicted the birth of a baby, not the baptism of a man, why does the Watchtower insist that Jesus was not the Christ until his baptism? Why does the Watchtower deny that Jesus was the Christ at his birth? Why do they deny that he was the Christ the day before his baptism? Their denial is in essence because they deny that the Christ, or anointed one is a person, instead they claim that it is a title that a person or group of people can claim for themselves. They are the anointed (or Christ class as they previously called themselves). They are equal with Jesus and have his authority. They are the ones to be followed. They are the truth. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, 5. "Look out that nobody deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying 'I am the Christ (or Christ-class or the anointed),' and deceive many.'"

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