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As a result of careful study by the early Bible Students in the 19th century, Jehovah's Witnesses, as the Bible Students became known in 1935, believe that the Scriptures contain all the means of learning the truth essential to salvation. (John 18:37 [par|int]; 1 Timothy 2:3-6 [par|int]; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 [par|int]) As such, they learned from the Scriptures alone that Jesus is not God, but has a divine origin in heaven, a created being, having been known as "the power of God and the wisdom of God", (Proverbs 8:12 [par|int]; 22-31 [par|int]; 1 Corinthians 1:24 [par|int]) through whom God made all things (John 1:3 [par|int]; Colossians 1:15, 16 [par|int]). We believe that he served the only true God, Jehovah (Exodus 3:15 [par|int]; John 17:3 [par|int]) as the archangel Michael. (See the heading Evidence that Jesus Is the Archangel below.) He "emptied himself", (Philippians 2:5-7 [par|int]) abdicating all his power and authority as an archangel, and God set that one's consciousness into the womb of a human Jewess named Mary as a human infant whom God named Jesus. (Philippians 2:7 [par|int]; Luke 1:35 [par|int]) No longer was he a heavenly being, and did not remember his position in heaven until his memory of the heavens was opened up to him at his baptism. (Matthew 3:16, 17 [par|int]) He never once claimed to be God.
The perfect man, Jesus, gave his life as a ransom for imperfect humanity who could do nothing to buy back perfection. (1 Peter 2:24 [par|int]) After his death, God resurrected Jesus, conquering death for all who put faith in him, (John 11:25 [par|int]) and he was once again made into a heavenly spirit being. At that time he was granted all authority over heaven where he was installed as king. (Matthew 27:45-50 [par|int]; 28:17, 18 [par|int]) And when he has accomplished the entire plan laid out in the Scriptures, he will hand the kingship back to Jehovah, once again making Jehovah, alone, ruler of all things. — 1 Corinthians 15:28 [par|int]
Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God nor "a god" in the sense that they belong to a pantheon as some try to accuse us. But Jesus is merely God's judge and representative just as Moses was, (Exodus 4:15, 16 [par|int]; Psalm 82:1-8 [par|int]) but in a greater sense, having become heir to the kingdom of God in order that he might subject all things to the only true God, his Father, and the Father of the heavenly adopted holy ones, Jehovah. (John 20:17 [par|int]; Hebrews 1:2 [par|int])
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