This says the Watchtower Magazine, April 1st 2009:
Born again: what is its function?
“MANY people believe that you must be born again to receive eternal salvation. However, ¿Do you remember why Jesus said to Nicodemus that he had to be born again? Because “Unless one is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Indeed, Jesus did not say to Nicodemus that it was necessary for him to be born again in order to be saved, but rather, to enter the Kingdom of God. “But is it not the same thing to enter the kingdom and be saved?” Someone might ask. The truth is no…
REBUTTAL TO THIS HERETICAL TEACHING:
A) – Revelation 12:10: Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying. Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because it has been thrown out the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night.
In the above passage, salvation is related to the power, authority and kingdom of Jesus Christ. Therefore the kingdom and salvation go together.
B) – Matthew 19:16-25 Then one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing must I do to have eternal life? He said to him: Why do you call me good? No one is good but One God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said: What? And Jesus said: Thou shalt not kill Do not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man said to him: All these I have kept from my youth. What else am I missing? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. He heard the young man saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, verily I say unto you, that a rich hardly enter IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Again I say, it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. When the disciples heard this, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, who then can be saved?
This dialogue with rhe young rich man Jesus shows that salvation is related to life in the kingdom of God. So salvation is entering the kingdom with eternal life. So the so called “slave” of the WT lies when they say that to enter the kingdom of God has no relation to salvation.
Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.
Mark 9:45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.
Mark 9:47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, it is better for thee to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be cast into hell.
Enter to eternal life, as we saw in the previous argument, is to enter the kingdom means salvation. Also enter the kingdom is come to life (= salvation) .
D. – Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, men and women were baptized.
Luke 8:1 And it came afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and the twelve were with him.
As seen by comparing the three passages above, the gospel of your salvation is the gospel of the kingdom. So we can conclude that the kingdom has to do with salvation.
E. – Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
James 2:5: my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love him?
These two passages above shows that believers are heirs of the kingdom, or what is the same as saying, heirs of salvation. Therefore, salvation is synonymous of kingdom.
F. – Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, to SAVE those WAITING FOR HIM.
Matthew 25:31,34 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of glory. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
In these two passages above, Christ comes to save those who are waiting for him, or what is the same to say, give them entrance into the kingdom. Therefore kingdom and salvation are synonymous.
G. Acts 28:2,31 Know, then, that the Gentiles is sent salvation of God, and they shall hear . And when he had said this, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves. And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ, openly and without hindrance.
In the above passage salvation is all hear and believe in the gospel of the kingdom and the name of Jesus Christ. So both, Kingdom and salvation, go hand in hand.
H. – 2 Pedro 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, precious faith than ours: 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 1:3 Like all things that pertain to life and godliness has given us His divine power, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue: 1:4 by which he has given us precious and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; 1:5 beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 1:6 to knowledge self-control, to self -control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 1:7 and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. 1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:9 But he that lacks these things is shortsighted, is blind, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 1:10 Wherefore, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for doing these things, you will never fall.1:11 For in this way it will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.”
This passage wrote by Peter shows that we are going to get the divine nature (immortality) along with a widely and generously entering to the kingdom of Christ. Therefore kingdom and salvation go hand in hand.