The Holy Scriptures clearly teach that God Himself has redeemed us. In fact, the Bible plainly reveals that God has purchased us with His own blood. The Apostle Paul encourages the elders in Ephesus saying, “Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). Notice that we are taught that God Himself has purchased us with His own blood. It is not the blood of another.
The inspired scriptures intentionally employ the use of the Greek word ἴδιος (idios) which means the exclusive property of someone. For example, Jesus says, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41). We are instructed to take note of the log in our “own” eye and not the eye of another. Likewise, Luke writes about the people gathered on the day of Pentecost saying that they “were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language” (Acts 2:6). Again, take note that the people were bewildered because each one heard the preaching in his own language. They were not astonished because they had heard the language of another person.
Furthermore, in the letter to the Hebrews we learn that Jesus “entered into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and of young bulls, but through his own blood, once for all time, and obtained an everlasting deliverance for us” (Hebrews 9:12). Notice that it is not the blood of another, but Jesus’ own blood that delivers us. Likewise, we learn that, “Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12). Again, take note that we are clearly taught that we are sanctified through Jesus’ own blood and not the blood of another.
In order to teach us that God’s own blood purchased us, the Apostle Paul states, “Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). In this way, we can be certain that the blood that was shed in order to purchase the church is God’s own blood. It is not the blood of another. How did God purchase us with His own blood? In the incarnation, God Himself became man so that He could give His own flesh for the life of the world and shed His own blood for the forgiveness of our sins. It was not the flesh or blood of another. Jesus is True God. “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).
The Watchtower organization teaches the exact opposite. They reject the incarnation. Because they do not believe the clear teaching of the Holy Scriptures, they have published their own Bible. In the New World Translation Acts 20:28 is altered. Their Bible states, “Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own Son.” Notice how the Watchtower has changed the clear Word of God into a completely different word. Instead of allowing the Greek word ἴδιος (idios) to teach us that God purchased us with His own blood, the Watchtower Bible teaches that God purchased us with the blood of another that is not His own. In order to accomplish this deception, they added the word “Son.” Let us be clear, the New World Translation is not the Word of God, it is merely the opinion of a manmade organization.