It is interesting that away back in 1904 “The New Creation” (Volume VI, of Studies in the Scriptures) observed regarding Romans 8:28-30:
“This passage is usually misunderstood, because readers generally get the impression that the Apostle is here tracing Christian experiences as is usual, . . . but the Apostle is here taking an opposite view, and begins at the other end. . . . He traces backward the development of the Church, the New Creation. He shows that none will reach the grand position of the glorious elect of God except those called [accepted] to it by God’s grace; and that all called must previously have been justified [or, declared righteous]; . . . And these justified ones must previously, before their justification, have been honored [glorified, AV] . . . by God in having sent to them a knowledge of himself and of his dear Son.”—P. 182.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. July 15, 1981 p. 31
In 1915 Charles T. Russell, then president of the Watch Tower Society, was asked about Hebrews 9:27. He referred to what had earlier been published, such as in Studies in the Scriptures and Tabernacle Shadows of the Better Sacrifices (1899).
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. March 15, 1985 p. 31
By 1889, Jehovah’s anointed ones, as 19th-century light bearers, had already received correction on the matter of Christ’s return. In Volume 2 of Studies in the Scriptures, pages 158 to 161, Charles T. Russell, the first president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, wrote: “Parousia . . . signifies presence, and should never be translated coming, as in the common English Bible . . . The ‘Emphatic Diaglott,’ a very valuable translation of the New Testament, renders parousia properly, presence . . . , not that of coming, as being on the way, but presence, as after arrival [Jesus] says, ‘As the days of Noah, so shall also the parousia [presence] of the Son of man be.’ Notice, that the comparison is not between the coming of Noah and the coming of our Lord . . . The contrast, then, is between the time of the presence of Noah among the people ‘before the flood,’ and the time of the presence of Christ in the world, at his second advent, ‘before the fire’—the extreme trouble of the Day of the Lord [Jehovah] with which this age ends.”—Matthew 24:37.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. May 1, 1993. p. 10-11
March 1, 1905, Watch Tower, outlines for congregation discussion were published, with questions as well as references to the Bible and the Society’s publications for research. These continued until 1914, by which time study questions on the volumes of Studies in the Scriptures were published for use as a basis for Berean Studies.
Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom. 1993. p. 238-240
In 1886, Volume I of Millennial Dawn (later called Studies in the Scriptures) referred to Darwinism as “an untenable theory,” and in 1898, the booklet The Bible Versus the Evolution Theory upheld the Bible’s creation account.
Awake! October 22, 1997 p. 13