Is Your Bible Version The Only One That Has God’s Word In It?

DOES YOUR BIBLE ONLY,

CONTAIN GOD’S WORD?

King James Version of the Bible

Words by Jim Finn from the blog: “Thoughts of an Old Man”
July 2, 2013    by Jim Finn
“The words of the LORD are pure words:
as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 
Thou shalt keep them, O LORD,
thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” 

Psalm 12:6-7
The above says His WORDS, not His thoughts. It says we have God’s pure Word today. For every generation. Even for English-speaking people. His Word is not only here, His Word is not hidden. It is for every generation. It is in the open so ALL can read.
”Heaven and earth shall pass away:
but my words shall not pass away.”
Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

Not just His thoughts but His Words. What is the Bible? It is not the words of men but the Word of the Almighty God, who is the Creator of the world. The human penmen were employed of God to write His very words.

When we say it was given by inspira­tion of God, we mean that God Himself gave us His own words. That is why we use the terms verbal and plenary to describe what it is. Verbal has to do with His actual words. It is not just His ideas or concepts, but His words. When we say plenary, we mean inspired fully. It is not somewhat of God with the rest of it being man-made. It is in every sense a God-made Book.

So let us sit up and take notice. This Book I hold in my hands is God’s Book. It is the word-for-word, precisely expressed rev­elation of God.

Is the King James Bible the Word of God?
Absolutely! Let us stop the quibbling. Either you have the Word of God or you do not. If your Bible is the Word of God, then you have something totally unique and very, very special.

What is your problem? Why do you feel the necessity to dismember, dissect and dilute the text? Why can you not just say, “My Bible is the Word of God; I believe it, I trust it and I honor it to the fullest?” Shelton Smith

A KJB critic told me just yesterday that God’s Word is locked up in New York City and Israel. Really? God preserved His Word but sees fit to lock it up?

What about versions of Gods Word?

Each version, and in the English-speaking world there are over 400 versions, the Words are different. God told us in Deuteronomy and Revelation not to add to or take away from His WORD. Yet in most of the versions there are over 60,000 Words removed. [NASB, NIV, NAS etc.]

Has God Preserved His Word in the English Language?

The short answer is YES! Not only has He done so in the English language but the original manuscripts were written in 3 completely different languages. [Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek] We no longer have any of the original manuscripts, yet God said He would Preserve His Word. Did He ever one time say that His Word would only be preserved in the original languages? NO HE DID NOT! WE HAVE HIS WORD TODAY!

Why Do We Not Use Other English Bibles?

  1. “Since God has preserved His Word for us, when two different Bibles say two different things, it poses a major prob­lem. If they are different, at least one of them is incorrect. I simply do not want my Bible to be a source of confusion.

  2. “In the second place, there is a logistics problem. Almost all English Bibles which have come into being in the past 125 years are based on the Westcott-Hort texts. The Westcott-Hort texts are frankly spurious texts in that they have been tampered with. Scrivener, a contemporary of Westcott and Hort, produced a Textus-Receptus New Testament Greek text in which he documents that Westcott and Hort changed the New Testament text 9,970 times. They amended! They emended! They deleted! They added things! They literally pilfered the Greek text. It is therefore my conclusion that no matter how sincere or how skilled the translators, if you have them work­ing with a bad text, you will come out with a bad English version.

  3. “In almost all cases when someone pro­duces a new English text, his motivation for doing so is either bias or bucks! That is, he either has a doctrinal agenda he is trying to accommodate or he is trying to make a dollar. In some instances, it has been bias and bucks!

  4. “If you do not have a Bible that is your standard text, the consequences are going to be costly. Where there is not a standard text, the preacher and the people are never quite sure of anything. If they are sure, they do not know why they are. The problem is, they do not have a Bible to which they can turn with confidence and certainty. In the absence of an authoritative Bible, the people will not become strong Christians. They will drift and shift because necessity for an authoritative text that is, in fact, the Bible!”      Shelton Smith

Some say other versions are easier to understand; What does God say about understanding the Bible? Does it point to languages as a barrier?

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14

“There are those that desire God’s Word to be put into street language. It is not street language, it is God’s Holy WORD.  What About “Correcting the Text?” None of us who love the Bible and believe that God has preserved His Word for us are in the business of “correcting the text.” We believe the text! We honor it! We hold it to be trustworthy in detail, so “cor­recting” it is not what we are about.

“However, let me quickly say that there is nothing “corrective” about defining words, explaining the text, and in general, getting at the intended sense of what it says. “Correct” the text we do not do, because we believe it is already correct. God in His omniscience and by His omnipotence has first provided His Word and has now preserved it for each generation.” Shelton Smith

If you say that the KJB is not 100% accurate, you then have the duty to state and explain which version is 100% accurate. To say otherwise is the same thing as saying, “you do not have a perfect Bible”. If you say the KJB is not perfect or that there is no perfect Bible, you then must admit that we do not have God’s perfect Word and that it has passed away. Are you then willing to stand up and say the Bible is not God’s Word but only perhaps contains Gods Word?

I am proud to say that the Bible I hold in my hand is the very Word of God. Gods pure and perfect WORD! DON’T MESS WITH GODS PURE WORD! YOU DO NOT HAVE GODS PERMISSION TO CORRECT OR CHANGE GODS WORD.  More later as I recall………………..

Revelation 22:18-19
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.”

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Lesson 4 – The Word of God – Assignments

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Assignments

1. Memorize Psalm 119:11. Also, we suggest you memorize Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 119:103, 105.

2. Read John, chapters 1 -7. Note the miracles you find in this section. Please enter your findings under the “NOTES” at the end of this page.

3. Answer the following questions in your own words:

1. What are two things the Bible claims for itself? (II Timothy 3:16)

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2. For it to become profitable to us, what must we do? (II Timothy 2:15)

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3. What is one of the purposes for which God gave us His Word? (John 20:31)

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4. Who wrote the Bible, according to II Peter 1:21?

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5. What part does the Bible have in the life of the blessed man, according to Psalm 1:2?

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6. What is the food of the newborn child of God? (I Peter 2:2; Matthew 4:4)

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7. What is the Word of God able to do? (Acts 20:32)

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8. What will memorizing the Word of God do for us? (Psalm 119:11)

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9. Who is a wise man? (Matthew 7:24; James 1:22)

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10. As we come to the Word of God, Psalm 119:18 would be a good prayer for us. Write that prayer out as it is given in this verse.

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11. What will God’s Word do for us, according to John 15:3?

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12. When tempted of Satan to overcome the attack, three times Jesus said, “As it is __________________.”

13. From Joshua 1:8 list at least four things that God says concerning the Word of God in the life of the Christian.

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NOTES

1. A blessing I have received each day from reading my Bible:

Day 1 ________________________________________________________

Day 2 ________________________________________________________

Day 3 ________________________________________________________

Day 4 ________________________________________________________

Day 5 ________________________________________________________

Day 6 _________________________________________________________

Day 7 _________________________________________________________

2. Miracles I found in my reading of John 1 – 7:

John 1 ________________________________________________________

John 2 ________________________________________________________

John 3 ________________________________________________________

John 4 ________________________________________________________

John 5 ________________________________________________________

John 6 ________________________________________________________

John 7 ________________________________________________________

3. Truths I learned about the Bible, the Word of God, from the reading for this week:

John 1 ________________________________________________________

John 2 ________________________________________________________

John 3 ________________________________________________________

John 4 ________________________________________________________

John 5 ________________________________________________________

John 6 ________________________________________________________

John 7 ________________________________________________________

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THE WORD OF GOD

Second Peter 3:18 commands, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE

The Bible is the Word of God.

Our Lord wants us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ after we are saved. In Lesson 1 we saw that one of the most important things is our assurance. After assurance we need to grow in grace. To grow, we need food. The Bible is the food that we need.

We are babies in Christ when we are first born again.

I Peter 2:2, 3 – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

A baby Christian – no matter how eager, no matter how willing – is still a babe in the Lord. You and I were born physically as little babies and needed to grow. Even so, when one receives Christ and is born again, he is a spiritual baby. He needs to grow, to develop, and to become mature. Babies grow physically without a great deal of effort on their part, and growth is very normal and natural. However, certain conditions are essential for physical growth. One of the essentials for  physical growth is food – a proper diet. And the same is true with spiritual growth. There must be the right food – a proper diet. The food needed of spiritual growth is the Word of God.

I said physical growth comes without a great deal of effort on the part of the child. This is not the case with spiritual growth. We become mature Christians only as we consciously endeavor to become mature Christians. We do not have to command our children to grow physically: but God does command Christians, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).

A baby must eat to grow. He begins with milk, and bit by bit he takes stronger food from pabulum through baby food until finally he can chew and digest beefsteak. He must eat right to develop. Someone has said, “We are what we eat.” That being true, it is vitally important that we have a good diet.

The same is true with the spiritual baby. He begins with a desire for the milk of the Word. He should develop so that later he would be able to feed on the meat of the Word. The tragedy is that some people never develop to take stronger food than just the milk of the Word.

Hebrews 5:12-14 speaks of the sad condition of believers who have not grown to discern good and evil. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

The writer of Hebrews here states that more Christians stay on a milk diet when they should be eating meat. They ought to be teaching God’s Word, but they cannot do so because they are still babies and have need to be taught by others the first principles for scriptural truth. Paul was burdened that this condition existed among the Corinthian believers. “I have fed you with the milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (I Corinthians 3:2).

The Bible is the spiritual food for your spiritual development.

When you accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, the Lord Jesus, who is the Living Word, came into your life by faith. Now you must feed on the Bible, the Written Word, which is the spiritual food for your spiritual development. It was through the Word of God that you first learned of salvation; and it is the same Word of God that gives food, strength, comfort, inspiration, challenge, wisdom, encouragement, and all that is necessary for growth and a successful Christian life.

Therefore, the Bible must become your first priority. The blessed man in Psalm 1:2 is blessed because “his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” The only way to avoid spiritual malnutrition is to read God’s Word and to meditate (think carefully) on the things God has said to you in His Word.

The Bible should be sweet to the Christian.

The Bible should be as sweet to the Christian as it was to David according to Psalm 119:103 – “How sweet are thy words unto my taste” yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

God tells us in Psalm 19:10, 11 how precious and sweet should be the truths of God’s Word to us – “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

The Bible is vital to us – “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Also, Deuteronomy 8:3.

WHAT THE BIBLE DOES FOR US

We are saved through the instrumentality of the Word of God.

I Peter 1:23, 25 – “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever … And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

We are changed by the Word of God.

Psalm 119:7 – “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.”

We grow by the Word of God.

I Peter 2:2, 3 – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

We are cleansed by the Word of God.

Psalm 119:9 – “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Our faith develops by the Word of God.

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Everything we believe must be based on the Word of God. Second Peter 3:18 states that we are to “grow in … knowledge.” That knowledge comes from the Word of God. The Bible must become our authority so that everything we believe is checked by the Bible.

We are kept from sin by the Word of God.

Psalm 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

We defeat Satan through the Word of God.

Psalm 17:4 – “Concerning the works of men, by the word of the lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.”

The Lord Jesus, when He was tempted of Satan, answered Satan by quoting passages from Deuteronomy. With each temptation Jesus answered, “It is written.” (Note Matthew 4:4, 7 and 10.)

HOW WE SHOULD LEARN GOD’S WORD

We have stated that the Word of God is our food for spiritual strength and nourishment. It is also our offensive weapon to use in the spiritual battles which we will face.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible is more than just a book with a cover and some pages. It is the written Word of God that needs to be internalized so that it can be effective in our lives. As we internalize God’s Word, we know its benefits as our spiritual food and as our spiritual weapon.

The NAVAGATORS have used the illustration of the hand1 (image has been inserted into the book which I am not able at this time to reproduce to put into this article. It is a line drawing of a hand holding a book with each finger and thumb tagged with a verse reference and the word it stands for. Each of these labels are described below):

A. We hear the Word of God for faith.

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

B. We read the Word of God for food and strength.

Job 23:12 – “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

C. We study the Word of God for Knowledge.

II Timothy 2:15 – “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

D. We memorize the Word of God for an effective testimony.

Psalm 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

E. We meditate on the Word of God for spiritual profit.

I Timothy 4:15 –Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Note in Psalm 119:15, 16 how that meditating brings delight. “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word.”

Note also Psalm 104:34 – “My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.”

After we have heard, and read, and studied, and memorized, and meditated upon the Word of God, we have one thing more we must do: Obey the Word of God.

James 1:22-25 – “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso … being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

1 Adapted from The Hand Illustration, Studies in Christian Living, “Walking with Christ.” ©1964 by The Navigators. Published by NavPress, P.O. Box 6000, Colorado, CO 80934. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents:

Letter from our Pastor – Growing in Grace
Growing in Grace – Preface
Lesson 1 – Assurance of Salvation – Lesson
Lesson 1 – Assurance of Salvation – Assignments
Lesson 2 – Baptism – Lesson
Lesson 2 – Baptism – Assignments
Lesson 3 – The Church and Church Membership – Lesson
Lesson 3 – The Church and Church Membership – Assignments
Lesson 4 – The Word of God – Lesson
Lesson 4 – The Word of God – Assignments
Lesson 5 – Prayer – Lesson
Lesson 5 – Prayer – Assignments
Lesson 6 – Witnessing – Lesson
Lesson 6 – Witnessing – Assignments
Lesson 7 – Stewardship – Lesson
Lesson 7 – Stewardship – Assignments
Lesson 8 – Entering Into Your Privileges – Lesson
Lesson 8 – Entering Into Your Privileges – Assignments
Lesson 9 – Knowing The Way Of Victory – Lesson
Lesson 9 – Knowing The Way Of Victory – Assignments
Lesson 10 – Facing Problems And Dangers – Lesson
Lesson 10 – Facing Problems And Dangers – Assignments
Lesson 11 – Knowing And Doing The Will Of God – Lesson
Lesson 11 – Knowing And Doing The Will Of God – Assignments
Lesson 12 – Knowing What We Believe – Lesson
Lesson 12 – Knowing What We Believe – Assignments
Lesson 13 – Baptist Distinctives – Lesson
Lesson 13 – Baptist Distinctives – Assignments

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