Seek Ye Out of The Book
in the volume of the book it is written of
Psalms 40:7 (OT) & Hebrews 10:7 (NT)
To begin with, let's expound more on the above verse, Isaiah 34:16 (the heading of this treatise):
"Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read"!
Great advice and still as valid as ever. Even in this age of sophistication, high tech, and "great" achievement!
It was roundabout 1987 while I was staying with friends in Wellington, and while we were talking about spiritual matters right up into the early hours of the morning, the subject of the authenticity of the Authorized "King James" Bible came up once again. This time not only was the AB (Authorized Bible) down graded to just being on a par with other modern perversions (whoops! I mean versions!), but it was now discredited to the point of being too out-dated and far too archaic to have much relevance in today's age.
Waiting for a pause in conversation, after everyone had their dig at the Holy Book, I immediately conferred with them about going to their bookcase, pulling out as many versions as I could find, including the Authorized, then quickly spreading them out across the table in full view of everyone. Then I asked them a very simple question, "would someone here please be able to pick up the word of God out of this bible collection, and show it to me?"
After a brief pause someone said, "They all are!!" To which everyone else present (except me) agreed to.
My stern repsonse here was automically ... "How can they all be when they all disagree with each other in various places? For instance, the NASB in John 1:18 says in regards to Jesus, 'only begotten God'. Can God be begotten? Whereas other versions say 'only begotten son'. The NWT says in John 1:1, 'the word was a god'. Was Jesus just another god? Whereas other versions say 'the Word was God'. Furthermore, the RV misses out a huge part of Mark 16 (the punchy part, dealing with the power of God) while most other versions include it. Which one is right? Some references say 'a son of the gods', others say 'the Son of God'. Some say 'a saviour', others say 'the Saviour' ... just to mention a few. They all appear to contradict each other in one place or another, and God is not the author of confusion, is He? There is only one bible that does not tamper with, or water down the Deity of Christ ... and that is the AUTHORIZED "KING JAMES" BIBLE!!"
However, like many of their contemporaries, they did not know what I was saying. They did not understand plain speech . They still insisted against all sound reason, that all the various bibles together, or comparing them all together, somehow brought forth the truth.
I went onto quote Hebrews 10:7: "Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God (notice ... it does not say in the volume of the books plural!)."
"So Jesus is only found in a complete book, from Genesis to Revelation, without contradiction and without variance."
I went on and put another question to them; "PLEASE HAND ME THAT BOOK?? I NEED THAT BOOK!! If I can't find that book then how can I know I have a solid foundation in regards to my faith? How can I know I am truly saved?? If the foundations be destroyed (the solid rock of what God says) what can the righteous do?"
If I put this simple question to you dear reader ... where would you point if the same question was asked? If all the modern versions along with the AB were on the table in front of you, and I asked you to point to God's book with your little index finger, where would it point? If I asked you to pick up God's written testimony, His record, between two bound covers, and hand it to me, what would you hand me? Would you be able to answer this?
By revelation Only
But unfortunately, they could not see my point. It had not been revealed unto them.
To understand the word of God the Lord made it very simple ... so simple in fact it could be construed to be too hard to believe. Jesus gave us a humble story about a sower sowing seed. Basically, if we could understand this parable then the whole picture (the word of God) would be opened to us, as we started out in our pilgrim adventure. However, in regard to understanding the parable of the sower, there was one criterion necessary ... a humble, open heart:
"Lord, I believe in whatever you say! My opinion is worthless, unless it is confirming/conforming to your word! Please forgive me for being "an authority" when basically I know nothing. All my earthly credentials mean nought in your sight. From now on may your Book correct me instead of me trying to correct your Book!"
Expedient, relative, or true
As always, many of us are not prepared to give up our opinion in full, and therefore the Lord cannot reveal Himself to us in full. Our opinions then become a system of theories relying on the wisdom of human eloquence and ingenuity, nothing to do with the will of God, nor the base things of this world. But everything to do with what is highly esteemed by man, what is convenient, what suits the occasion and time, and worse of all ... what would puff-up the human intellect.
The bad news is (for the overly qualified that is) ... is that the school which is highly acclaimed by man and celebrates the human intellect, has been closed to the revelation of God's Holy Spirit. The Good News is (for those who admit they are blind) ... is that the Lord's veiled truth can be found when earnestly sought after by the desperately honest and unlearned soul. Because it's the Holy Ghost who leads into all truth, nothing else!
Is. 29:12. "And is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned."
If you were once deaf and blind and desperate for the truth, Godwards, you would then be a good candidate for hearing from Him through His book and seeing its content.
Is. 29:18. "And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of , and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness."
Who does God reveal Himself to, who does He look to? Here it is ... "even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word."
The word given not to titillate but to transform
Furthermore, who wants to tremble at Gods word!? Why not invent your own that looks close enough to the truth and at the same time will let you off the hook (and even make a wee profit on the sideline). Hence, bible versions after bible versions coming out of our ears, keeping us from the simplicity that is in Christ. Producing a religion that makes us look productive, yet not for the kingdom of God's sake but our own group/denomination/club/thingie, replacing the foolishness of preaching with entertainment. And of course entertainment doesn't change us, it just adorns our Sunday or mid-week 'service'. It does not appear foolish to the world either, but clever and enterprising. Bottom line ... it has got nothing to do with the gospel of the kingom of God.
However, there is a book that claims to be the truth, which claims to be God's infallible, authentic, inspired word. Others are impostors that accommodate man as they are by man, and for man. This puts man back in the driver's seat, being the final authority, presenting a plausible, bloodless and spineless gospel.
Removing or replacing the sting
Therefore, our faith looks attractive, or at least acceptable to the world, and not a threat. In other words, the end result is an ineffective, watered down gospel, making the world feel, along with its churchified people, comfortable before God. The question that needs to be asked now is ... how is Gods word revealed?
Yes, it is by the Holy Spirit as already mentioned. Everything God does is in and through the Spirit. However, not trying to be technical or clever, let's get to the nitty gritty ... how is God's word manifested on earth (made clearly apparent for others to see)?
The answer? Here it is, Titus 1:3 ... preaching! God has chosen the foolishness of preaching! Not the cleverness of man or the sophistication of the world. But plain old, simple, and straight forward preaching. Telling it as it is in other words.
Don't be put off by Hollywood's portrayal of a preacher ... of some long, pale faced orator, wearing a long black coat, domineering from a soap box, using verbal condemnation and judgement, usually with a Bible in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. One of Satan's chief tactics in discrediting Bible believers, as weird fundamentalists.
How can they hear without a preacher?
The true meaning of preaching (biblically) is someone bearing good news at a more personal level. This can be found sometimes in a street, sometimes in a park, other times in a building or whatever. Like Jesus sharing from a seated position inside a boat; Philip riding beside a stranger inside a chariot; or Paul with visitors in the relaxed atmosphere of his apartment in Rome, etc. Someone telling it-as-it-is to someone else, usually at grass-roots level. It's that basic!
The very first incident in the New Testament in regards to bearing the gospel were two women bringing good news of the risen Christ to the disciples. Women (!!??) ... you might say! Remember, women had been totally put down until the New Testament era. Furthermore, here were two women, one an ex whore and the other who had become pregnant before she was married. The scriptures going so far as saying ... "out of the mouths of babes"! In addition, if all else failed ... "even the stones would immediately cry out"! Even stones the builders rejected!
Not to mention the ragged John the Baptist as a voice crying out in the wilderness, pointing people to the Lamb of God, without the camp, metaphorically of the coming Christians, as stones rejected, pointing people to the Saviour.
The point ... any one can be a preacher (one who brings glad tidings of God's word or the consequences if not heeded to) from a babe to a rocket scientist, if they are born again by God's Spirit.
Today, as always, people do not generally like preaching. People do not like to be told. You can share, tell a story, give a testimony, perform, but "please do not preach to me!!" People like being patronized, if you can make it sound like you are not patronizing. People like hearing you, if you make out it sounds like their line/idea. Generally people don't like straight speaking anymore. They don't want absolutes. Hence, the ease in which 'politically correct' terminology is being oozed upon us:
"There's no eazzzy answers!" "Things have become sooo complicated!" "Values are sooo old fashion!" "There's tooo many grey areas!" "I made a moooral misjudgement!" "I had an inapprooopriate relationship!" With it's 'new age' catch phrases like:
"You are tooo culturally insensitive!" "You are not pooositive enough!" You still have not come out ooof the Dark Ages!" "You are full ooof stinking thinking!" "Get real, this is nooow the nineties (or nooow - the 21st Century)!" "You are being tooo non compliant and connnnfrontational!" Bible fundies arrre out! New Age guy's and gal's arrre in!
However, if you have Gods word, and know with full confidence it is Gods word, then you can call a spade a spade, you can speak confidently and straight, without wavering, knowing you are wielding God's Sword:
"It is written!!" "For this is the commandments of God!!" "Thus saith the Lord!!" "This is the way, walk ye in it!!"
Definitely no waffling in this department!
How can they preach without the word
The beginning of the first commandment to Israel was actually "hear O Israel"! As "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Or, "how shall they hear without a preacher?" As I said before, forget your mentally conditioned image of a preacher and how that may apply. We're talking about a biblical conveyer; a bearer of good news.
Which brings us to the final point ... how can they preach with full confidence and utter surety "thus saith the Lord" unless they have Gods word? Therefore, we must know with full assurance we have Gods word, in all its entirety: The "i"s dotted, the "t"s crossed and the punctuation in its proper places, knowing one little slip-up or hiccup (like a comma in the wrong place) can completely change the meaning. This is why God's word is to be viewed and believed without one scripture broken and without any room for error. God would never judge us on what we said, if He didn't stand by His word which He gave to us in the first place, as His perfect testimony:
Ps. 19:7 ... "the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."
Ps. 18:30. "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him."
Ps. 18:32. "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."
Ps. 19:7. "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul".
Conveyed by plain speech
Therefore, we can see clearly the message of the gospel contained in the holy writings, which we call the scriptures, is communicated in a simple way, vocally, by use of our speaking faculty called the mouth. Not by the cleverness of mans ways. Furthermore, it (the word) can be fully trusted right to the end. This rules out "nice" things such as music, dance, drama and other such art forms. These things are really substitutes for the real thing, and actually neutralize the power of the gospel. If the gospel needed to be refined or redefined, tuned up, or dressed up, to make it more appealing to the listener, it would not be a refiner. It would not be a hammer. God doesn't really want listeners anyway, but only doers of the word. If we change the word of God into a mere entertaining commodity, it no longer becomes a thing to be feared and adhered to. Take this one neglected New Testament scripture f'instance:
"wherefore knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men."
How can a scripture like the above fit into a "lovely" Charismatic celebration service today?
Answer: Because where the word of God is, there is truth ... thy word is truth! And when there is an absence of the truth there is also an absence of the fear of God. Wherewith the introduction of the modern/new age bible versions, redefining the word of God contained in the authorized KJV, have done just that; replaced the fear of the Lord with light hearted and glib "bless me" times. This has left congregations wide open to receive as godly manifestations such demeaning acts as "being drunk in the Spirit" and uncontrollable laughter; with ministers of the gospel doing such degrading things on all fours, mimicking an animal in front of their own congregation. Somehow they have no qualms about showing off "the power of God" by demonstrating strange antics and nonsensical behaviour, telling their flocks it is okay to follow suit.
Can you see ... by redefining the Book we totally discredit the Book and make Christians a laughing stock or a weird bunch of loonies.
We have a book
God has given us a book ... pages with His inspired writings on, bound between two covers in tangible form:
"All scripture (not just 'some' verses) is given by inspiration of God" ... "Every word (not just 'most' words) of God is pure."
What's more, He has promised to look after (preserve) His word, in page form, word for word, right through the turmoil's of history. Is God a liar? Does He not keep His promise?
Ps.12: 6-7. "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.
Do you know what the above verses are saying? You will never be taught this in any cult, personality sect, charismatic circle, nor in any neo-evangelical church for that matter. Let's dissect and take a closer look at the above verses:This means God's word is not corrupted. When God's spoken word is penned by His servants and approved by Him, it cannot be influenced by man to mean anything else than what God originally intended it to be:
The words of the Lord are pure words
Pr. 30:5. "Every word of God is pure"!
This is why it says ... "All scripture are given by inspiration of God."As the Devil and man have attacked God's word right through the aeons of time, it has proved its worth and uniqueness as a book. It has come forth shining as champion of all books. Against all odds it has triumphed miraculously. No papal army, inquisition, confederacy, or devil could stamp it out. No fire of trial, or ordeal, has been able to quench its effectiveness. It still comes through (and cuts through) sharper than any twoedged sword. Tried and proven the test of time!
As silver tried in a furnace of earthA continual living proof the word of God stands alone on the earth, in its completeness and entirety (seven means completion). Purified seven times
At the beginning of the Book we are warned not to tamper with its contents, either adding or subtracting from it. In the middle of the Book we are warned again. At the end of the Book we are reminded again, with a consequence of what will happen to us if we do.
Are we really trembling at God's pure word, or is it tickling our ears?Good news!! You don't have to go to the original Greek, or find the Hebrew root word, or to a bible college, or rely on a "qualified" scholar to find out what the Lord was originally trying to say, because Gods word is not lost! He has given you His word in English, in-the-here-and-now, based on a time when English was at its purest form, when the Lord was laying down a basis for a universal language. Yes! The Lord has kept His word, it is here in tangible form, without Heaven's censorship and without copyright!
Thou shalt keep them, O Lord
If you go to man to find what God has got to say, he may tell you the lie the word of God has been lost, because the originals are all gone. In other words ... there's no guarantee; "we only have copies of copies of the originals. Furthermore, from one interpretation to another we may have lost its original meaning along the way. That's why you need qualified people who have come out of seminary and may have discovered something new about the originals, taught by their superiors, so they can help you understand what the scriptures were originally trying to convey."
Forget it! Get a relationship with the Lord and He will show you what the scriptures are saying!
1 Cor. 1:6. "Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you".
The Holy Spirit always agrees with the word and will never act independently. The word guarantees it. Even though you may have copies of copies from the original decayed scripts, do you think the Lord is not wise and trustworthy enough to have kept His word? Though heaven and earth shall pass away, his words are here to stay!!
Moreover, to prove the spoken word and the scriptures are one and the same, Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day, John 8:43 ... "Why do ye not understand my speech (the spoken word)? even because ye cannot hear my word (the written word).As the early believers moved out after the genuine out pouring of the Holy Spirit in Antioch, taking with them the sacred scrolls and epistles (copies of copies - of the scriptures), and the preaching of the gospel (the spoken word) to other places as commanded, they would've no doubt had to reproduce other copies of scripture, in the fear of God, knowing the consequences of adding or subtracting. Wherewith it has happened to this day. The original inspired meaning of what was written in the past, whether BC or AD, cannot fail or fade away; as it is still with us today, intact, bound between two covers, and divinely preserved by God.
Thou shalt preserve themThe line "from this generation" is for any generation of course, and is therefore always in the continual present tense. From now and forever, the word of God in written form ... pure, tried, purified, kept and preserved, so we can boldly hold our Authorized Bible in our hands and say "this is the word of God"! Could you do that with the New International, or Good News For Modern Man, or the New King James for that matter? No, only the Authorized "King James" Holy Bible!! From this generation and forever
More on the preserved word and the AB's authenticity1. So what was the "true" bible before the KJV?Both Tyndale and Wycliffe translated the Bible into English before King James's day from the Received Text (the Textus Receptus, God's preserved New Testament in Greek), before they were both burnt at the stake by the Church for supplying the word of God to the common folk in the street. When James of Scotland became the first king of the new Great Britain, showing forms of godliness (contrary of what we have been taught), endorsed the first public Bible for the man in the street, the Authorized Bible (also based on God's preserved Received Text). This book's title was "The Holy Bible". It was only renamed the King James Version (a nick name really) over a hundred years ago to make it look like just another translation which were beginning to appear on the religious market at the time.
Other bibles that were translated from the Received Text prior to the KJ were: Beza's 1604, Bishops 1568, Geneva 1560, Stephen's 1550, The Great Bible 1539, Matthew's 1537, Coverdale 1535, Luther's 1534 (not the corrupt Lutheran Bible of today), Tyndale's 1525 (as already mentioned), Erasmus 1522, and Wycliffe's 1382 (as already mentioned).2. Is English the only true word of God?The 1611 AB is God's word written in English (the universal language) for the world today, which has been translated into hundreds of other tongues reaching the four corners of the earth with the good news of our Saviour.
Is a translation as good as the original?
Here is a question a Bible corrector asked me by email:
There once was a man who found a puzzle. He put the pieces together and they all fit quite well. A few years later some other men found pieces to the same puzzle, only they were made before the original man's pieces were made. In fact, many of the originals puzzle pieces were copies of the older pieces, but, like all copies, weren't quite as good as the original. Which puzzle is more correct, the older or the newer?A translation cannot only be "as good" as the originals, but better in God's case:"So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him; To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba."
2 Sam. 3: 7-10:
The translating of the kingdom of Israel (verse 10) from Ishbosheth to David was better than the original state."Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son".
No one can argue our translated state from darkness to Christ is better than the original state we were in."By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
Just the same, no one can argue Enoch was not in a better state when he was translated to be with His Lord forever. Remember also, his testimony before his translation still pleased God. Likewise, when the Bride of Christ is translated it will be in a better state than what she is now, even though our present testimony may please the Lord.
In regards to 'copies' being inferior to the originals, once again, not in God's case:
Jeremiah 36 in regards to the roll he had written: In verse 23 it is destroyed thus ending the original - version 1 ...
Jer. 36:23. "And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth."
Entree - version 2:
Jer. 36:32. "Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.
After being rewritten (re: v.32) the roll is destroyed yet again in chapter 51:63:
"And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates".
Then in chapters 45 - 51 a copy of version 2 reappears. Therefore, every Bible written since these historic incidents is not only a translation but a copy of version 3 from version 2. Version 1 was destroyed and never found and therefore never copied. Which version is the most accurate? You will never find version 1 again (destroyed by fire), and version 3 is only a copy of version 2 (destroyed by water). This is where we have to trust God for what He says ... every word of God is pure ... tried ... preserved ... kept... given by inspiration!!
Thus, as God does not put the emphasis on the originals neither should we. The Holy Bible is complete and sufficient. Once again, a Bible corrector would differ:Quite worshipping the paper and start worshipping God! Unfortunately, I can't remember the verse which says not to be consumed with meaningless genealogies, etc. In other words, don't get caught up being so worried about a few trees, when the whole forest is there. Sure, some of the new bible versions verge on heresy, but to say that the KJV is the only true word of God is almost humorous (see question 1). I read the NIV because it is written in plain, modern English (KJV was written in modern English too, when it was written). The NIV is also based on more reliable, older manuscripts, and based on a better understanding of the Hebrew and Greek documents. I would like to know a critical verse in my NIV which differs form KJV to the extent that one should consider invalid.We may not like splitting hairs but God does to iron out the bugs:
Heb. 4:12-13. "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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
Here is just one of many comparisons: The word of God says in John 3:16 Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (v18). Whereas in the NIV it says He is the only son of God. Which rules out sonship for you or me, as God only has one son if the NIV is to be regarded.
Hope these answers make some clarification and you find the time to dig.
The book that stands alone
Admitting and receiving the Authorized as Gods true copy was very difficult for me. I'd always associated the thee's and thou's with Shakespearean literature, a hang-over from my old failed school days. Wagging (truancy), due to the drudge of English classes, and not liking anything I couldn't understand, especially the hymns and prayer at morning assembly, became a regular pattern in my college days. Rebel I did, until I met Christ at the age of twenty when my prejudices started to be dealt with. It wasn't long before some dear older saints, genuinely caring for my spiritual well being, handed me a Living Bible. I thought, as I started reading chapter after chapter; "Great!! Gods word in my own language!"
However, apart from finding myself confused by the columns full of counter opinions, and being distracted with the odd photo of a miniskirted lass on comment pages, I still found myself reverting back to the old KJ when it came to memorizing scripture. Why? Looking back I found the KJ verses somehow flowed more fluently, and appeared to carry a greater punch when witnessing. "Only if I knew then what I know now!" would be appropriate here I think!
However, only a few months of my new found pilgrimage passed when the LB started to run out of clout, as I found myself hungering for something more meatier to put my teeth into.
A friend in the fellowship I was attending at this time introduced me to the New American Standard Version. His line was it was based on the original Greek, a line I bought at the time without checking it out for myself. This version became my Bible for the next few years until I, by the grace of God, walked away from the Charismatic Movement and organized Christianity in general. From now on I found a greater freedom to think for myself.
For some time I still was using the Nasbie (NASB). Although I was always hearing from the Lord through revelation, my faith, to a large degree, was like a ship without a rudder. There appeared to be too many discrepancies in the scriptures along side the great conglomerate of modern versions, which I also used for reference points, along side other Christian book aids.
Were the scriptures really the word of God? How could I really rely on divine guidance if one: I was still following man, and two: I couldn't really trust scripture? Where was God's light to direct my path found? These were the questions which fuelled my inquiring mind.
However, a seed had been sown among my misconceptions about the KJV, (namely the preacher image mentioned earlier, which I had associated with this Book, along with the William Shakespeare stigma) prompting my thinking to re-examine the matter. A brother had shared with me how the modern translations suited many evangelical/pentecostal believers because Romans 8:1 stated:
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," and finished there. He also pointed out how it was more convenient to ignore the KJV as it went on to say ... "who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit." What's more ... there is always a condition when applying Gods word.
Because I could see it was easier to be titillated by the word than changed by it, what this brother pointed out stayed in the back of my mind.
After many months of pondering over these things I decided to go back to the beginning and make Jesus the basis of my search. After all, He was the one who had saved me, and it was His transforming grace I had experienced in my life. I could also see how the cults played down His pre-eminence to the faith. If He was our starting point, centrality, and finishing point, and our eyes were to be focused on Him continually, then He should be the one who He claimed to be through His written word. The question now ... where was His word to be found?
Only one real Jesus
So one day as I was thinking upon these claims relating to His Divinity/Deity, the penny dropped. I now dawned on me how there were many Jesus' in the world, some invented, some born with this name, especially in Roman Catholic countries, like being named after one of the so-called saints. There were also other people called Jesus in scripture, for instance, Bar-jesus (a Jewish false prophet), and Jesus called Justus (a brother in the Lord). Jesus was used instead of Joshua's name (both mean the same - 'one who saves') in Acts 7:45, only in the Authorized (mmmm!?). Also, scripture made reference about there being another Jesus.
However, Peter's conversion (as was mine, or any one else who is born again by the Spirit of God for that matter) was based upon the confession of the revelation Jesus, being the Son of the living God, and the Rock of our salvation. In other words, there was only one rock, one foundation, to build our faith upon ... the confession Jesus was who He claimed to be. A claim no one else could make.
Thy word is truth
It was not long after meditating upon these facts that I came to the conclusion the Bible I was using, namely the NASB (New American Standard Bible - the Nasbie), did not add up. The crunch came at 1st John 4: 2- 3, just after we are told to test the spirits in verse one: Verse two in the Nasbie:
"every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God".
This verse appeared correct and would easily satisfy any believer, however, verse three said:
"and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God".
This verse could no longer satisfy me and through conviction I was convinced it should have read Jesus Christ not just Jesus.
In other words, which Jesus was it referring to? If the translators could justify omitting Christ here, then why not elsewhere in scripture?
I had to find out whether my inner hunch was true. Therefore, I went straight to and I opened my Parallel Bible along with a couple of other versions to this passage. One by one I couldn't find what I was looking for, and on purpose I left the Authorized to last. Instead of wanting to correct the Authorized, for the first time I was now prepared for the Authorized to correct me ... if it could prove itself. All my hope on God not letting me down was hinged on this.
With my finger on the passage at 1st John, I looked up and said to the Lord in desperation, "Lord, You know I've almost run out of options and there is only one Bible left for you to prove Yourself!"
Then looking down and with excitement and relief read ... "every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God."
Not only Christ (meaning the chosen anointed One) was written, but I also discovered these vitally important words written ... "is come in the flesh". Meaning, and unquestionable proof, Jesus came as both God and man at the same time ... He was both divinity and man, inseparable.
Now my doubts were dispersing, fast! Could the "King James" Bible be God's word after all?
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul
My conversion to the true book began here, as confirmation after confirmation began to take place. However, because I felt very comfortable using my Nasbie and enjoyed and became very accustomed to its lay-out, especially its easy reference margins and footnotes, along with all my own added comments; I still justified reading from it as long as I used the AB as my final back-up.
At the time all this was taking place, we were taking a weekly Bible study at our home with a group of young people. I couldn't wait to share my latest revelation with them. However, to err on the side of caution I thought I would put this issue to the test and see if others could find the same conclusion themselves, without being intellectually persuaded AB with modern translations. I then chose a different room for each discussion group to use throughout our home. After about an hour or so, we all came back together in our lounge to share our conclusions openly. It was amazing what I heard. Not only did anyone try to refute or oppose the purpose of our study, but had many more interesting facts to add to the discussion list. Individual revelation after revelation was shared around the room as if everyone together were becoming convinced to the authenticity of the "King James".
"Only the Spirit of God could do this," I thought to myself!Last of all, I became the focal point in our lounge as everyone challenged me and made it quite clear they could not understand why I was still reading from the Nasbie instead of the AB. From that night on the AV became the sole Bible of our home, and still is to this day. When someone comes around to bread bread, we know which book to pick up and break bread from. We know which book to read from. We can say with full confidence and affirmative convicttion, that this is the word of God ... It is written!!!
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