In America, one can easily find new Bibles written in formats suited for different needs. It’s wonderful knowing that though the Bible is old its translations are continually updated to accurately communicate God’s original message. And, that those translations are inspected in order to maintain God’s word as pristine to that same original text.
There are several Bible versions in my home, especially since my daughter and her husband are seminary students working on their doctrines. The Bible I usually reference is the New International Version Life Application Study Bible. It contains more than 23,500 cross references. Those references provide for lots of information.
We Christians are founded on His holy word and we must do all we can to continually reverence it–not pollute it with the nonsense of society.
History reveals copies of the Bible, 1000 years older than the English translation of the King James Version for the Church of England sponsored by King James VI, were found in caves near the Dead Sea.
Known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, those copies where found somewhere around (the exact date is still in question) 1946-1947. The King James Version was begun in 1604 and the full Bible completed in 1611. Just as the original group of men were dedicated to the accuracy of the KJV, Christian scholars and committees through the years have worked on Bible versions, comparing Greek text from manuscripts to assure readers actually receive the holy context God intends.
Why is it important to keep God’s word pure?
It’s important to keep God’s word pure because the Bible comes from God. Man did not give us the Bible, God did. He “breathed” His history, His poetry, His prophecy and His knowledge onto mankind so that we might have His word continually with us, growing us for His glory.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s word should never stay dormant on a shelf.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Instead, God desires us to use His word and learn from it.
Matthew 7:27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
And when we receive God’s word our hearts are stirred.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
God’s word– Jesus in the flesh–is where all receive life.
Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
God’s WORD is not self-centered, (7 Reasons Jesus Came To Die For You.) His word is offered to all who choose to accept it. It is Jesus, the word brought to life, who embodied all the Bible stands for when He gave of Himself to be nailed to the cross. If you have not yet accepted the love of God in your heart, I encourage you pray this sinner’s prayer taken from Gotquestions.com:
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
Next week’s post is titled: Father–Son–Holy Spirit
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