What Does God Say About ...

 

Before we can hear what God says about anything, it is important that we first understand the authority of Holy Scripture. Holy Scripture itself explains how we receive it and what it says of itself.

 

  • All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16.

  • For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit – 2 Peter 1:21.

  • For I the – Malachi 3:6a.

  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8.

 

Because people knew the Bible was the Word of God, it was copied and re-copied with painstaking care and attention to detail, letter by letter, word by word. Though today we no longer possess the original text of Holy Scripture, we can be certain that the Holy Spirit has preserved the Word of God for us. Careful study of the many thousands of copies of the New Testament reveals that though there are minor differences between the various copies, there is no place where any key teaching of Scripture is contradicted.

 

Our English Bibles are translations from the original languages. When we use reliable translations, we can be sure that we have the true Word of God. Whether the Word of God is in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek, it is also the Word of God in English, or in any other language, as long as the translation is faithful to the original languages. Reliable translations include the King James Version (KJV), the New King James Version (NKJV), the old Revised Standard Version (RSV), the New International Version (NIV), the English Standard Version (ESV), or the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

Therefore, we can conclude that the authority of Scripture is not in the translation rather the authority of Scripture is in the Word.

 

  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1:1-3, 14.

  • All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me – Matthew 28:18.

  • When you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers – 2 Thessalonians 2:13.

  • My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me – John 10:27.

  • If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples – John 8:31.

 

So, are you ready to hear what God says about . . .

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