Monday, April 9, 2018

The Word of Truth

The “word of truth” refers to the gospel (Eph. 1:13) and to the whole Bible (Ps. 119:43; 2 Cor. 6:7). How would we know for sure the gospel is right if the whole Bible is not right?

We must rightly divide the word of truth because:
1. There are different gospels revealed in the Bible - The "word of truth" by which Israel will be born again (Jam. 1:18) is not the same word of truth by which we are saved today.
2. There are different dispensations and ages revealed in the Bible. God gives different instructions to different groups living at different times. We cannot possibly follow the whole Bible.

Believing the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16) and rightly dividing it (2 Tim. 2:15) go hand in hand. The only way to understand the Bible without changing any words and just letting it say exactly what it says, is to rightly divide it. The KJB is a dispensational book. That is amazing in light of the fact that the translators were not dispensationalists.
1. It is the only English translation that gets 2 Tim. 2:15 right
2. It is the only one that preserves Paul’s doctrine of justification by the faith OF Christ
3. It’s 66 books are laid out in a dispensational order
4. It has a built-in dictionary and cross-referencing system that greatly helps us to rightly divide

Our God is a God of truth (Jn. 14:6). Therefore, His word must be truth (Jn. 17:17). A Bible that has errors in it cannot be rightly called, “the word of truth.” If Christ would have sinned just one time, He could not be the Word of God. There are errors in all of the modern versions. There are no errors in the KJB. The KJB glorifies Christ more than all of the other versions. All of the modern versions diminish the person and work of Christ to some extent.

Most preachers and teachers claim that the Bible was only inspired in the original manuscripts and preserved in the original languages. That would be a real problem for us seeing as we don’t have the original manuscripts or know the original languages. Thankfully the Bible itself says no such thing. They claim that a translation cannot be inspired, and yet the Bible provides many examples of inspired translations. One of my favorite examples is found in Rom. 9:17 (Hebrew to Egyptian to Hebrew to Greek to English). Doesn’t it make sense that in this Gentile age God would preserve His word in the language that most Gentiles speak?

If we believe what the Bible says about itself, we will believe that there is a perfect copy of God’s inspired words available for us today. Where is it (2 Tim. 3:14-17; Ps. 12:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:23)? Those who don’t believe the KJB don’t believe any Bible is perfect. They claim to believe Gen. 1:1 but find it hard to believe God can give us a perfect Bible in English!

Do you follow Christ or Satan in how you approach and handle the scriptures?

Christ (Lk. 4:16-21)
1. He believed the copies available to Him were the scriptures
2. He rightly divided the word of truth (stopped reading in the middle of the sentence because was rightly dividing His first coming from His second coming)

Satan (Lk. 4:1-13)
1. He cast doubt on it and messed with the words (e.g. omitted words from Ps. 91:11)
2. He mixed it all up (e.g. it was not the right time or manner for Christ to receive the kingdoms)

Believing the Bible is foundational to rightly dividing it. Beware of those who try to rightly divide it without really believing it! I cannot overemphasize the importance of believing every word of God (Prov. 30:5-6)!

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