This walk with God comes from Him and has no origin within ourselves. Of ourselves we are lost and despoiled by our depraved sin natures; there is nothing of salvation, godliness, or holiness that comes from our weak and fallen godless natures that in anyway pertains to our walk of faith. 1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:1-4 Our faith, God’s grace, peace, eternal life and godliness originate and come to us through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ, knowing Him and being imbued with His divine power. There is nothing that unrighteous fallen man, who is controlled by lust, can contribute to this life of faith in Jesus Christ. 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:3-7 The flesh produces the works of the flesh, corruption, the Spirit produces that which is of God.
Faith in Christ is predicated upon the revelation of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, given to us in the Bible. 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20 It is important that we are careful about the translation of Scripture that we choose because there is much of the flesh that has permeated the pure Word of God during the past two centuries. This has come about because fallen man in his wisdom has decided that God has not preserved His Word for us today and that “biblical scholars” must ferret out God’s Word from man’s words. Besides negating the biblical doctrine of the preservation of the Scriptures, these fallen men rely upon deceptive manuscripts that were rejected by believers as being untrustworthy.
God has promised in the Scriptures to preserve His Word for us. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations. Psalms 100:5
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 117:2
89Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abides. 91They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Psalms 119:89-91
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures forever. Psalms 119:160
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: But the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)
The Lord has preserved His Word for us in the Received Text, the Greek manuscript which is based upon the Majority Texts, the plurality of all existing Greek manuscripts. Those who hold to the Critical text do not believe that God has preserved the text of the Scriptures for us and they believe that “biblical scholars” discover and uncover the Scriptures. They do not believe that we have the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God extant today. While those who trust the Lord Jesus Christ and hold fast to His Word do believe that we have God’s Word abiding with us today in the Bible, the KJV, based upon the Received Text. It is the only version that is taken from the Received Text. Jesus had some very harsh words for the scholars of His day.
13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:13-15
The same evil religiosity that pervaded the land of Israel and opposed our Savior Jesus Christ is the same perversion of the truth that masquerades as faith in Christ today.
The dependence upon fallen man to uncover the Scriptures, rather than trusting that God has preserved His Word for us has led to an all-out frontal attack upon the Bible through incorporating error within the modern versions that leads people astray and away from the centrality of Christ Jesus. Just as the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes conspired to destroy the Son of Man, so these same evil workers in modern garb set about to sabotage and undermine the work of the Spirit through His sword, which is the Word of God, the Bible. These cohorts of Satan work overtime to build up and maintain their fleshly kingdoms leading untold millions to eternal damnation. Opposing the true work of God, they perpetrate all manner of corruption and error that lead lost deceived souls to perdition. The influx and abundance of false teaching can be directly correlated to the surge of apostate and corrupt modern versions of the Bible. This is the direct cause of the embracing of sexual corruption and perversion within the visible church. This deceitful grid of man over the Word of God breeds spreads evil abroad.
The visible church is a haunt of every evil spirit and corruption. The work of the flesh is at home within her walls. The work of righteousness is considered a queer thing. Those who are of God and filled with His Spirit, who point to Christ and His Holy Word are rejected as troublers of the church much as Ahab the wicked king of Israel slandered the prophet Elijah. The only hope is to reject the lie and embrace the truth of God and come out from among these apostates. If you do not quickly do this you will be subsumed into the end time apostate church that embraces the Antichrist as the one who is the answer to their prayers. 14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 This is the call of Almighty God to turn to Him and away from sin and evil doers. The ones who obey God in this command are His ekklesia, His true and beloved Bride, the ones who answer His call to come out from the deluded and deceived apostates who have embraced the lie because the love unrighteousness more than the truth. May we with love for the Savior Jesus Christ, belief in His truth and faith in our Father follow our Lord to be obedient and set apart for His glory.