Much mockery abounds with regard to which version best represents God’s Holy Word. Well, that one is easy, it is the version that is God’s Holy Word, preserved, inerrant, infallible, inspired. However, the visible church gleefully joins the herald of the resounding chorus that belches forth a cacophony of contradictory verses and passages from the counterfeit Alexandrian texts that pose as versions of the Bible. There are grievous consequences for this blatant belligerence against the truth of the Scriptures preserved for us in the Received Text and faithfully translated in the KJV. The end result is that the Scriptures lose their preeminence in the hearts and minds of Christians, and everything, all decisions, become simply the matter of one’s own personal opinion, which we know always results in sinful rebellion against our Holy God. What else could it do? Then the light becomes darkness and there is no preserving salt spread throughout the nation to retard sinful spoilage. The decay spread throughout our country is sanctioning shameful sinful scruples as the norm.
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. (5) Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. (6) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (7) As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (8) They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. (9) And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. Hosea 4:4-9
Since Jesus Christ recognized the copies of the Old Testament as the Scripture of God, can we do less? To say that God’s Word is inspired only in the original Autographs is to attack the doctrine of preservation and gainsay what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said about the Scripture. Here are verses where we see that Jesus recognized the copies in the synagogues of His day as indeed the very Word of God Almighty.
And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. (16) And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (17) And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, (18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (20) And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. (21) And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. (22) And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? (23) And He said unto them, Ye will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. (24) And He said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. (25) But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; (26) But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. (27) And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. Luke 4:15-27
Before embarking on His divine ministry, Jesus often read from the Scriptures in His local synagogue. Now, serving God His Father as Messiah, He read a passage from the book of Isaiah to all those in attendance. The passage from the book of Isaiah wasn’t the original writing, but a copy. Jesus Christ knew the book because He looked up the passage He wanted to read. He read it verbatim, without commentary and then afterward declared that Scripture was fulfilled in their ears. He Who read it to them, Jesus, was the fulfillment of that Scripture. Here we have God Himself in the flesh declaring the passage that He read from a copy of the book of Isaiah to be Holy Scripture. All who say that the copies of the Scripture are not the inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God, and that only the original Autographs can be declared such are terribly mistaken, deceived and oppose what Jesus Himself taught.
Jesus then goes on to give familiar examples within the Scriptures of Gentiles who received miracles from God. Those at the synagogue were all conversant with these historical accounts because they had the Scriptures read to them during their services, many had copies, and many had been trained to memorize the Scriptures. All of this took place with copies of the original Autographs. Again Jesus Christ is giving certification that the copies of the Scripture are Scripture.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (30) For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (31) But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, (32) I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (33) And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine. Matthew 22:29-33
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: (36) Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (37) Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. (38) For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him. Luke 20:34-38
In silencing the Pharisees Jesus refers to a known passage of Scripture. Notice that Jesus refers to this passage as written, but also as God speaking to them. In the passage of Scripture recorded for us in Luke, He acknowledges that Moses wrote this account quoted from the Scriptures. In referencing this passage Jesus recognized the passage as the Word of God written by Moses. Now without a doubt they did not have the original Autograph, but copies, so here again Jesus is calling these copies of the Scripture God’s Word.
But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (43) I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (44) How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? (45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. (46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. (47) But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 5:42-47
Receiving all of the Bible as the Word of God is essential to truly believing in Jesus Christ and trusting His Word. If, as is the habit of those who follow the Alexandrian texts, one picks and chooses what is and isn’t the Word of God then there is no confidence in what God has given to us in the Bible. Then too, confidence in Jesus Christ and what He has said is overthrown and people do just as they please. I am including a link to an article that gives stark proof of the evil which prevails when we disregard the Scriptures.
Recognizing the Word of God is vital for God’s people and their walk with Him. Through Satan’s sly seducers confusion and compromise have been brought within the visible church so that the majority of Christians are comfortable with the lie that we do not have available the very Words of the Living God. With prevailing presumption pretenders say that it is enough to have the concepts of God, to have preserved the “gospel of God”, to have an approximation of what God has said given to us through the scholarly work of the intellectual heroisms of critical textual scholars. God’s Word says that He has preserved His Word, and yet their lie stands against the truth of God. Our charge from God is who are we going to believe. Are we going to believe Jesus Christ, or are we going to believe these false teachers who have poisoned many with their treacherous fruit?
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