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8. The Conclusion of the Matter

The conclusion to the series: Why the King James Bible?

If  you  do  not  approach  your  Bible  (in  English)  the  same  way  David approached his Bible (some of which even by then was centuries old), then you don't have a book worthy of belief and a God worthy of worship.

  • Psalms 119:31 —  I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.
  • Psalms 119:116 — Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
  • Psalms 119:159 — Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
  • Psalms 119:161 — Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
  • Proverbs 22:20-21 — Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge.
  • Proverbs 22:21 — That  I  might  make  thee  know  the  certainty  of  the  words  of  truth;  that  thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?  

You have a decision to make. Did He or didn't He? A lot of that answer will be settled by answering one thing in your own mind: could He or couldn't He? If you know Him, then you know that He could. If you know that He could, then it's no problem believing that He did. And if He really did, then you know what you have in the Authorized Version, the King James Bible.

Categoría: History & Heritage of the Bible

7. The Ideology of our Theology

Downloads: HHB_audio_7.mp3

The seventh message in the series: Why the King James Bible?

How Apostasy Works: Three ways apostasy was working in Paul's day...

  • False knowledge was exalted above the scriptures, 1 Tim 6:20.
  • The literal meaning of scripture was spiritualized away, 2 Tim 2:16-18.
  • Philosophy is substituted for Scripture, Col 2:8.

Thesis: Any time you take away from the authority of the scriptures, you lose some of the anointedness of the Spirit.

  • Point 1: Scholars and Scriptures
  • Point 2: Scribes and Scrolls
  • Point 3: Tying up Loose Ends

Conclusion: Is the King James Bible Scripture?

Timothy had the Scriptures. Timothy’s grandmother knew where to find the Scriptures. Paul says, when you can identify something as Scripture, then you have something that was given by inspiration.  So  the  question  is  not,  Is  the  King  James Bible  inspired?  No,  The question is this: is the King James Bible Scripture? Because if it is, then it is God’s words, given by a process of inspiration. And remember, all through the Bible, the Scripture is not tied to the original writings.

Scripture does not equal originals. Scripture is that which was written and recognized as authoritative.

  • Jesus did not have the originals when he said to search the Scriptures.
  • The disciples did not have  the  originals  when  they  believed  the  Scriptures.
  • Timothy’s  mother  did  not  have  the originals when she taught Timothy the Scriptures.
  • When Paul translated the Hebrew into Greek and  then  quoted  it,  that  was  still  Scripture.

So  Scripture  stands  independent  of  the  originals, irrespective of time, place, language, interveing years, numbers of copyists, etc. Therefore, whenever we can identify Scripture, in our age and in our language, we have something inspired by God.

Categoría: History & Heritage of the Bible

6. Text to Translation

Downloads: HHB_notes_6.pdf | HHB_audio_6.mp3

The sixth message in the series: Why the King James Bible?

Thesis: It is consistent with the word of God to say that a translation of God’s words can truly be the Scriptures of God in a second language.

  • Point 1: The Nature of Translation
  • Point 2: The Process of Getting a Text
  • Point 3: The Process of Getting a Translation

Top 10 Reasons for Why You Need to Know What the Bible is: Here are the reasons we would give for why we take the stand we do on the King James Bible being the Word and words of God in the English language.

  • There is a denial of the existence of truth as an absolute standard and final authority.
  • Secular society criticizes the Bible as a mixture of truth and error.
  • When the Bible has been revised in English it has tended to become relativised.
  • A body of other “holy books” now compete with it.
  • The Bible becomes the basis of disunity when it is viewed skeptically.
  • Critics are trying to find a “canon” within the canon.
  • Satan makes sure that old heresies are recycled as new creative attacks.
  • Eternal life hangs in the balance because only the Bible has the words of life, Ps 115:3-4,8; John 6:68.
  • If we spend our life following something untrue, we are of all people most miserable, 1Cor 15:19.
  • The Bible claims to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, truly authoritative, and inerrant—but if we are not certain of the words of truth today, that does not matter.
Categoría: History & Heritage of the Bible

5. A “Codex Moment”

Downloads: HHB_notes_5.pdf | HHB_audio_5.mp3

The fifth message in the series: Why the King James Bible?

1 Corinthians 14:36-38

God's Chain Link from His Revelation to Your Translation:

  • Revelation
  • Inspiration (Prophesying)
  • Inscripturation (Scripture)
  • Transmission (Manuscripts)
  • Preservation
  • Translation

Point 1: Materials of Transmission

Point 2: Process of Inspiration

Point 3: Method of Preservation

Conclusion: No modern language version of the Bible uses the Received Text. Our conclusion is aptly summarized by Dean Burgon:

I  am  utterly  disinclined  to  believe,  so  grossly  improbable  does  it seem—that  at  the  end  of  1800  years  995  copies  out  of  every  thousand, suppose, will prove untrustworthy; and that the one, two, three, four, or five which remain, whose contents were til yesterday as good as unknown, will be  found  to  have  retained  the  secret  of  what  the  Holy Spirit  originally inspired. I am utterly unable to believe, in short, that God's promise has so entirely failed, that at the end of 1800 years, much of the text of the Gospel had  in  point  of  fact  to  be  picked  by  a  German  critic  out  of  a  wastepaper basket  in  the  convent  of  St.  Catherine;  and  that  the  entire  text  had  to  be remodelled after the pattern set by a couple of copies which had remained in neglect during fifteen centuries, and had probably owed their survival to that neglect; whilst hundreds of others had been thumbed to pieces, and had bequeathed their witness to copies made from them. Happily, Western Christendom  has  been  content  to  employ  one  and  the  same  text  for upwards of three hundred years [in 1883].

Categoría: History & Heritage of the Bible

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