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5. A “Codex Moment”

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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].