1. God has given us Scriptures, the Bible, fully Inspired.
"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The Bible is inerrant and infallible. God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But, modern translations are made for profit and to favor false doctrines.
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Praise the Lord, Alleluia. A few days ago, I gave a preview on the declaration of faith. This is the continuation of that. This is item # 1 in the declaration. It is about the word of God. The heading may be: "God has fully Inspired the Scriptures of the Bible." The full statement is: "The Bible is inerrant and infallible. God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But, modern translations are made for profit and to favor false doctrines."
It is not a bible term, but I picked it up from other statements of faith. The dictionary meaning of the word ‘inerrant’ is: free from error. The word of God is also free from error. So, the bible is inerrant. Next word is ‘infallible’. The dictionary meaning of infallible is: not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint; and it is incapable of making an error. The bible is exactly that. Not only, it does not have an error, but it prevents people from making an error. So, I used these two words, inerrant and infallible, to describe the bible.
God has brought the bible together using many people from different times. Let me read 2 Timothy 3:16&17. "16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." So, it is written by the inspiration of God, and it will make the man of God perfect. The proof is, that he will do good works, and he will not do bad works that is pertained to sin. If, the bible is written with the intelligence of men, it can be understood with intelligence. Since it is written by the inspiration of God, we cannot interpret bible, with our intelligence, but it must be revealed by God. Jesus says in John 6:63, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." If the bible is the spirit that Jesus Christ imparts, and the life that Jesus Christ gives, how can we get them by our intellect? Let me read Matthew 13:11; Jesus was telling this to his disciples: "11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." So, understanding the word of God is given to God's chosen people like his disciples, but not to Pharisees, Scribes, and such people; now they are theologians, celebrity preachers, TV personalities, and such people. But we look for famous people to study bible. Does it make sense? No.
But, God establishes pastors and teachers in his church to teach the word to the saints. Let me read Ephesians 4:11&12. "11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Please notice, only the saints are perfected, it is only for his ministry and only the body of Christ is edified, and others are not. Others will argue and fight.
Further, God will not reveal his word to the wise people of the world. But they write books and doctrines and the so-called Christians buy them and study them, to get smart and to know God. They don’t even know God and how could they show God to others? God considers them as fools. Let me read 1 Corinthians 1:21&27. "21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" So, not only the word of God is inspired by God, but also it is still controlled and revealed by God. God inspired it to write as well as he reveals it to understand. Humble people understand his word, but brilliant and proud people will not understand it.
The Bible is inspired by God and God reveals it. So, it is the book of God. It must be the Calibrating Standard, for us to live a godly life here, as well as to inherit eternal life. So, the calibrating scale must have a high standard of accuracy and truth. It must be genuine. Let me explain what I do. I am from India and my language is Tamil. I have the Bible in my language. It was translated directly from Greek language, by a group of people who were dedicated their full service to God, and God alone. So, I hold that Bible as the standard, for my studies. In English, there are many versions. To certain extend, I have compared them with my Tamil bible. I was amazed to see that many modern versions are not only wrong, but it seems that they are twisted purposely for some reason. I don’t want to investigate, but I have rejected them. I found that American Standard and KJ versions are very close with my Tamil bible. I saw only a few insignificant mistakes in them. If your intention is to study the truth of the bible, use one of these two versions. Most other versions are written to make money, to promote false doctrines, and are corrupted.
Let me read Matthew 16:26 to emphasis the importance of eternal life. Jesus Christ told this to his disciples. "26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul." Why don’t have to lose our soul. Select a genuine true bible. In English it may be KJV or ASV for truth. Then, don’t depend on denominations or famous preachers to teach you. They do not know the truth. Prayerfully ask God to reveal the truth to you from a genuine bible. God also gives humble teachers to his church. If you know any such people, learn from them. I hope to post the next video soon.
Thank you very much for listening. God bless
you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
I have a couple of lessons on the topic. The links are: 1. "Word Spirit," 2. "Scripture is Inspired." Thank you.
God Bless You