SCRIPTURE = THE WORDS OF GOD

 

 By Moses LemuelRaj

 

 

It is important that we base our faith on the WORDS of the Scripture, and not on the philosophy of men. We read in Col 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

According to the Holy Scriptures, "there are THREE that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and THESE THREE ARE ONE" (1 John 5:7). This is the FINAL statement made by the Holy Scriptures on the subject of Trinity. But both the unsaved reprobates (Jehovah's witnesses el al), and some saved but self-conceited brethren reject this statement.

The above verse DOES NOT say that there are THREE GODS. There are no three Gods. There is but one God. The Bible is very clear on this. But 1 John 5:7 mentions THREE. And it says, these THREE are ONE. We don't have to understand it. We just have to believe it. At the "triple point" of water (0.0098 deg C), all the three "phases" of water (viz., ice, water and vapor) co-exist. All of them are "water," the same substance. Yet all of them are distinct from each other. But let us caution ourselves that none of these examples can completely explain to us the truth of the Divine mysteries. We are told the "what" of the matter, that is, God is one, eternally existing in three Persons. We are not told the "how" of the matter. And we don't need to know that, unless God reveals.

We read in the Bible that there is "one God." And that one God is "ONLY true God." And that God is "only wise God." So there is only one God. But, Jesus Christ is "God ... manifest in the FLESH" (1 Tim 3:16). So Jesus Christ is God. He is not ANOTHER God, but He is God. He said, "I and my Father are ONE" (John 10:30). He said, "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9). He said, "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me" (John 14:11). But that does not make the Father and the Son one Person. The distinction of Persons is clearly stated in the Scriptures, as listed below.

John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word was WITH God. It does not say, "God was with God." Otherwise, there will be TWO Gods. But it says, "The WORD was with God. And the Word was God." That shows the distinction of Persons. And we read, "The Word was made FLESH" (John 1:14). So Jesus Christ is "God ... manifest in the FLESH." Let me show you more verses that clearly state the distinction of Persons. Read John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love ME, he will keep MY words: and MY FATHER will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him." Observe those words - "me," "my," "we," and "our." There we can see the clear distinction of Persons in the Godhead.

The Scriptural word for the Trinity is GODHEAD. Observe that this word occurs in the Holy Scriptures THREE times - Acts 17:29, Rom 1:20 and Col 2:9. And in Jesus Christ "dwelleth ALL THE FULNESS of the Godhead BODILY." Please don't read it as "in His body dwelleth all the fulness of Godhead." Those who deny the deity of Christ read it like that. Because even in saved men, the Father and the Son (John 14:23), and the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9) DWELL. But Col 2:9 does not say that. It says, "IN HIM dwelleth ALL THE FULNESS of the Godhead BODILY."

Further, let us read a verse from the OT, and see the distinction of Persons in the Godhead. "Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me" (Isa 48:16). The speaker is JEHOVAH, see verse 15. And He says, "now the Lord GOD, AND his Spirit, hath sent ME." Do you see THREE Persons there?

At the same time, our God is one God. Malachi 2:10 - "Have we not all one father? hath not ONE GOD created us?" 1 Corinthians 8:6 - "But to us there is but ONE GOD, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."

The Lord Jesus Christ said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). So we know that our God is ONLY true God. Therefore no one else is "true God." The Jehovah's Witnesses wrest this Scripture, and teach that Jesus Christ was not "true God" because He referred to the Father in John 17:3. But that is madness. We read in 1 John 5:20 that Jesus Christ is "true God." So does that mean there are TWO "true Gods"? Nay, but the Scripture tells us about the "ONLY true God." And Jesus Christ is "true God." Can't understand? You don't have to. We have to believe the WORDS of the Scripture.

There is another expression in Scriptures, "ONLY wise God." That means, all other "gods" are FOOLISH. There are THREE references to "ONLY wise God." They are in Romans 16:27, 1 Timothy 1:17 and Jude 1:25. In Jude 1:25, the reference is clearly to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:24, it is Lord Jesus that will present us faultless before the presence of His glory. In Eph 5:27, the Lord Jesus Christ presents the church to HIMSELF. The presenter is the Lord, and the bride is presented to the Lord. He presents the church to HIMSELF. So Jude 1:25 is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. They destroyed this truth by adding "through Jesus Christ our Lord" in Jude 1:25, and thus they refused to identify the Lord Jesus as "only wise God," though Thomas identified Him as "my Lord and my God" (John 20:28).

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, AND OF the Son, AND OF the Holy Ghost" (Mat 28:19). We don't read about the NAMES, but THE NAME. It's the name OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost. The THREE have the same NAME. And that name is JEHOVAH. "That men may know that thou, whose name ALONE is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth" (Ps 83:18).

Our God is one God, eternally existing in three Persons. And here is the challenge that God threw at the false "gods." "To whom will ye liken ME, and make ME equal, and compare ME, that WE may be like?" (Isa 46:5). "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one" (1 John 5:7).

Some one asked: "What about the third person the Holy Spirit. We read about God and Son Lord Jesus and both being one but do we also read about Holy Spirit and God being one."

We do read that "these THREE are one," don't we? The Holy Spirit is included there among the three. Further, the Spirit is called as the "Spirit of God" as well as "Spirit of Christ." See Rom 8:9. He is also called "Lord" in 2 Cor 3:17. When Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost, he lied to God (see Acts 5:3-4). He was mentioned as a distinct Person by the Lord Jesus Christ, when He referred to the Spirit as "ANOTHER comforter" (John 14:16).

Thus, the Holy Ghost is a Person distinct from the Father and the Son. He is called "God" and "Lord" in the Scriptures. More over, He is mentioned as being one with the other two (1 John 5:7).

Some one asked: "What about the third person the Holy Spirit. We read about God and Son Lord Jesus and both being one but do we also read about holy spirit and God being one."

We do read that "these THREE are one," don't we? The Holy Spirit is included there among the three. Further, the Spirit is called as the "Spirit of God" as well as "Spirit of Christ." See Rom 8:9. He is also called "Lord" in 2 Cor 3:17. When Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost, he lied to God (see Acts 5:3-4). He was mentioned as a distinct Person by the Lord Jesus Christ, when He referred to the Spirit as "ANOTHER comforter" (John 14:16).

Thus, the Holy Ghost is a Person distinct from the Father and the Son. He is called "God" and "Lord" in the Scriptures. More over, He is mentioned as being one with the other two (1 John 5:7).

We use the Authorized King James Bible (AV) ONLY in all our teaching. We do not just use the AV, but believe every word of it. We believe that the AV is the "holy scriptures" (Rom 1:2; 2 Tim 3:15) GIVEN by inspiration of God, and therefore infallible and inerrant. When we say inerrant, we mean inerrant - absolutely inerrant. Thus, whenever we refer to the "Holy Bible," or "Bible," or "holy scriptures" or "Scriptures" or "Scripture," we refer to the "holy scriptures" as found in the Authorized King James Bible, which sometimes we refer to as the AV.

Moses LemuelRaj

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Why I believe that the Authorized King James Bible is "Holy Scriptures," and that it is "given by inspiration of God."

The simplest reason why I believe the AV to be SCRIPTURE is because, AV meets ALL the requirements, characteristics and demands, that AV ITSELF mentions ABOUT the SCRIPTURE(S) in its OWN PAGES.

In other words, if what the AV says ABOUT the SCRIPTURE is 100% true with ITSELF, then AV MUST BE SCRIPTURE - such a kind of "scripture" as the AV itself describes - and therefore "HOLY SCRIPTURES."

This is what the AV mentions ABOUT the SCRIPTURES:

1. 2 Tim 3:16. "ALL scripture is GIVEN BY INSPIRATION of God." If something is SCRIPTURE, then it is given by inspiration of God. INSPIRATION means (Job 32:8), God BREATHING-INTO the words of the Scripture the BREATH OF LIFE, thereby making them LIVING WORDS (1 Peter 1:23).

2. The Scriptures are HOLY (Rom 1:2; 2 Tim 3:15). The Scripture is "TRUTH" (Dan 10:21). Therefore, SCRIPTURE is absolutely 100% INERRANT.

3. The Scriptures can be READ (Mat 21:42), SEARCHED (Acts 17:11), and they are PROFITABLE (2 Tim 3:16).

4. Timothy HAD "Holy Scriptures" (2 Tim 3:15), the BEREANS had (Acts 17:11) and the Pharisees had (John 5:39) SCRIPTURES; Philip PREACHED from the SCRIPTURE (Acts 8:35).

5. Both the Lord Jesus and the Ethiopian eunuch READ SCRIPTURE (Luke 4:21; Acts 8:35), even though they read TWO DIFFERENT COPIES of the SAME BOOK, book of Isaiah.

6. Points 3,4 and 5 clearly conclude that "SCRIPTURE" according to the AV is not some INVISIBLE, LOST "original autograph" but COPIES of the Scripture.

I have examined the AV and have seen that it meets ALL the descriptions the AV itself gives ABOUT the Scriptures. Therefore, I conclude the AV to be "holy scriptures" "GIVEN by inspiration of God." I have seen many men propose that AV is NOT INERRANT, but I have not so far found one single ERROR in the AV. All alleged "ERRORS" can be resolved by giving 100% benefit of doubt to God, and 0% benefit of doubt to men, as Paul had put it - "LET God be true, BUT every man a liar."

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Some one said: "But the fact is, the Authorized King James Version many times is not comprehensible to the average reader in the present day."

I myself am an "average reader of the present day." I have no theological degree, nor have I studied English beyond 12th standard. But I can "comprehend" the AV words by SEARCHING the Scriptures (John 5:39), and comparing Scripture with Scripture (1 Cor 2:13).

For example, I never knew what the word NETHER (1 Kings 9:17) meant, because I never read it outside the Bible. But when I compared it with Deut 24:6 and Josh 15:19, then I understood it to mean LOWER. If we use God given "SOUND MIND" (2 Tim 1:7) to search and find the meaning of BIBLICAL words as they are used in the Bible, in the context they are used, we can find the meaning of those words easily.

Most people are annoyed to see "LET" (2 Thess 2:7) means HINDER, and ask, how can I know the meaning of that word unless I am told by some one else? Well, read Rom 1:13, "Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was LET
HITHERTO,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles." The context there plainly concludes that "LET" means hinder, if you put to use the "SOUND MIND" (2 Tim 1:7) given by God.

Similarly, "PREVENT" (1 Thess 4:15) can be understood by Amos 9:10. "I TROW not" (Luke 17:9) is easily understood by the context. "WIST" can be understood from Lev 5:17 and Luke 2:49. "WOT" can be understood from Acts 3:17 and Rom 11:2.

 

Q1. Do you believe that the SCRIPTURE(S) are/were "given by INSPIRATION of God," and HOLY,

       and the TRUTH? (YES/NO).

 

Q2. Do you believe that THOSE SCRIPTURE(S) are/were READABLE, and SEARCHABLE, and

       PROFITABLE? (YES/NO).

 

Q3. Have YOU ever SEEN, READ, SEARCHED, been PROFITED by, and BELIEVED on,

       THOSE SCRIPTURE(S)? (YES/NO).

 

Q4. Do you believe THOSE SCRIPTURE(S) to be without ANY ERROR, because they are

       HOLY, and are TRUTH? (YES/NO).

 

Q5. Does THOSE SCRIPTURE(S) agree with your above four answers about the SCRIPTURE(S)?

       (YES/NO).
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Here are my answers to mine own questions, based on the "Holy Scriptures" I HAVE with me (the Authorized King James Bible).

Q1. YES. The Scriptures are HOLY (Rom 1:2; 2 Tim 3:15). The Scriptures are "TRUTH" (Dan 10:21). The Scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God (2 Tim 3:16).

Q2. YES. They can be READ (Mat 21:42), SEARCHED (Acts 17:11), and they are PROFITABLE (2 Tim 3:16).

Q3. YES. I have SEEN them, READ them every day, and SEARCH them every day, exactly as Timothy HAD them (2 Tim 3:15), as the Ethiopian eunuch READ them (Acts 8:32,35), and as the Bereans SEARCHED them (Acts 17:11). And I am being PROFITED (2 Tim 3:16) by them every day both in doctrinal and practical matters.

Q4. YES. I believe these Scriptures are without ANY ERROR because those "Scriptures" are HOLY (Rom 1:2), and they are TRUTH (Dan 10:21), and the Scriptures cannot be BROKEN (though Moses BRAKE them beneath the mount, Ex 32:19).

Q5. YES. Those "Scriptures" I identified is the Authorized King James Version (AV). And the AV agrees with ALL of my answers above (please see the references quoted above from an AV).

 

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