WHAT IS GOD’S WORD

Lesson No. 2

 

(INTRODUCTION TO INTERNAL EVIDENCE)

                                                                             

THE BIBLE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

 

 

 

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

 

Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

 

                Under the American system of law, a man is considered innocent until proven guilty. That same law allows the accused to defend himself and testify on his own behalf. When it comes to the charges made against the King James Bible by its critics, can Christians do anything less than the law of the land? Should we not afford the King James Bible (AV 1611) an opportunity to defend itself and consider it innocent until proven otherwise?

 

            The King James Bible, originally known as the Authorized Version, has laid claim for better than 380 years to being God’s Holy Word. It has held its place against increasing attack beginning in the early 1700’s (with just a few dissenters) to the present day (where the majority of the so-called Bible ‘scholars’ and critics have rejected it as being God’s Holy word or even the best translation). And in its place they have given us innumerable translations in English, at the rate of approximately 1 per year for the last 80 years, to the point where most people (most Christians) don’t know where or what is God’s word.

 

            I believe when we approach this matter of whether the King James Bible is the Holy Word of God, we must be very careful and not be too hasty to condemn the innocent before we have examined the evidence. Please don’t pre-judge this issue, for it is not a matter of personal preference. I firmly believe that we owe the Book an opportunity to stand up and defend itself. If it must go on trial, then that trial should be fair and all of the evidence must be reviewed, and the verdict should be decided at the end of all the testimony, not at the beginning!

 

The King James Bible is The Bible responsible for the saving of more souls than any other version, translation, or even the “originals” themselves. It is The Bible that sent out more missionaries than any other. And it is The Bible which has been preached and taught to more people than any other Bible ever in existence. Before we toss it aside for one of the ‘newer’ and ‘more up-to-date’ models, we’d better be sure that the criticisms leveled against it are accurate and true.

 

Is the King James Bible God’s Holy Word? Or is it just an “Old” and “Archaic” relic from the past? Is it innocent, or guilty as charged? That is what we are here for today, to receive the testimony of the accused. Let us prayerfully and carefully consider this testimony.

 

Should anyone undertake this same study with any of the “new” or “modern” English bibles other than the AV-KJB they will end up with different answers and conclusions. For it is impossible to arrive at the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth with any English bible (since 1881) with the exception of the AV-KJB.

 

One of the first things that becomes apparent in studying what The Bible has to say about Itself is that God has placed WARNINGS in His word about how men are to handle It.

 

These WARNINGS are found near the:                                   

 

                Front of The Bible: Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither  shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments                                                                                               of the LORD your God which I command you.

 

 

                Middle of The Bible: Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

                                                                                        6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

 

 

                End of The Bible: Revelation 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall                                                                                                add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

                                                                                      19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and                                                                                             out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 

 

 

            There can be no doubt as to the "meaning" of these WARNINGS! ! !

 

Man is commanded NOT to:

 

                                                     #1 ADD to the WORDS OF GOD!

 

                                                     #2 SUBTRACT from the WORDS OF GOD!

 

                                                    #3 CHANGE the WORDS OF GOD!

 

            I believe that God means what He says (Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?). I also believe that we must diligently observe His WARNINGS and obey His Commands concerning HIS WORDS.

 

            Two very important Biblical Truths that are practically unknown today are that: #1. God's word is equal to His WORDS. (John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 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. Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.) #2. Whenever a man, or a family, or a city, or a county, or a country rejects God's WORDS Evil follows. (Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.)

 

                                                     #4 REJECT the WORDS OF GOD = EVIL!

 

 

The following is The Bible's own definition of what God's word is:

 

THE WORD IS

 

SWEETPSALMS 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

 

HONEY PSALMS 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

 

BREAD DEUTERONOMY 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might                                                                      make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

 

BREAD LUKE. 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.                                                 

 

WATER EPHESIANS 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself  for it;

                                                       26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

                                                       27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 

MILK 1 PETER 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  

 

MEAT - HEBREWS 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you  again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become                                                         such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

                                                13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

                                                14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

GOOD JEREMIAH 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to                                                            return to this place.

 

PUREPSALMS 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.                                                    

 

TRIEDPSALMS 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.                                     

 

RIGHTPSALMS 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth

 

POWERFULHEBREWS 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of                                                                     the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

POWERFULPSALMS 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

 

 

TRUTH PSALMS 119:43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.    

 

TRUTH JOHN 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.   

 

SETTLED FOREVERPSALMS119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

 

LAMPPSALMS 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.                             

 

LIGHTPSALMS 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.                                                       

 

VERY PUREPSALMS 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.                  

 

TRUE PS.ALMS 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

 

RIGHTEOUS ‑ PSALMS 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.      

               

FOREVER – ISAIAH 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

 

A FIREJEREMIAH 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?                                                                        

 

HAMMERJEREMIAH 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

 

FAITHFULTITUS. 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

QUICKHEBREWS 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the                                                              joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

A SWORDHEBREWS 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the                                                                joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

A DISCERNER - HEB.REWS 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged  sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,                                                                                and of  the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

MORE SUREII PETER 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take  heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day                                                                          dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

 

 

The Bible is also very clear about what the word of God does.

 

WHAT THE WORD DOES

 

 

TRIES – PSALMS 105:19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.  

 

CLEANSESPSALMS 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

 

KEEPS FROM SIN PSALMS 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

STRENGTHENS PSALMS 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

 

GIVES HOPEPSALMS 119:49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.           

 

GIVES COMFORTPSALMS 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.                  

 

QUICKENSPSALMS 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

 

UPHOLDSPSALMS 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.                                                           

 

GIVES LIGHTPSALMS 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.                                                     

 

GIVES UNDERSTANDINGPSALMS 119: 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

 

RUNS VERY SWIFTLY PSALMS 147:15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

 

ACCOMPLISHES – ISAIAH 55:10-11 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth                                                                                                 and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

                                                                                           11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I                                                                                                                please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

PROSPERS - ISAIAH 55: 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it                                                                    may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

                                                          11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper                                                                in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

JUDGESJOHN 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

                                             48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.                               

 

SANCTIFIESJOHN 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.                                                      

 

BUILDS UP - ACTS 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them                                                               which are sanctified.

 

WORKS EFFECTUALLY I THESSALONIANS 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us,                                                                                                          ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

 

SAVESJAMES 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

 

                EPHESIANS 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with                                                                   that holy Spirit of promise,

 

 

                ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

 

 

                I PETER 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart                                                  fervently:     

                                    23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

               

            I am not suggesting that the Bible and God are equal, but if a person will compare what the word is and what the word does with the Lord God Almighty Himself, the only possible conclusion that any reasonable person could reach is that GOD and HIS HOLY WORD are INSEPARABLE!

 

 


The Bible plainly states what our attitude ought to be towards the word.

 

 

MAN'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS GOD’S WORD

 

PRAISEPSALMS 56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

 

REBEL NOT AGAINST PSALMS 105:28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.

 

TAKE HEED PSALMS 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.                                   

 

HIDEPSALMS 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.           

 

NOT FORGET – PS.ALMS 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.              

 

KEEPPSALMS 119:17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

 

KEEPPSALMS 119: 101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

 

TRUST PSALMS 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

 

HOPE PSALMS 119:74, They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word          

 

HOPE PSALMS 119:81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

 

ESTEEMPSALMS 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.                                  

 

ESTEEMJOB 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

WALK IN - PSALMS 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

 

MEDITATEPSALMS 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.    

 

IN AWE OFPSALMS 119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of  thy word.                                                       

 

REJOICEPSALMS 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.          

 

SPEAKPSALMS 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

 

HOLD FASTII TIMOTHY 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.                  

 

RIGHTLY DIVIDEII TIMOTHY 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

PREACHII TIMOTHY 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.      

 

DESIREI PET. 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

 

JOY – JEREMIAH 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God

                                                          of hosts.    

 

TREMBLEISAIAH 66:1Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

                                                          2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit,                                                               and trembleth at my word.                           

                                                          3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck;  he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that                                                                  burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

                                                          4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil                                                                       before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

                                                          5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he                                                              shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

 

            After reading all of the wonderful things the Psalms have to say about God's word, is it any wonder that despite David's terrible sins that God could say about this man: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”  (Acts 13:22)         

 

 

In order for us to determine what God's Attitude towards His word is we'll have to first look at the importance of His Name.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS NAME:

 

THE WORD OF GODREVELATION 19:12&13

 

           12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

           13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDSREVELATION 19:16

 

               And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

MORE EXCELLENT THAN THE ANGELS ‑ HEBREWS 1:4

 

                Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

 

JESUS' NAME IS ABOVE EVERY NAME PHILIPPIANS 2:9

 

                Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

 

AT JESUS' NAME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOWPHILIPPIANS 2:10

 

                That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

 

AT JESUS' NAME EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESSPHILIPPIANS 2:11

 

                And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

HE IS FAR ABOVE EVERY NAMEEPHESIANS 1:21

 

                Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

 

HIS NAME DECLARED THROUGHOUT THE EARTHROMANS 9:17

 

                For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared

                throughout all the earth.

 

NONE OTHER NAME WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVEDACTS 4:12

 

                Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we  must be saved.

 

HIS NAME ALONE IS EXCELLENTPSALMS 148:13

 

                Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.          

 

 

After reading the above verses as to how highly God regards His Name, what do you think God’s attitude is towards His written word?


 

GOD'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIS WORD

 

     GOD HAS MAGNIFIED HIS WORD ABOVE HIS NAME ‑ PSALMS 138:2

 

Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 

 

Finally, let us examine God's Promises concerning His word.

 

GOD'S PROMISES CONCERNING HIS WORD

 

PURIFYPSALMS 12: 6

 

                Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

 

KEEP - PSALMS 12: 6 & 7

 

                Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

                                    7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

 

PRESERVE FOREVERPSALMS 12: 6 & 7

 

                Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

                                    7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

 

HIS TRUTH TO ENDURE TO ALL GENERATIONSPSALMS 100:5

 

                Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

ABLE TO BUILD US UPACTS 20:32

 

Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 

ABLE TO GIVE US AN INHERITANCEACTS 20:32

 

Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 

HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY

BUT HIS WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAYLUKE 21:33

 

Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

 

CONCERNING PROMISES - GOD IS NOT A MAN 

 

            "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19)

 

           

Did you know that the New Birth is dependent on the word of God being incorruptible?

(1 Peter 1:22-25, James 1:18). If we aren’t sure of what the word is, or where it is – Then what assurance do we have of our salvation?

 

            God’s word isn’t dead; or stale; or old fashioned; archaic; or out of date - So let’s revise it; or change it; or bring it up to date (ala Madison Avenue). GOD’S WORD IS ALIVE! God inspired it. God caused it to be written. God has guided men down through the ages to preach and teach it. God preserved it. God is using it today, just as He did nearly 2,000 years ago. There is nothing in the world to compare with it!

           

 

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE WORD OF GOD!

           

            “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” (Psalms 33:4)

 

            Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24).