God’s Preserved Words
In Ps 12:6-7, David wrote that the Lord would keep and preserve his words “from this generation for ever”. This verse begs the question, “Do we have God’s preserved words in our possession today”? I hope to answer this question today.
Several times recently, people have asked why I believe the King James Bible is the word of God. In thinking about this question, I realized that we haven’t taught or preached on this subject in quite a while. So, today we’ll discuss this topic.
For some, hearing this sermon might help you believe that the King James Bible is the word of God. I began to believe that these are God’s preserved words after I heard someone preach a sermon on the subject.
For others, this sermon might strengthen your faith and understanding. I have learned that people who have been taught to believe something, without being taught why they believe it, are easily talked out of what they believe.
And still for others, this sermon might stir you to study the issue a little deeper to see if what you’re hearing is really so. You may not be convinced, but you may be curious enough to find out the answer for yourself.
God’s Words Are Spoken and Written
In Gen 1, immediately we begin reading, “God said…”. When the Prophets preached they said, “Thus saith the Lord”. God spoke the ten commandments and then wrote them with his own finger.
God gave Moses words and told him to write them in a book, Deut 31:26, which he put in the side of the ark. The Jews were to read all those words every seven years in the year of solemnity, Deut 31:10-13. In Jos 24:26, Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God. God’s words are in a book, Is 34:16, called the book of the Lord. In 2 Ki 22:8, in Josiah’s day, Hilkiah found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And in Nehemiah’s day, they read in this book the fourth part of the day, Neh 9:3.
According to Ps 68:11, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it”. Many have published God’s words. Nevertheless, they are the words that he gave.
God’s Words Are Understandable
See Prov 8:8-9. Originally, authors, like Moses, wrote in Hebrew, the language of those to whom God wrote. Rom 3:2 says of Israel, “Unto them were committed the oracles of God”. Later, New Testament authors like Paul wrote in Greek, as the gospel opened to Gentiles, who were often called Greeks, Rom 1:16. Then God’s words were translated into Syriac, as the gospel moved into Syria. And then they were translated into Latin. Today, God’s words are in English, the international trade language of the world.
The Lord makes sure you can understand his words, so he gives them by inspiration, 2 Tim 3:16-17. According to Job 32:8, inspiration is the means by which we understand. We don’t rely upon our intellect to understand, we rely upon the Holy Spirit. According to Jn 14:26 the Holy Spirit shall teach you all things.
God’s Words Are Preserved
God preserves things. He sent Joseph to Egypt to preserve life, Gen 45:5. God gave Israel statutes to preserve them alive, Deut 6:24. God preserved Israel through their journeys and battles, Jos 24:17. The Lord made the heavens, the earth and the seas and he has preserved them all, Neh 9:6. These ordinances are a testimony of the everlasting covenant that God made and keeps with Israel, Jer 33:19-26.
Thankfully, God preserves blameless the spirit, soul, and body of his saints, 1 Thes 5:23. Matt 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”. In 1 Pet 1:25, the word of the Lord endureth forever. God has preserved his words, Ps 12:6-7. If you think about it, preserving his words should is perfectly reasonable. After all, Jesus is the Word and he is everlasting.
God’s Preserved Words Are True
See Ps 119:160, Jn 17:17. There is not a single error in this King James Bible. Not one. That’s how you know these words are his words. Bible believers have reconciled every supposed contradiction. Bible believers have examined all supposed errors and have found them to not be errors, at all. This book is perfect. Therefore, we can judge all other Bibles and words by the words in the King James Bible. They are the standard.
God’s Preserved Words Are Pure
Adding anything to or taking anything away from God’s words diminishes their purity, Rev 22:18-19. Silver that has been purified seven times cannot become purer by taking anything from it. And adding to it only defiles it. Those who have tried have perverted, Jer 23:36, corrupted, 2 Cor 2:17, and changed, Rom 1:25, his words.
According to Prov 30:5-6, you do not want to mess with pure! This King James Bible is the written, preserved, true, pure word of God. Instead of changing his words, you want to read and believe God’s preserved words and let them purify and change you. From the time I began reading these words at 32 until now, my life has changed dramatically. And it continues to change the more I read and study these words. I trust they’ll do the same for you.