Lucifer and Isaiah 14:12 – Are Modern Translations Corrupt?

Let me start this and state from the outset, that I do not have any issue with the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. This is not an anti-KJV post but rather one to balance some of the arguments the KJV-only proponents have used to ridicule and malign some of the modern translations such as the NASB, NIV, ESV etc.

Just so it is clear, my position is this: that the version of Bible you use (be it KJV, NASB, NIV etc) is a personal preference and it will not affect your ability to live a godly life, your walk with the Lord, or your ability to win souls to Christ. Most of the modern translations are extremely accurate to the original texts in their original languages of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

The argument that the KJV is the only perfect version of God’s Word is incorrect and most of the arguments used to support that position are wrong, or disingenuous. As I write posts related to this issue, they can be easily found here.

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Questions: Willful sin and Hebrews 10:26

What does it mean in Hebrews 10:26 when it says we no longer have a sacrifice for sins if we wilfully go on sinning?

The passage in the NASB states the following:

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Heb 10:26)

It goes on to say that rather, we can have a terrifying expectation of judgement and the fury of fire (v27).

This verse is part of a wider passage that encompasses the verses 26-39. It is specifically talking to the Jews who despite hearing the truth of Christ and His offer of salvation turn their back and carry on in their sin and thus trample Christ’s blood under their feet. Essentially it deals with apostates who know more than enough to be saved and yet walk from God’s saving grace wilfully and deliberately.

On top of this, the Greek word used for “wilfully” is hekousios. This also has an element of a way-of-life. In other words, if your life deliberately and consistently displays a pattern of rejecting Christ’s message, then there is not a sacrifice for this sin. Hebrews 6 covers this as well.

This book really targets people who have been presented the Good News and who may have even believed that it made sense and responded in some manner but not a saving manner. These people are told that if they continual to pattern their life wilfully rejecting Christ – despite knowing and understanding what the gospel demands of them – they will find themselves in a position whereby there is no sacrifice available to them.

Do Not Yield! (Gal 2:3-5)

Read Galatians 2:3-5 (NKJV):

Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

In the prior 2 verses, we see that Paul’s purpose to go back to Jerusalem is to have his message confirmed for the sake of the Apostles, not himself – he was completely confident in his message for he had received it directly from Jesus Himself.

As has been noted many times, Paul’s message (and authority!) had been challenged by a group who were trying to convince (and it was working well) the Galatians that to actually be saved, they needed to be circumcised on top of their faith. Paul refutes this obviously and says such a teaching is another gospel and that anyone preaching such a gospel, whether it be him, and angel, or anyone else, should be accursed (Gal 1:8-9). Strong words but this was a matter of spiritual life and death. For if one believes that Christ’s work is insufficient and that there must be some work or works to complete it, cannot be a Christian. That is why Paul says they that preach such a damning lie, should be accursed. Only by confessing and trusting that Christ’s work is sufficient, can you be saved. Your trust needs to be handed to Him.

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Not a Gospel in Vain (Gal 2:1-2)

Read Galatians 2:1-2 (NKJV):

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.

Paul now returns to the main issue at hand – that of the Galatians being capitivated and lead astray by a false, legalistic gospel of man-centred works. As we have seen in other posts from earlier passages in Galatians (here), the church was being stricken by false teaching which suggested it was not just faith that saved but you also had to do things too. In this situation, the main issue seemed to be that they had started believing that they needed to be circumcised too.

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Matthew Henry – A Man Who Loved God and His Word

One of the most famous historical figures associated with Christendom has to be Matthew Henry. Many know of him because of his famous commentary that he did on the whole Bible. It is an exquisite work. My family have benefited immensely from this marvellous work which spans 6 volumes. It has to be a must for any serious Christian family. In fact, George Whitefield, is was said, read through the whole work 4 times and the 4th time was done while on his knees. Charles Spurgeon said, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.”

However, for many Christians their knowledge of him stops there. They know of him as the author of the commentary but do not know anything of the man himself. To be honest, until recently I was in the very same boat. I knew nothing of him personally. When I started digging, I found some wonderful accounts of his life growing up, how he got saved, and how he went about his calling to serve the church through his writing and his pastoring – he was a pastor for much of his life. I also learned that he suffered a lot during his life which makes the work he produced and the service he rendered all the more remarkable and inspiring. He was a man who was extremely devoted to the Word and whose love for it influenced Christians for hundreds of years.

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Walking as a Man of Grace (Psalm 1:1-3)

Read Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV):

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

So many times I have read this Psalm and flipped through it without thinking much more than I usually do: “yes, it is good to avoid sinful ways” etc, etc. However in the last few weeks, the Lord has lead me to really examine these verses (and the actual Psalm) to apply the rich and wonderful applications that it contains. I found from doing that, there is so much more to this than I had ever known. Even now, weeks later, I am still being challenged, and refreshed by the Holy Spirit through what He led David to write.

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Genesis – Is it the Literal Truth?

If the famous account of Genesis is read as it is written, then we come to the conclusion that the author of this book was trying to tell the reader that in 6 normal, 24-hour days God created all that we see and know – the universe, the solar system, the planet, the water and land, plants and trees, animals and people. There is no doubt that a plain reading of the first couple of chapters of Genesis tells us this.

But, is that actually what happened? Was the author really concerned about the scientific nuances that brought about life and all we see today? Or was he trying to paint an artistic, poetic allusion of a broader principle? What would that broader principle be? For many teachers in the church today, that broader principle is that ultimately God created everything but they allow for the possibility of Him doing this over millions or billions of years. Or they say that He used evolution to bring about the variety of what we see in the world now (theistic evolution).

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