All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 TIM 3:16-17
Does anyone who is a serious Christian really claim that they don’t trust the words in the Bible that they hold in their hands? The fancy technical word for this trust is plenary, verbal inspiration. The word plenary means “complete or full,” and verbal means “the very words of Scripture.” So plenary, verbal inspiration is the view that every single word in the Bible is the very word chosen of God. It’s not just the ideas or thoughts are inspired, but the words themselves. Many SAY they believe this, but their actions don’t reveal this logically.
Today, we have Bibles that are translated word for word (Formal Equivalence) or thought for thought (Dynamic equivalence). The most popular bibles that are translated by dynamic equivalence, either partly or fully, are The Message, the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), and the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The point of using this translation method is to make the Bible easier to understand in the modern age, yet, is that how God wants His word represented?
How would you feel if someone took the very words you said and reinterpreted them into their own words? I believe God meant for us to get as close to His original words as possible and attempt to make that point in this sermon which reveals that God gave words to Jeremiah to write down as scripture and not just His thoughts. Not only that, but, men recognized the words that Jeremiah wrote down as scripture almost immediately! Perhaps these modern versions can help someone as a commentary, giving different people’s opinions of what the words mean, but if they dilute what God has said, can they be considered Bibles?
This 35 minute sermon makes all of this very clear:
In this next sermon, I deal with the fact that , when God gets His words written down, it is almost inevitable that the Devil will seek to hide, destroy, or even change His Words as time goes on. In the second half of Jeremiah 36, Jeremiah has the words that God told Him to write down destroyed almost immediately and then God gives him the exact same words to write down again before copy and paste was a thing.
Satan hasn’t stopped attempting to hide, destroy, or change God’s Word. Today, modern translators are cutting whole verses and casting doubt on several passages based on a small number of older, Greek manuscripts! They claim they are trying to purify the Word of God by eliminating what they believe was added to it over the centuries, but does that sound like the God of Jeremiah who made certain His Words would reach each generation? This is the reason many Word-for Word Bible translations today are different. They are based on two different versions of the Greek New Testament:
- One that reflect the modern bias of eliminating text based on a few older manuscripts
- one based on the majority of manuscript evidence over time that our forefathers trusted as God’s Word
If we have two differing versions, which one should we trust as the Word of God?
In this 40 minute sermon, I explain how the English Bible came down to us today and why modern word for word translations, such as the English Standard Version (ESV) and the New American Standard Bible (NASB), literally cut entire verses or cast doubt on important passages that have been in the text for centuries before today!
My prayer is that these two sermons from Jeremiah 36 will help others realize that they can trust the Bible and that God will not let His Words pass away. He has even placed within His Word several promises that He will not ever let it fade away:
Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
To God be the Glory,
Pastor Scott Ingram