We worship The Word of God, “His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:3) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” (John 1:1,14). The Word of God is not paper and ink, but Jesus Christ. The Word of God is not a mere book, but the content of the Bible, holy, living, enduring, true.
How much does God care about His Word? “Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name.” (Psalm 138:2)
The True God wants us to find Him; to know Him. He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His creation, so we will seek Him, then through His Word, so we will know Him. What good would it do if God revealed to us His Word, but then it later became impossible for anyone to find?
The true Word of God has always been there for the finding. If you seek, you will find. Jesus confirmed that the scriptures had been preserved by the Jews. This is the same Old Testament that we use today.
When Erasmus looked for the New Testament, he found it. He also found that those who were blessed to have scriptures through the centuries, almost exclusively, had the true version. The false versions had been largely rejected and discarded.
There were some places and people, who cared little for the integrity of the scriptures, that had the rare, unique, corrupted variants. Not only are those texts distinct from the consensus of the majority texts, they also disagree with each other. Oddly, there are some (non-believers) who collected the minority texts and asserted that they were better than the vast majority that agreed with each other. The one reason they give to defend such a position is that those manuscripts are older. There are two problems with that explanation. One, they are not older. Two, Satan was providing corrupt copies of the scriptures even while the apostles were still here to correct them. That is why the Bible itself contains corrections to false teachings that were being spread. So, even if they were older, that would not mean they are better.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
In order for us to live by every word, then those words would need to be preserved. In the above verse of scripture, the Greek word here translated “it is written” is used scores of times in this same form in the New Testament in reference to the Old Testament. The form, or tense, that is used could never be used in reference to something that a person wrote down for their own reference, then forgot where they left the parchment. The writing that is referenced here was written in the past but has carried forward to the present moment when it is referenced – it has been preserved.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 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.
In the above passage, the mention of the law and the prophets is another way of saying “the Old Testament.” Jesus is the Word of God, so the Scripture is His Words. So, the following verse is saying that the Bible will be preserved. This includes both the Old Testament, and also the New Testament that He was in the process of establishing.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mark 16:15, 19-20
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them,] and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him;]
4 God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
1 Peter 1:23-25
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 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:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
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.
For more information regarding the reliability of the biblical texts, our favourite book on the subject is “Which Version is the Bible” by Floyd Nolen Jones.
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