Leave the word alone and let it stand on its own

translationWe can learn so much from the Scriptures when we leave the word alone. I understand why we may find it necessary, sometimes, to rephrase the Scriptures to understand it better; however, so often we lose the most important elements. We would do better, I believe, to let the Father’s inspired word stand on its own and adjust our understanding to it, rather than adjust the word to fit our understanding.

Consider this example that a friend posted today:

Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose. (Romans 8:28, CJB)

Check out the same Scripture from the Concordant Literal New Testament:

Now WE ARE AWARE that God IS WORKING THE ALL together for the good of those who ARE LOVING God, who are called according to THE purpose. (emphasis mine)

I ask you, how does “Now we are aware” become, “Furthermore“? How does, “God is working the all” become “God causes everything“? What’s the difference between, “those who love,” and “those who are loving,” or “His purpose” and “THE purpose“?

Rather than answer the above questions, let me pose these: When you and I read, “Now we are aware,” do our brains wonder, “Am I aware, and if not, why not, and how may I become more so?” I would suggest that no such curiosity is raised when we read, “Furthermore.” When we read, “God causes everything,” does it sound like He set it all up and left us on our own to deal with it; versus the present-time action in, “God is working the all.”?

These questions and others are ones to which answers are worth seeking, I believe, because, “the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you…” (1 Chronicles 28:9, ESV)

Reading the word is enjoyable, certainly, but there’s more at stake:

Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

I would invite you — or challenge, if you prefer — to search the Scriptures beyond the Bible you’re used to, and let the Father’s Spirit reveal differences in versions of the Scriptures as you investigate. I pray that you may come to a greater understanding of His word, its importance to you, and that your study may deepen your relationship to Him.

Here are a couple of places to begin an investigation:

Blessings and joy ion the journey.

Published by Scripture Doc

Author of GO GOD - Jump On Or Hang On, 'Cause God's Gonna Win!, and a REVENOUS student of the scriptures since 1972, it became clear to me that the original language translations (from Greek and Hebrew) didn't square with the English versions in significant ways...so significant, in fact, that people were once considered heretics for investigating what the original manuscripts REALLY said. The "heretic" label persists in some Christian circles today, when one's perspective calls traditional doctrines into question. Someone once said, "The odds of someone being right is directly proportionate to the number of people trying to prove him or her wrong." Since 1972, the operating principles that ultimately birthed the ScriptureDoc project are these: 1. The word of God was written for regular people, not just theologians...it has to make sense. For that matter God Himself must make sense, otherwise how can we know Him, and what benefit would there be in knowing Him? 2. When the word of God (or God Himself) doesn't make sense, it is our understanding that is lacking, not His word. We need to investigate, educate, expand, and adjust our knowledge, perception, and understanding. 3. The goal is to, "Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) 4. Last one: "All scripture is inspired by God, and is beneficial for teaching, for exposure, for correction, for discipline in righteousness, that the man [or woman] of God may be equipped, fitted out for every good act." (2 Timothy 3:15-16) 5) OK, one more: "Request and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who is requesting is obtaining, and who is seeking is finding, and to him who is knocking it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8) So . . .here's a forum where we look into what the word of God REALLY says, and what it REALLY means. IF you;re happy with what you've learned about God to date, this probably isn't for you; however, if you're open to what may be an alarmingly fresh perspective, jump on in. Join the live study (or by recording), called "Light Up The Scriptures" every Tuesday night at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Email me back for call-in details. Check out the book, "GO GOD! Jump On Or Hang On, 'Cause God's Gonna Win!" at www.Victory-Publishers.com

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