“When the PLAIN sense makes GOOD sense, seek NO OTHER sense.”
Would you read a prescription bottle and not take it LITERALLY? Do you read the morning newspaper LITERALLY? Did you read that job application LITERALLY when you applied for that job?
Do you read a cookbook, the US Constitution, a Map, a history book, love letter (supposing you have received one!), your driver’s license, your family genealogy, legislation, your diary, etc., LITERALLY?
Well, the Bible is a collection of such similar items. Covenants (contracts), historical accounts, future predictions, laws (including civil, domestic, religious and dietary), genealogies, teachings. And, just like any other document, it must be handled IN CONTEXT so that if there are readings utilizing parable, symbolism, etc., the context makes that clear. The ONLY legitimate way to read the Bible is to read it LITERALLY unless the context demands otherwise.
Of course, the main victim of the anti-literal folks is the Book of Revelation. And a main point that they make is to say, “How can you take all of that symbolism LITERALLY?”
The short answer is, “I don’t!” Why? Because the context makes it clear when it is symbolic.
For example, Revelation 12:1 says, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Now, the Roman and Orthodox pull an interpretation out of thin air and say that the woman is “Mary”. They have no Biblical basis for that. It just fits their worship of Mary, so they stick it in there. And this claim that Revelation 12:1 refers to Mary is, obviously, false as we will show in a moment.
Many others who want to “spiritualize” the Bible and never take the literal approach will tell you that Revelation 12:1 refers to “the Church”. Again, they have no Biblical basis for this. It simply fits their agenda to “build the kingdom” (and it just happens to be THEIR denomination that they wish to head up this “Kingdom”) and they call it THE Church. And this claim also is, obviously, false.
So, what does Revelation 12:1 mean?
We should look to the Bible for the meaning of symbols. And so, we find this verse defined by Genesis 37:9 where Joseph says, “…Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.”
In verse 10, Jacob confirms that he is the sun, Rachel is the moon and the sons of Jacob (the twelve tribes) are the stars. He says, “Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?”
Eleven stars represent the OTHER eleven patriarchs whose offspring became known as the tribes of Israel. Joseph would be the twelfth “star”. Israel is represented by stars.
This is confirmed as we see God refer to the seed of Abraham as “stars”, coming from these twelve “stars” over and over in Scripture. You can look up Genesis 15:5, 22:17 and 26:4 to see this before Joseph’s dream. Then you can look up Exodus 32:13, Deuteronomy 1:10, 1 Chronicles 27:23, Nehemiah 9:23 and Hebrews 11:12 to see that Israel is “as the stars” after Joseph’s dream.
The woman in Revelation 12:1 is shown by comparing Scripture with Scripture to be a reference to: ISRAEL.
It’s That Simple
There are things in the Bible hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16). A Book written by God should be expected to be complex in places. But with the help of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14) and a healthy attitude toward God’s word (1 Thessalonians 2:13), you can handle the Bible with care and rightly divide the word of truth with no need of being ashamed in God’s presence (2 Timothy 2:15).
The Bible says we will be “as he is”, referring to our being like Jesus. And the Bible also says we will be “as the angels in heaven”. Good Bible teachers warn of “taking a thing too far” but, being human, some of them do exactly that themselves with this question.
The Bible says:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
It doesn’t say we will be Him. It doesn’t say we will be EXACT duplicates, all looking exactly the same as Him. It simply says that we will be LIKE Him. And comparing Scripture with Scripture, we are told what that means in Philippians 3:21 which says:
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
We will be LIKE Jesus because we will be GLORIFIED.
And I know I sound like I’m mocking, but I don’t care because it is the hard truth. Those who teach that all believers in Heaven will all be 33 year old (Jesus doesn’t look like a 33 year old male NOW, according to Revelation 1:10-16) MALES are, in reality, teaching this:
The Rapture is one massive SEX CHANGE OPERATION wherein better than 50% of all Christians (who happen to be women) will have a SEX CHANGE on their way up to meet Jesus.
Nonsense. Bologna. Baloney. Stupid. Junk it.
Matthew 22:30 is also referenced as it says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
The text SAYS what it means and means what it SAYS. We are “as the angels of God” in that we will not marry (see also Mark 12:25). Nowhere does the text state that we are angel-clones or that we are angels. Angels are always referred to as men (compare Genesis 18:2, 16, 21-22 and Genesis 19:1, and elsewhere as angels are called “men”). But the text doesn’t refer to their sex or appearance thereof, only their not ever being married.
We will change in appearance into something comparable to what we see in Revelation 1:10-16, but we will be known as we are known: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
We will know Paul and we will know Mary, the mother of Jesus, and she will not be a glorified Butch. My grandmother will still be known as Doris. My mother will still be known as Norma. Although we ALL will have a new name given to us, we will all still be known as (new name) who is (present name):
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? “ (1 John 5:5)
We will be who we are, but glorified and “as” Jesus is.
The typical “Christian Bookstore” today is a money-making machine owned by a large corporation or denomination. They sell nearly every Satanic bible translation and most of the heretical books being written by apostates and false prophets. But even these materialistic empires have their standards! 
It has been a sore disappointment to see some of the largest chains selling the worst new translations–NIV, the Message, etc. Even when the facts of homosexual involvement and corruption in the NIV translation committee and it’s resulting “bible” became public, the facts were ignored so that the profits could continue to stream in. That is why we weren’t sure what would happen when a “gay study bible ” hit the market.
“Even WE won’t sell THAT!”
Well, the gay study Bible finally arrived. It is written by Ann Nyland who is referred to as a “classical Greek scholar”. That is interesting, since the New Testament is NOT written in classical, but Koine Greek.
Regardless, the sodomites have found someone with credentials to publish a new bible called, “The Source New Testament,” and notes that further deceive the “gay community” into believing that their sin will not be judged by God.
The web site (gayandlesbianbible.com) makes this claim for Nyland’s notes which accompany her translation of the Alexandrian text: “There are no theological notes, solely notes of the word meaning and context, taking into account the latest academic scholarship. ”
And those notes just happen to make it appear as though Christians (and specifically the King James Bible) have been deceiving the world with a mistranslation of references that are made to APPEAR as though God condemns “gays” (sodomites).
As an old preacher that I know says, “If you wanna to go to Hell on that, then I guess you’ll go to Hell on that.”
It’s sad to see sodomites going deeper into deception. We pray for those that we know who are caught up in the “gay lifestyle” and going along with this deception. But Romans 1:26-28 seems to leave little hope for these who may have already been handed over to a “reprobate mind”.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.
Frank Logdson had quite a resume, including a couple of years as pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois. But one thing on that resume that he came to be ashamed of was his involvement with his friend Frank Lockman in the development and translation of the New American Standard Version.
Frank Logsdon was chosen by the publisher to establish feasibility and to help choose translators. Logsdon was in 100% support of the NASB until he learned the facts about the Alexandrian manuscripts.
He was a close friend of Mr. Lockman (publisher of the NASB). After his very charitable announcement to his friend that he must renounce his involvement, his friend would die of a heart attack shortly afterward.
Eventually, Logsdon came to believe the Alexandrian text to be a tool of Satan and the new bibles to be a part of the last days apostasy. A ministry called, “Dial-The-Truth” has posted a message by Frank Logsdon in which he gives his personal testimony about his friendship with Mr. Lockman, his involvement with the NASB and his eventual renouncement of his involvement.
We would encourage you to visit that web site and read the message posted at:
As can be expected in all cases in which a Bible Believer stands up for truth, the Lockman foundation sought to accuse Logsdon of being a liar and to pretend that his renouncement from the NASB was of no consequence.
For that statement and an answer from someone intimately involved with the subject, we refer you to Way of Life’s article on the matter:
Did you know that the new translations come from two main sources? One is called Vaticanus and the other is Sinaiticus. Vaticanus is housed in the Vatican, hence it’s name. Sinaiticus was found in the trash can of a Catholic monastery in the area believed to be near Mt. Sinai, hence it’s name.
As though this fact alone shouldn’t be enough to cause any Bible Believer to reject any new translation coming from these sources, Alexandrian text defenders not only find the Pope’s Bible completely acceptable but they also LIE about the circumstances at the time that Sinaiticus was found.
Taking Out The Trash
If you’re going to defend the Pope’s trash bible, you should at least be willing to deal honestly with the facts surrounding the papal manuscripts used to produce the Pope’s bible. But many Alexandrian defenders lie and deny. They are so embarrassed by the TRUTH that they must either lie or change the subject.
Well, we won’t let them change the subject and we provide the undeniable documentation to PROVE the truth and to REFUTE the Alexandrian lies.
Count Tischendorf’s Damning Testimony
The Sinaiticus manuscript was discovered by a German textual critic and collector named Count Lobegott Friedrich Constantin Von Tischendorf. We will call him Count Tischendorf.
Count Tischendorf says he found what came to be called Codex Sinaitucs in a “basket” filled with old parchment being used to start fires to keep monks warm. Here is his account:
“I perceived in the middle of the great hall a large and wide basket full of old parchments; and the librarian, who was a man of information, told me that two heaps of papers like these mouldered by time, had been already committed to the flames. What was my surprise to find amid this heap of papers a considerable number of sheets of a copy of the Old Testament in Greek, which seemed to me to be one of the most ancient that I had ever seen.”(1)
Shoot the Messenger!
So how do Alexandrian apologists defend their trash can bible? Bentley’s blind rejection of Tischendorf’s account is as follows:
“It seems to me hardly likely to be true. Quite apart from the fact that the forty-three parchments he supposedly rescued from a basket of rubbish are in remarkably good condition, the highly suspicious circumstances under which Tischendorf took the Codex Sinaiticus from the monks in 1859 made him (as we shall see) desparate to prove that the original owners of the manuscript were unfitted to keep it.” (2)
So, the man who discovered Sinaiticus is demonized in order to protect the reputation of the rejected manuscript. And Bentley’s reasoning is ridiculous.
First, the parchments were missing huge numbers of portions. Obviously, these were BURNED. And the fact that the surviving manuscripts were in good condition is not surprising. Go throw a stack of papers in a basket in a dry room and let them lay there for as long as you want and when you go back, they will be in the same condition.
Secondly, it is obvious that the St. Catherine monks didn’t know that what they had in their possession was worth something because it was only AFTER Tischendorf’s visits that they began capitalizing on their worth. Before Tischendorf, they were clueless.
Distort Tischendorf’s Account!
Again, here is what happened:
Tischendorf finds Siniaticus (with the Septuagint and Gnostic counterfeit books) in a basket being used to start fires. The librarian sees this and “rescues” all but a few pages taken by Tischendorf. Upon returning, Tishcendorf is able to get his hands on Sinaiticus when the librarian retrieves it from his own cell.
And Satanic apologists like James White distort the story to make it sound like this:
“His obvious excitement worried the monks, who became less than cooperative in providing further information about manuscripts at the monastery. Years passed by. Tischendorf attempted to find more manuscripts at the monastery in 1853, but to no avail. Six years later he visited yet once again, and this time on the very evening before he was to leave he presented a copy of the Septuagint (which he had published) to the steward. Upon looking at Tischendorf’s gift, the steward remarked that he, too, had a copy of the Septuagint. From the closet in his cell he produced a manuscript, wrapped in a red cloth. The monk had no idea of the treasure he held in his hands, for this was none other than Codex Sinaiticus, which at that time was no less than 1,500 years old!”
Notice that the discerning reader can see what Mr. White is incapable of seeing IN HIS OWN ACCOUNT!
It’s obvious, even in White’s attempt at distortion, that what happened was the TRASH became valuable to the librarian (“steward”) once he saw it’s worth in the response of Tischendorf.
And what White leaves out (in his usual, dishonest manner) is the Tischendorf himself recognized this manuscript as EXACTLY what he was looking for.
Par For The Course
And that’s how it is. Those of us defending the ONLY Bible manuscripts and translations used by TRUE Christians throughout Christian history have grown accustomed to the lies and abuse from the Alexandrian egomaniacs.
If you DARE disagree, you are “unscholarly”. If you DARE reveal the facts about Satan’s Alexandrian manuscripts ans translations, you are called “a liar” or “mean-spirited” or some other meaningless, baseless charge.
And in response, we will pray for their repentance and laugh off their childish and false accusations. At the Judgment, they will lose reward and be ashamed. And none of us KJV-only (as we are called) Bible Believers (as we prefer to be called) will do anything but praise the Lord Jesus Christ for saving us… ALL of us, undeserving sinners.
(1) Tischendorf quoted by James Bentley in, “Secrets of Mount Sinai: The Story of Finding the World’s Oldest Bible–Codex Sinaiticus,” page 86. (c) 1985, James Bentley and Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1986.
(2) Bentley, James. “Secrets of Mount Sinai: The Story of Finding the World’s Oldest Bible–Codex Sinaiticus,” page 86. (c) 1985, James Bentley and Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1986.
Try this for one of the most “interesting” Bible studies you’ll ever have.
Got to www.biblegateway.com and look up these 17 verses using the following directions:
FIRST: Click on “Passage Lookup”.
SECOND: Under “Select Version(s)”, hit the “Lookup passage(s) in multiple versions” link.
THIRD: Under “Select Version(s)” choose BOTH the King James Version and the New International Version.
FINALLY, one at a time, type each of these passages into the “Enter passage(s)” box and hit “Look Up Passage”.
1 John 5:7
Compare what the King James has with what the NIV has. Be sure to read the RED letter print above “Passage Results” after you hit “Look Up Passage” for each one.
After doing this, if you want detailed instructions on how to burn or otherwise destroy Satan’s NIV translation, let me know. I’ve come up with some pretty inventive ideas.
NIV: The Gay Blade
Look up Deuteronomy 23:17 where God forbid Israelite men from becoming Sodomites. That is, if you are reading the King James Bible. BUT in the NIV, the Israelite man or woman is forbidden from becoming a “shrine prostitute”.
So, being “gay” is ok in the NIV. Just don’t pimp yourself out in a shrine!?!?
Please note, the NIV was translated based upon Satan’s Alexandrian text and nearly exclusively on the Pope’s Vaticanus bible. It also included a homosexual who died of AIDS (M. Harold Woudstra) and a lesbian (Virginia Mellenkott) who is unabashedly satanic in her occult/feminist views.
Google these two names for a batch of articles and sites detailing these two sick individuals and their work perverting the NIV.
1 Peter 3:19 (KJV) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; We are frequently asked whether we believe there are animals in Heaven. And one of the most difficult questions for animal lovers is whether our animals will be left behind at the Rapture.
There is no black and white answer either way. There is NO place in Scripture that says we cannot have our pets with us in Heaven, even though the more “mature” among us seem to scoff at the idea. Well, they can scoff all they want but they have no Biblical basis for being dogmatic in their opinion.
So, let’s just lay it out in the open. Here is our opinion on the matter, in light of what Scripture DOES tell us.
Pets In Heaven?
Psalm 50:10-11 (KJV) “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.”
First, there is no reason to believe we won’t have our pets with us when we go to Heaven. The Bible doesn’t say we will take our pets with us, but it doesn’t say we will NOT.
Will there be animals in Heaven? Some will say, “NO.” But wait. Then where do the MILLIONS of HORSES come from when we ride back to earth behind Jesus at His 2nd Coming???
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:14)
Those are NOT Angels because they have never NOT been clean. The reference is to the once-unclean saints now being presented CLEAN by the blood of the lamb (Revelation 1:5). And we all have our own white HORSE, something like the Lone Ranger’s “Silver”!
If there are horses, why not other animals? There are “creatures” in Heaven (PLURAL): stork-like creatures (Zechariah 5:9), living creatures (Revelation 5:13), beasts (Revelation 5:11).
Is It Not Possible With God?
If the Lord allows us and we want our pets, what in the WORLD could keep us from having our pets? Nothing. Is there some reason God would be UNABLE to give us our pets in Heaven? You say, “Yes,” and I’ll say, “BLASPHEMY.”
There is NOTHING too difficult for our God!
Some might say, “Well, I think we will not even worry about our pets.” Maybe, but that makes it sound like we’ll be zombie-like or emotional-less or soul-less type creatures in Heaven, but God is in Heaven and He loves and cares for animals (Exodus 21:33-34, Exodus 34:26, Numbers 3:13, etc.) and He’s packed Heaven with millions of horses and unknown numbers of other “creatures” and we will be LIKE HIM (1 John 3:2).
So, we don’t know for CERTAIN but we can rest assured that God will do what is right and good (Genesis 18:25) and at this point in time, I believe that would include allowing His children to have their PETS with them in Heaven with all the other animals in Heaven.
And ain’t no one, YET, ever proven my belief in this matter wrong!
Case In Point…
My concerns with this actually began before I had pets. I was pastoring in Cincinnati 15 years ago and this poor lady lost her dog. And she said she was grieving and asked for prayer. Then she said that she looked forward to seeing her little dog in Heaven.
At that point, some old codger quipped about “we won’t need pets in Heaven and the Bible never says anything about our pets in Heaven, so we’d better get used to that.”
I said a few things to console the poor lady but had to admit that I hadn’t put much thought into it. Then and over the years since, I’ve become more convinced that it is LIKELY that we will have our pets. And I am sure that there is nothing in God’s Book that says otherwise!
Answering An Objection Since posting this article, originally, we have been asked about Ecclesiastes 3:21 (KJV) which says, “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? ”
In the first place, many commentators believe this verse is emphasizing the reality of, “Who knoweth?” Because of the full context of the passage (read the whole secetion from verse 16 through the end of the chapter in verse 22) and construct of the sentence, Solomon seemed to be throwing the matter into question and not making an emphatic statement about which way the spirit of man and spirit of animals go.
The fact is, at the time of this writing, ALL spirits of men went DOWN into Paradise (Abraham’s bosom) OR Hell. Read Luke 16:19-31 for an account of how this works and consider, in answer to Solomon’s question in Ecclesiastes 3:21 the New Testament revelation that the spirits of men went DOWN before they went UP:
1 Peter 3:19 (KJV) “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; ”
For a more complete study on this, we suggest you follow along with this study in Ephesians 4:7-10 titled, “Jesus In The Lower Parts Of The Earth” by clicking here for Part One and here for Part Two.
But for those who reject this interpretation of the text (IN context), our answer is that we are not even arguing for animals entering the presence of the Lord in the same way believers do according to 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV) “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Animals are not “saved” or “lost”, so when they die they cease to exist. And they will not go to Heaven immediately when they die. But our point is that IN the regeneration after the Millennium, the Bible says that the whole CREATION will be redeemed:
Romans 8:21-22 (KJV) “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
Would that not include our pets? If you say, “No.” We ask, “Why not?”
There is no answer to that question. And if the saved are bodily regenerated (glorified) a little more than 1,007 years BEFORE that final, complete regeneration of Creation, then is there any basis for saying that we could not have our pets with us either during the Marriage Supper or, at least, during the 1,000 year Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ?
You may CHOOSE to believe that there are no pets in Heaven, but that is not based on Scripture as it does not make such a statement. And you may say the same thing about those of us who CHOOSE to blieve that we WILL have our pets in Heaven. And we freely admit that we cannot make a dogmatic, Biblical statement.
But as you are seeing in this article, we have reason to believe that we WILL have our pets with us in Heaven. And you have no reason or Biblical basis to dogmatically claim that we are wrong.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (KJV) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
–Pastor Greg Miller
We would also like to add these comments from fellow Bible teacher, Mike Kahler.
There is plenty of mention of animals during the Millennial reign of Jesus, also. These folks who don’t think there will be animals in heaven must think the animals will be destroyed before we enter into the New Jerusalem. I see Scripture like Isaiah 65:25,
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.”
How about Isaiah 11:6-9,
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
I believe if there are going to be animals around when we’re under the 1000 year reign of King Jesus, why would it end when we’re in eternity with the LORD in the New Jerusalem.
I read the description of the New Jerusalem and see all the precious stones that are the foundations of the city, the 12 pearls that make up the 12 gates, the streets of gold, the crystal clear river that flows from the throne of God, the 12 trees bearing 12 fruits and their leaves, angels, and man, and yet we’re supposed to believe there won’t be any animals! I just don’t get the line of thinking that there will not be animals in heaven. God saved them from the flood and He will save them from the destruction of this old earth and old heaven.
I believe they will be with us in the new earth and new heaven along with everything else God created!
— Brother Mike Kahler
Will we see our pets in Heaven?
I can’t say, absolutely. But what a JOY it is to think of that possibility. And below are photos of some of the family pets the we may see when we get there!
From time to time, we get questions like, “Where was the word of God before English?”, or “Where was the word of God in English before the King James”? And, “The King James has been “revised” a number of times, so which one is correct?”
Well, the answer to the first two questions is listed below, showing the SEVEN foreign languages and SEVEN English Bibles from the pure line of manuscripts. And the answer to the third question is that the “revision” of the KJV was NOTHING like what is called a “revision” in the new versions. The KJV revisions changed spelling, punctuation and small “tweeks” using synonyms to replace a few words, etc. In the 1611 edition, the “s” sometimes looked like the “f”. The word “year” was spelled “yeere”, etc.
The FACT is that the King James Bible (preferably Cambridge edition) that you hold in your hand is virtually IDENTICAL to that which was published in 1611. Those making much about “revisions” are “straining at a gnat” like good Pharisees do, while swallowing the incredible camel-of-a-fact that ALL new versions of the Bible come from the VATICAN.
Don’t get caught up in the lies and distortions. The following two lists show you the line of purified Bibles in English, including SEVEN versions and SEVEN “revisions”.
The Bible went from the original languages into foreign languages and then to English, the SEVENTH language:
The translation from Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek into English was purified SEVEN times:
4. Great Bible (printed by Whitechurch)
6. Bishops’ Bible
7. King James Bible.
The English Bible was purified SEVEN times:
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6)
John 3:1-21 and James 1:1-4, 12-15, 19-21; 2:14-26
Summarization of John 3:1-21
The Christian re-birth is explained in detail in this passage. It is made clear by Jesus that it is not a physical experience, but that it is something that is spiritual. This rebirth is singled out as the absolute requirement for eternal life, and for entrance into the kingdom of God. The rebirth is further explained that it is only by believing in the Son of man being lifted up on the cross that men are saved.
Nicodemus, a religious leader and ruler of the Jews came to talk to Jesus one night. Nicodemus began by addressing Jesus with a title of respect. He recognized that, based on the evidence of the miracles He had done, that Jesus must be a teacher sent from God. Jesus answers this greeting as though a question had been asked. He told Nicodemus that in order for a man to see the kingdom of God, that man must be born again. Nicodemus asks how a man can be born again if he is old. He then begins to reason and asks if a man can enter the womb of his mother a second time and be re-born. Jesus explains that he is not talking about a second physical birth, but a birth that is spiritual. He likens the event to the wind blowing; the effects of the wind can be seen, but the wind itself cannot be seen.
Nicodemus appears to be amazed and asks again how these things can happen. Jesus chides him, reminding him that he ought to know these things since he is a master in Israel. Jesus explains that the Son of man came down from heaven. He explains that the Son of man must be lifted up on a cross, just as the brazen serpent was lifted up by Moses to stay one of the plagues during the Hebrews’ sojourn in the wilderness. Jesus explains that just like those that looked on the brass serpent on the pole back in the wilderness lived, so those that believed on the Son of man would live, and live forever. Jesus then explains why God would do this for mankind. He explains that it is because of God’s love for the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus said that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will possess life eternal (Jn 3:16).
Jesus says that the Son of God did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. He explains also that some will be condemned due to their own unbelief, and their own hatred for the light and love of darkness. Summarization of James 1:1-4, 12-15, 19-21; 2:14-26
James discusses the inevitability and profit of trials and tribulations. He talks about temptation, lust and sin. He also discusses the fact that real faith has real action to go along with it; otherwise, it is a dead faith.
James writes to instruct his Jewish brethren that are scattered abroad. He tells them to be joyful when they have various trials and temptations because the result will be that they will gain patience. James says that patience is necessary for them to be complete and lacking nothing (Jas 1:1-4). James says that those who endure temptation will be blessed with the crown of life that is promised for all those who love the Lord. It is made clear that when any man is tempted it is not God’s fault. Every man is drawn away by his own lust towards sin. Sin has the sure consequence of death (Jas 1:12-15).
James then gives instruction on concrete ways to avoid sin. Readers are told to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (Jas 1:19). The reason the reader is admonished to be slow to wrath is because man’s wrath does not accomplish God’s righteousness. James then says to avoid sinful practices by receiving the word of God with an attitude of meekness (Jas 1:19-21).
The importance of living out the Christian faith is discussed in detail by James in the second chapter of his epistle. James makes it clear that a faith that bears no fruit is dead, and is a false faith. He even gives the sobering fact that the devils believe in God, and tremble because of that belief. So the kind of faith that Christians are to have is depicted as the kind that results in good works. The practical example of being faced with a real physical need for food and clothing is given. James makes it clear the absurdity of simply telling the hungry and cold person “words” that have no action behind them. James concludes this portion by going back to two Old Testament examples of faithful saints: Abraham offering Isaac and Rahab helping the messengers that had been sent to Jericho to spy out the city.
James makes it clear that true faith is one that is alive and active. He states plainly that “as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (Jas 2:26).
Analysis The passages in John and James set forth the hope of eternal life, and the proof of the possession of eternal life. Those who are truly “born again” have a living faith, and do good works because of the change that has happened to them. Those that are in Christ do not do good works in order to be saved; they do good works because they are saved. This doctrine sets true Christian faith apart from every false religion. This does not mean that Christians never experience trials and temptations. The passage in James clarifies the fact that Christians do experience those things, but that the attitude should be one of joyfulness, since we know that there is a positive benefit and blessing that comes out of all that we endure here in this life.
In the third chapter of the gospel of John, we meet Nicodemus, a man with high credentials. He comes to talk with Jesus of Nazareth after he had witnessed some of the miracles that Jesus performed. Jesus explains to Nicodemus that what he needs is to be born again. Nicodemus, not understanding the spiritual nature of what Jesus is talking about, makes some statements about the impossible nature of what Jesus is saying. Jesus explains that it is regeneration by the Holy Spirit, and not a second physical birth. Jesus then preaches the gospel to Nicodemus and says, “whosoever believeth in him [the only begotten Son] should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16). The response of Nicodemus to the gospel is not recorded in the same passage in John. Later, the Bible indicates that Nicodemus did indeed become a Christian, as he stands up to the Pharisee’s in John 7:20, and assists with the burial of Jesus’ body after the crucifixion (Jn 7:50). The sum of the teaching in John 3:1-21 is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ as summarized in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
This requirement of a new birth to gain entry into the kingdom of God is the single qualifying characteristic of the Christian faith. Jesus said without it, no man could enter the kingdom, and there are no exceptions. “God the Holy Spirit, in a supernatural manner…works upon the hearts of men, and they by the operations of the divine Spirit become regenerate men; but without the Spirit they never can be regenerated” (Spurgeon, 1857).
Jesus also explains that it is simply by believing on the only begotten Son of God that this transformation occurs (Jn 3:16). “The change is radical; it gives us new natures, makes us love what we hated and hate what we loved, sets us in a new road; makes our habits different, our thoughts different, makes us different in private, and different in public”(Spurgeon, 1857). This very change of heart enables Christians to live the Christian life. Without the regeneration, the faith is false, dead and without any hope for eternal life in heaven (Barker et al., 2002).
Those who are born again do good works. This is the main point of the teaching in James; those who have faith also have good works. Martin Luther was quoted as saying that men are justified by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone (Barker et al., 2002). Christians are always to examine themselves to be sure that they are in the faith (2 Co 13:5). Those who have been reborn as described in John chapter three truly desire to serve Christ at once. They are filled with the love of Jesus and it spills out into every area of life. No one has to suggest to a newborn Christian that they should help others, that they should give to the poor, that they should visit the sick; they know it because they are taught by the Holy Spirit to love the brethren (I Th 4:9). However, the evidence of many who wear the label of “Christian” appears to be lacking the fruit of the Spirit (Ga 5:22-23). God alone is the judge of men’s hearts. Therefore, each Christian must make sure of our personal relationship with Christ, and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all we can reach.
God tells us why He chose to send His only Son to die for sinners. He did it because of His love (Jn 3:16). This is important for many reasons, but because it is God’s Holy Spirit that indwells born again Christians, it is important to remember that fact. As James describes the sure trials and tribulations that Christians encounter, we can understand that the power and love of God enables us to overcome trials and temptations. We endure all things because we love God. We resist sin and Satan because we love God. We fight the fight of faith because we love God. We love Him because He first loved us (I Jn 4:19). This is a distinguishing mark of Christians, that we willingly come to and love the light, and shun the darkness (Jn 3:21).
James gives instructions for those who practice true religion. He also makes clear distinctions between trials of faith and yielding to temptations as a result of evil desires (Varaughese, et al, 2006). Those sins that result from man’s weakness and faultiness cannot be chargeable to God as He is not the author of sin (Henry, 1996). Trials or tests from God, such as the experience of Abraham and Job, are different from temptations to sin. James gives the advice to be joyful in trials because there is a crown of life waiting for those who endure such trials. In addition, there is the virtue of patience that will be the result of enduring trials. Charles Spurgeon gave an analogy of a weathered man of the sea: “You look at the weather-beaten sailor, the man who is at home on the sea: he has a bronzed face and mahogany-coloured flesh, he looks as tough as heart of oak, and as hardy as if he were made of iron” (Spurgeon, 1883). He explains that the sailor did not get that way in a moment, but through the continual, daily, ongoing battles with the sea and life at sea. The necessity of patience in the Christian life is clear. Contrary to modern day “health and prosperity” teaching, the real Christian life is full of trials but is also full of joy. Christians gain patience with each trial they endure, which makes them better equipped for the next test, as well as better equipped to help other Christians along the way. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).
Each person must face the fact that they are a sinner and are responsible for believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. For those who do, life is wonderful and eternal. Those who do not are under the condemnation of God (Jn 3:18). There are trials and temptations along the way. Christians have the assurance and help of the Holy Spirit of God to help them through every aspect of life that they face here on earth. Christians must examine themselves to be sure that they are not pretending to be Christians. True Christians live the Christian life, and do good works because of their new life in Christ. They are not perfect, but by the power and grace of God Almighty, they endure. Only true believers in Christ have the guarantee of eternal life given in John 3:16.
True believers in Christ are the only light and salt of this dark world. Because true Christians do works that are “good”, and do them expecting nothing in return, they are the group of people that really help others. Most importantly, true believers also have a strong desire and commitment to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, so that they too can have eternal life.
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