Recently I decided to study up on what God says about His word in the Bible. This study changed my life, as I fell in love with God’s word as never before! Did you know that God esteems His words more highly than His name? And He promises to perfectly preserve these words for us? And that heaven and earth shall pass away but His words will last forever?
This is an important study in a world of Bible scholars claiming that only the original Hebrew and Greek contain the infallible, inspired words of God. Christians need to realize that there is no longer any original Hebrew and Greek…even in Bible days God’s people were relying on copies of scriptures. Does that make God’s words any less inspired, or do His promises to perfectly preserve those inspired words mean anything to us in modern times? If God and His words are our final authority, then this study is of paramount importance.
Here are my favorite scriptures on this subject, and I’m constantly adding to the list. Feel free to add more in comments! A study such as this truly humbles one…to think that God provided such a precious treasure trove for His people, common everyday mankind. A bridge across the great divide, to span thousands of years to eternity.
John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
2 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
2 Timothy 3:16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
John 17:8, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”
Jeremiah 15:16, ” Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
Job 23:12, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
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.”
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 oh Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
Prov. 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Psalm 119:89, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
Matthew 5:18, “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.”
Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Psalm 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
1 Cor. 10:11, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
1 Thess. 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Romans 10: 16-17, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Psalm 19:7-14, but verse 7-8 is all I’ll share here, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
Proverbs 22:20-21, “Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?”
Warnings for the Christian…to gird up for battle, be on the alert.
Eph. 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”…this one tells us that the sword of the spirit for the armed Christian is the word of God! How better for Satan to cripple the church today, than to attack the one offensive weapon named to the Christian–God’s word. Do you have God’s word? How can you know? Keep reading.
1 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
“Rightly dividing the word of truth”. How much reliance and faith do you have in modern translations/translators rightly dividing the word of truth? Which Greek and Hebrew are they using? There are many and they are not all equal.
We are warned 3 times (that I’m aware of, maybe more) in scripture not to add to or subtract from the scriptures:
Rev. 22:18-19, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”Deuteronomy 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”Proverbs 30:6, “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Yet another red flag for the Bible believer:
2 Cor. 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”
Are there corrupt Bible versions out there today? Most certainly. Sadly most of us don’t know our Bibles forwards and backwards enough to recognize that key doctrines of the Christian faith are fading from modern translations. Be on the alert, beloved! Please do your homework on this subject.
“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump…” Galations 5:9, 1 Corinthians 5:6.
One last parting scripture,
2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
The study of the “word” of God is a very enlightening one! Count the cost!