The King James Bible is alive
Will the Real Bible Please Stand Up
In 1956 there was a game show that started that was called, To Tell the Truth. Three people would come out and claim to be one person. One of the three was the actual person. The four celebrities was supposed to guess by the host reading some information about the person, who the real person was. The rules for the three contestants were simple, if you were the real person you had to tell the truth. But if you were not the real person you had to lie with the intent to get everyone to believe that you were the real person. The incentive was the more people you fooled the more money you made. Deception was rewarded. After a certain amount of questions the celebrities would vote as to who they thought the real person was. Then the host would say, will the real person please stand up. The three people would be shown and each one would stand up and then sit back down if they were the real person. Finally the real person would stand up and many people would be shocked, because the other people were good liars. To Tell the Truth became a huge success and ran for 25 years which is more than any other game show in the history of television. People loved the show because they liked trying to figure out who was telling the truth and who was lying.
Since the late 1800’s we have a scenario playing out in our churches with people trying to figure out which Bible is the truth, if any. The NIV looks the part and they have learned how to answer questions to where they can fool many people. The NASB can do the same thing claiming to be a faithful translation, and it’s also called the Bible. The NKJV claims to be the same old KJV Bible with just a few changes, and guess what it is also called the Bible. Then there is the KJV which just sits there wearing the same old language it has had for the last four hundred years, it talks kind of funny, and it seems a bit eccentric but it’s not trying to deceive anyone as it in fact really believes it is the word of God. However on the game show, To Tell the Truth, as people were trying to guess who the real person was, when it came to a conclusion all three people cannot stand up because there is only one. They all claim to be the real person but only one can possibly be the right one.
The same can be said about Bible versions. They can’t all be the Bible because there not the same. There are differences so when it comes time for the real Bible to stand up they cannot all stand up, but they can all claim to have the name Bible. The more that people ask questions about the King James Bible the more they can become convinced where the true Bible can be found in the English language. Why would anyone chose the King James Bible over another version? Here are a few reasons why we can be one hundred percent sure that the King James Bible is the word of God.
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” In order to understand exactly what is being said in this verse we have to first determine what it is referring to. The Bible tells us when it says “by the word of God” that it is referring to the Bible because the word of God is another name for the Bible. The Bible also tells us in this verse that it is incorruptible which means immortal. It is also described by the word “liveth” which means it was alive when these words were written, it also means that it is still alive because the word “liveth” is in the present tense. If the Bible is alive as it says it is then the million dollar question has always been, where is it? It has to be someplace. Those who criticize the King James Bible will say that it is in heaven, that there is no perfect Bible on earth but only in the original languages which are gone. The only perfect Bible they say is in heaven. There is a huge problem with this type of thinking because if there is no living Bible on earth how can people still get saved? This verse tells us that we get saved by coming into contact with the incorruptible seed or the word of God. Peter tells us in this verse not only that the Bible is still alive but it is still producing results that are referred to as “being born again”. If a person has to come into contact with the word of God in order to get saved, then how does a person get saved if the Bible is up in heaven because they can’t get into contact with it? If it is still possible for people to be born again, and it is, then where is that word of God that produces the born again salvation?
1 Corinthians 14:21 (KJV) “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.” This verse is telling us that God will speak to other people through other tongues. This is not limiting Himself just to the Hebrew in the Old Testament or limiting Himself to just the Greek in the New Testament. He says “With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people.” God tells us in this verse that He would take His Word and put it in other tongues, notice tongues is plural. Some think that just like God limited Himself to Hebrew in the Old Testament and limited Himself to Greek in the New Testament that God has also limited Himself to just an English translation of the King James Bible. That is not true as the verse says God will speak to His people in other tongues and other lips. This verse puts God’s stamp of approval on translating the Bible into other languages.
Acts 2:4 (KJV) “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Spirit was in charge of these languages being spoken. Acts 2:5-6 (KJV) “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.” There were people here from every nation and the people heard the word of God in their own individual language. Acts 2:7-11 (KJV) “And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” This passage reinforces the fact that God planned to spread His word in a variety of different languages. God did not limit His word to just Greek or Hebrew but He chose to have it divinely translated, word for word, into the languages that are represented by each of the countries that he mentions here. Why would God want to translate His word into other languages? Because it is alive and when His living words come into contact with a lost person who is willing to be saved the result of the living word is then brought forth in a born again experience.
How is it that the words of the Bible can be alive? John 6:63 (KJV) “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The word quickeneth is pointing to the born again salvation experience. Who is it that saves a person? The Bible tells us in this verse it is the Holy Spirit. There is nothing that we can do to bring about a salvation experience, the flesh profiteth nothing. Notice that the “words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” This verse tells us two important things about how a person gets saved. First, it is the Holy Spirit that saves a person, “it is the spirit that quickeneth.” Secondly, it is that the word of God or the Bible is alive because the words in the Bible are the spirit. John did not say that the word of God was spiritual, He said the word of God was spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s word. When brought into contact with a lost person who is willing to be saved the word of God reproduces itself and brings about that salvation experience and produces the indwelling Holy Spirit inside of us. Acts 7:38 (KJV) “This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.” Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.” Only that which is alive can reproduce that which is living. When a Christian reads the Bible they are not just reading what God said they are allowing God Himself to speak directly to them through the Holy Spirit. The reason the Bible has the ability to not only convict us but it also has the ability to change us is because these words according to the Bible are Spirit and they are life.
The Bible is a supernatural book not only because of how it came into existence, it is supernatural because of what it is right now. According to the Bible itself it is alive.