Greater than the name of God
I love the old song that goes, “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life. Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.” Words are such powerful things, the receptacle of all knowledge, the frame of all thought. So fundamental are words that God the Father calls God the Son “The Word of God.”
Read these wonderful words from that book called the word of God. They will give you holy goose bumps. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10). God certainly holds the name of Jesus high; that is why you are forbidden to take it in vain. But there is something God holds even higher that that precious name: “for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2). Even that name is second to the book of words that God gave to his people—the book that I read every day and have spent my life studying from cover to cover, reading every word many times, counting the words, researching their meanings in English, Greek, and Hebrew. Little children bring copies of the word of God to church on Sunday and, holding it up in the air, sing “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me; I stand alone on the word of God, the B-I-B-L-E,” and then thrusting the old book as high as they can, they shout “BIBLE!”
My children were raised on the word of God/holy Scriptures/King James Bible. It saved them from sin, kept them pure, and prevented them from falling for the lies of evolution, psychology, and pop culture. They are now raising their children on the words of God.
That book (the Word of God) “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 Peter 1:21). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
God wrote his precious book through means of prophets, commanding them to write down what he said and distribute the words to the people.
God spoke words and com-manded his prophets to write them down and distribute them. “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” (Habakkuk 2:2). God wanted the words written so boldly that a jogger could read them as he passed by.
The book of Revelation alone records twelve times that God commanded John to write in a book the words of God. “Write: for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5). Not just the ideas, but the individual words are true. In Rev. 19:9 God says to John, “Write…These words are the true sayings of God.”
The individual words are important because “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein…” (Revelation 1:3).
The God who first gave the words to his servants promised to preserve them so future generations could read them. “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). Some unbelievers have challenged, “But God didn’t mean that he would preserve the individual words; he just meant he would preserve the ideas.” Ideas are contained in words alone. Different words convey different ideas; to change a single word would be to change the idea being expressed. But Jesus promised that not so much as a mark the size of a single quotation mark would pass from his book. “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 5:18).
While the Apostle Paul was still alive, before all of the books had been written, he warned that there were men in the church already at work to change the words of God’s book. “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” (2 Corinthians 2:17). These early Bible critics were “handling the word of God deceitfully” (2 Corinthians 4:2).
In A.D. 95 God commended the church of Philadelphia, “…for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8). Where others were allowing the word of God to fall into corruption, that particular church was keeping his word—preserving it intact.
Down through the ages there have been countless attempts by the Devil to corrupt the word of God. I can point to over 200 English corruptions that are the Devil’s products. Some of the foreign language translations are also corrupted by Satan, whereas some are the words of God in their language, to their culture. We English speaking people have the words of God preserved for us in the Authorized Version, the King James Bible.
So you can expect to see me with the little children, still believing as little children do, holding up a King James Bible and singing, “Yes, that’s the book for me.”
I have read most of the books available on this subject. I took Greek in college and use it almost daily. I have read the Greek and Hebrew Lexicons and word studies. I have read the early church fathers, who more resemble church babies in most cases. I just finished reading another church history book this week. At 61 years old I am still spending more hours studying every week than most of you spend working. There is an amazing amount of ignorance throughout the church on this vast subject. Space in this little magazine does not allow me to address the full myriad of arguments you see on it, though I assure you that there is no point on which I am not intimately familiar.
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