Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 2

Proverb 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

God’s Word Attacked

Sadly, the modern translations of the Bible mostly use the Westcott and Hort New Testament Greek text, and it is in these versions that the Scriptures have been corrupted where portions of text are left out, certain words that have doctrinal implications are dropped and the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is diminished or out-rightly blasphemed. What also causes great concern is that this creates a situation where doubt is created in the minds of the readers as to what is the actual reading as “truth” and this is further advocated when footnotes that question the veracity of which Scriptures are to be included and which are not to be included in the main body of Bible text. This also causes uncertainty as to what God Almighty is actually saying. When contentions exist, the Word of God can be “attacked” as not being infallible, inerrant and preserved which then brings about mocking from the unbelieving heathen world that God Almighty’s Word is not Divinely inspired. The other issue that is so prevalent within the assembly of believers is that when the Scriptures are read from the Bible, mostly all are reading from different versions which can lead to no cohesion in reading the Word and following the same, with much “teachings” as to which “words” should be in the Bible and which is a better translation of the words. This causes confusion and God Almighty is not a God of confusion, as we read:

1 Corinthians 14:33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Here in an article in pdf format that is titled: “Serious Omissions in the NIV Bible by Keith Piper; which deals with not only the New International Version (NIV) that has been corrupted, but this document also shows the flaws within the other modern versions, including the ‘New American Standard Version,’ the ‘Good News for Modern Man,’ the ‘Living Bible,’ the ‘Revised Version’ of 1881 and the ‘NKJV.’ The document is worth reading all 138 pages to gain a better understanding why there has to be a defence for the King James Bible and to steer away from the satanic influences of corrupting God’s Holy Word. The old adage of, “If you don’t stand for Truth, you will stand for anything” rings loud and true.

Publishers

We can also see that the enemy – Satan the devil – wants nothing more than to have a corrupted version of God’s Holy Word in circulation that teaches half-truth deceptions and lies! Our Lord Jesus Christ warns that the religious order of the day belonged to their “father the devil … for he is a liar, and the father of it” as we read:

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

It is very important to know that publishers and their publishing houses together with academics on the translating committees play a very significant role in distributing these modern-day perversions that flood the market place and the churches of today. Look at the history surrounding two of the largest “Christian Literature” printing houses Zondervan and Thomas Nelson that have been bought out and become subsidiaries of HarperCollins, which in turn is controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. You will see from the two articles hereunder that it is shameful, wicked and evil, the material that this media conglomerate produces in homosexual, pornographic and satanic literature together with these pervert editions of the bible. If you are purchasing and supporting these media groupings, which also include a whole host of supposedly christian literature by men and women preaching another gospel (see Galatians 1:6-9), then you are aligned with their devilish practices. We are given principals by way of commandments that we should abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess 5:22), hold fast that which is good (1 Thess 5:21), and to walk in the light and not in darkness (see Eph 5:8). This is an earnest plea to my beloved brethren to examine all things and get back to walking the narrow way, not deviating to the right or left. Besides these two articles hereunder there is also a podcast that I encourage you to listen to that deals with these very issues.

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Contending For TruthThe NIV, the Satanic Bible and Homosexual Translators
July 29th, 2007 by Dr. Scott Johnson

http://www.chick.com/bc/2005/word.asp

In this teaching we will be taking an eye opening look at the NIV bible: ‘In 1988, Zondervan became a division of HarperCollins’ If you visit online at Harpercollins.com, you will find some very evil books for sale that are published by this company like PRO-HOMOSEXUAL titles. And amidst these evil books, we find the following advertisement from this same publishing company: ‘The foregoing is excerpted from ‘Satanic Bible’ by Anton La Vey. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022′. Notice that HarperCollins not only publishes homosexual books, they publish the ‘Satanic Bible.’ Zondervan is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. He is one of the biggest producers of worldwide pornography on the planet. And his company, Zondervan, holds the exclusive distribution rights to the NIV. This conglomerate also publishes ‘Good News for Modern Man’ and ‘The Amplified Version.’ We will also be looking at NIV Stylist, rabid lesbian, new ager and author of ‘OmniGender: A Trans-Religious Approach’ Virginia Mollenkott and THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NIV’S OLD TESTAMENT TRANSLATION COMMITTEE, Dr. Marten H. Woudstra, also a homosexual. We will then examine the two distinct streams of Bibles that have resulted in all the translations available today: One Stream Pure one Stream Corrupt.

Click Here to Play the Audio for this Teaching

PDF: NIV

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GleaningsChristianity Today 

HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market

Where will Thomas Nelson fit in Murdoch’s empire, which already includes Zondervan?

by Ted Olsen [ posted 10/31/2011 02:38PM ]

HarperCollins Publishers today announced it was buying Christian/inspirational publisher Thomas Nelson "for an undisclosed sum." It’s a huge move since the company will now reportedly control about half of the Christian publishing market.

The question now is how the acquisition will play with Zondervan, Thomas Nelson’s chief competition. HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, acquired Zondervan in 1988. (It also owns religion and spirituality imprint HarperOne.) Thomas Nelson says it is reportedly the largest Christian publisher in the world and the seventh largest trade-book publisher in the United States. Zondervan says it is the world’s leading Bible publisher.

In 2009, then-Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt reported that his publisher and Zondervan control half of the Christian publishing market – a percentage that had held relatively steady over the previous few years.

It’s been a long road for Thomas Nelson, which was founded in Edinburgh in 1798 and gained religious prominence in the U.S. through the publication of the American Standard Version and Revised Standard Version of the Bible. In 1960, it merged with The Thomson Organization (which later merged with Reuters), but was bought out by eager Lebanese-American Bible publisher Sam Moore in 1969. Moore ran the company until Hyatt succeeded him in 2004.

By then Thomas Nelson had gotten into and out of the music business, swallowing Christian publishing powerhouse Word, Inc. in the early 1990s. In 2006, the company, which had been publicly traded since Moore’s Royal Publishers was first listed on the exchange in 1961, was bought for $473 million and began operating as a private company. Private equity firm Kohlberg and Company acquired a majority ownership last year, and put former HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Jane Friedman on its board.

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As can be seen HarperCollins which now has Zondervan and Thomas Nelson under its umbrella controls, as reported in Christianity Today, 50% of the Christian publishing market. This deals with one of the “best selling” bible versions, the perverted NIV, and others, and is also being sold alongside homosexual, pornographic and Satanic Bible products.

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Pervert Translations and Publishers ~ Part 1

Proverb 18:13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

pervert v. /per-vert/ 1 alter from an original meaning or state to a distortion of what was first intended. 2 lead away from what is right, natural, or acceptable.

© South African Pocket Oxford Dictionary, 3rd Edition 2002

Inspiration and Preservation

This blog treatise over five parts will look at the issues that surround the publication of the Bible into hundreds of translation versions in the English tongue. This is the real issue that needs to be addressed here. Countless written thesis papers, website postings, commentaries and debates with counter-debates have been engaged in to determine which English translation is the best “version” from the “original” Hebrew (some Aramaic) and Greek texts and which of the manuscripts are more authentic and reliable than the other – earlier ones opposed to latter ones, and vice versa? From Scripture we know that God Almighty who created the Heavens and the Earth, Who is all powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient) and all present (omnipresent) would not only inspire His Word, but would also preserve His Word. You cannot have the inspiration of God’s Word without the preservation of God’s Word, for it would not make sense why God Almighty would inspire His Word, but not preserve His Word. And if He did not preserve His Word it would not matter whether He inspired His Word or not! It is not only an issue of whether God Almighty inspired and preserved His Word, but also whether the Judeo-Christians who read His Word do believe as their Statements of Faith or chosen Confessionary Statements declare that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. You either believe that with your full conviction or you must abandon the same. One cannot be a fence-sitter to suit one’s own position to fit with one’s dogma or man-made traditions and customs or your worldview. So what is your position? Did God Almighty give us an infallible, inerrant, inspired and preserved Word in an English Holy Bible? Or not?

If God Almighty did, then which English version is it? And enough from all the academics and theologians who think they can argue their point of view instead of listening to the teaching and revelation of the indwelling Holy Spirit. How can two Christians debate about which “Bible” is the correct Bible and think that the Holy Spirit is not grieved by the senseless debates by men trying to win the argument through academia! If this is the case, then the professing believers need to take a hard look at where they stand on the Word of God. It should also be noted that the Holy Spirit is gentle and not argumentative between two who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you of the opinion that Christ is divided?

I have just recently watched a debate on LIVE@NINE between Dr James White (Alpha & Omega Ministries and author of The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust Modern Translations?) and Mr Jack Moorman (one who is pro King James Bible and an author), who debated extensively from the learned position of which Hebrew and Greek manuscript texts were used and should the King James Bible be the English standard or should the more modern versions also be used. I will make my position known upfront that I read, study, meditate and preach as an evangelist from the King James Bible, and I truly believe that the same IS the English version that has been inspired and preserved by God Almighty as the very Word of God to the English speaker and reader. This is my conviction and belief, trusting God Almighty at His Word. If this is not the case then the protesting reformers and translators who brought the Word of God to the common man, who staked  their lives on the line to stand against the Roman Catholic church was all in vain, and they lost their lives in futility. If that is the case, then it can be reasoned that from 1611 until 1881 when the Revised Version of the Authorised Version of the King James Bible was “updated”, it left all the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ with a “counterfeit” English translation for 270 years. If contentions are made that the text used was not the correct one, or that it is Old Elizabethan English with archaic words which cannot be understood in this age (in fact that Old English was most probably the purist form of English compared to what is dished up in society today), etc, then there was no Word of God for that duration of time, and generations of believers could not be obedient to all of God’s Word. If that is the reasoning and case, then God Almighty could never hold English speaking protestants accountable of knowing His Word, for He did not preserve His inspired Word for about three hundred years, and the so-called “latter 20th century better translations” would only bring about the ‘preserved’ Word of God that should be accepted by modern man and the masses at a later time! You see the profundity of this reasoning? Well it seems, that much-learned theologians don’t seem to deal with the real issues – maybe it’s a pride issue to deal with such meaningless matters as these.

If God Almighty has not given us all His Word then it is tantamount to saying we don’t have to keep and obey His Word for we do not have a full counsel of His Word. If words change or are added to or are diminished from the Scriptures, then doctrines do change and the deity of Christ Jesus has been blasphemed. Here are some very important Scriptures that confirm that God Almighty had to give us an inspired, preserved, infallible, inerrant, full counsel of His Word or else the following Scriptures are not True:

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.

Psalm 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:7  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalm 119:89  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Proverb 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverb 30:6  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Isaiah 40:8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

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.

Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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:
2 Timothy 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Revelation 22:18  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:
Revelation 22:19  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.

If you trust these words, then you agree that God Almighty has inspired and preserved all His Words for every generation, and in this case, in the English language, and therefore you should also question why would God Almighty have other English translations that add to and diminish from His Word, even altering doctrine?

What we fail to hear often in “live debates” is the addressing of the new Greek translations that were done by heretics such as Messrs Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892). These men denied God and became themselves judges of God’s Word through their eclectic textual criticism NT Greek text as can be seen from the following extensive quote from “Modern Bible Versions, and Westcott and Hort” by pastor Tobin Pederson (you can read the full 5 page pdf document Here. You can also read “Chapter 8: Westcott and Hort” from “Gipp’s Understandable History of the Bible” © 1987 by Samuel C. Gipp):

The Men Who Made Themselves Judges

And what do we know about these men who made themselves the judges over God’s holy Word? Much has been written about them, but also their own recorded words shed light on their beliefs. The following is information taken from two sources, G.A. Riplinger’s New Age Bible Versions, and Mr. Joseph Van Beek’s tract, KJV vs NIV.

“In 1841 an old manuscript (Codex Vaticanus) was discovered lying on a shelf in the Vatican library. In 1844 part of another old manuscript (Codex Sinaiticus) was found in a wastebasket in St. Catherines’s monastery (the other part was found in 1859). It is generally believed that these were from the 50 that Eusebius prepared for Constantine. In 1853 these two Cambridge professors, Westcott and Hort, began to prepare a Greek Text based primarily on the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus manuscripts. They passed by the Traditional Text (Textus Receptus) which was the text upon which the King James Version is based. Instead they used the corrupted manuscripts of the Gnosticism-Origen-Eusebius-Jerome-Augustine lineage.” (Joseph Van Beek‘s tract: KJV vs NIV, pgs 5 & 6)

As to the personal beliefs of Westcot and Hort: 1) They never claimed or testified that the Bible was verbally inspired or inerrant. 2) They denied the Genesis account of creation and questioned whether Eden ever existed……Instead they praised Darwin’s 1859 theory of evolution. 3) Hort wrote, “The popular doctrine of substitution is an immoral and material counterfeit. Certainly nothing could be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ’s bearing our sins and sufferings to his death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy.” 4) Hort wrote, “I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and Jesus worship have very much in common in their causes and their results.” Westcott found a statue of Mary and a crucified Christ in a remote chapel and wrote, “Had I been alone, I could have knelt there for hours.”

Please note that neither Westcott nor Hort believed that the Bible was God’s Word. Hort did not believe in the complete blood atonement of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, calling such doctrine “heresy”. Both found nothing wrong with the worship of Mary.

The following are quotes of Westcott and Hort, found in Riplinger’s book.

Westcott – “I reject the word infallibility of Holy Scriptures overwhelmingly.” Riplinger, pg 622

Hort – “Evangelicals seem to me perverted . . . There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, especially the authority of the Bible.” Riplinger, pg 621

Hort – “[T]his may be cowardice – I have sort of a craving that our text should be cast upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with suspicion. I mean, a text issued by men who are already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy will have great difficulty in finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach and whence it would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms. (Hort’s letter to Westcott regarding their writing other things.)” Riplinger, pg 623

Westcott – “I shall aim at what is transcendental in many peoples eyes . . . I suppose I am a communist by nature.” Riplinger, pg 624

Westcott – “our Bible as well as our Faith is a mere compromise.” Riplinger, pg 625

Westcott and Hort were spiritualists. They sought out contact with the spiritual world (talking with the dead, etc.). Riplinger speaks much on this subject and also aligns them with the New Age movement. They started the “Ghostly Guild” in 1851 and before that the “Hermes Club” in 1845. Riplinger links the spiritualist teachings of Westcott and Hort to the occult teachings of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky who wrote the Lucifer magazine. Westcott, Hort, and Blavatsky are all forerunners of the modern day New Age movement which aims at one world religion.

The question that should be raised is: Why do the Bible scholars and theologians when debating the merits of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts never really deal with the Westcott-Hort issues? No mention is made of these men and their New Testament Greek text! Why?

Here is a pdf document worth studying titled:

INSPIRED PRESERVATION – A STUDY OF THE INSEPARABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BIBLICAL INSPIRATION AND PRESERVATION BY JESSE M. BOYD.

Here is also a diagram showing where the two lines of manuscripts come from: the Antioch line and the Alexandria line.

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New World Order Bible Versions

Cornerstone vs. Capstone

all_seeing_eyeBefore watching the video please consider the difference between cornerstone and capstone as referred to in the scriptures.

Capstone refers to Coping (architecture), one of the finishing or protective stones that form the top of an exterior masonry wall or building. Also consider the “all seeing eye” (capstone) over the pyramid on the One Dollar Bill and the New World Order depictions thereon. This has significance in the ways that Satan the Devil is corrupting the Word of God through modern translations which is all connected with the ushering in of the anti-christ. All of this will be expounded upon in the video below.

Masonary Signs

With regards to the Cornerstone vs. the Capstone, here is the actual verse taken from the NIV referring to the capstone which is a blatant LIE!

Psalm 118:22

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; (emphasis added)

And here is how the King James Bible reads:

Psalm 118:22

King James Version (KJV)

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (emphasis added)

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua Messiah, is not the capstone, He is the corner stone which is the only foundation upon which faith and eternal life can be built! Without a corner stone resident, no foundation can be built to stand.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

1 Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

Here are also further links that need to be considered. Read the tab on this website Holy Bible and watch the full documentary video titled “A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible”. There are various other links dealing with this particular issue of which the following pdf Serious Omissions in the NIV Bible by Keith Piper is highly recommended, as it compares the NIV and other modern day versions against the faithful translation of the King James Bible.

Here are also further links to Brothers Jesse Boyd and Ricky Springer’s Gospel website Full Proof Gospel Ministries and its King James Bible Defense Material link. We especially ask that you read the pdf titled Inspired Preservation. Let the Truth be known and eradicate doubts and arguments that are created amongst Bible readers. Stand for the Truth!

Soli Deo Gloria!

The Face of Evil and Wicked South Africa

This is the sad face of evil and wicked South Africa. When a nation is sold out to the devil and serves no longer the Creator God exclusively, this is what you get – interfaith debauchery. On 28th November 2012 the President of South Africa met with the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) which has been dissolved and is now known as the National Religious Leaders’ Council (NRLC). Here are two news articles for the NRLC meeting [(1) and (2)] that took place. They want to resolve “poverty and general social upliftment” together with other issues through an ecumenical system by bringing all faiths together – it will never work! God will not be mocked by having His Son Jesus Christ riduculed with such blasphemy! This is the type of debauchery that we are talking about. Look at some of the other websites here in South Africa that make a mockery of the One True Creator:

I wonder if the “reverend” Ray McCauley seazed the opportunity at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and actually preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unbelievers who were present at that meeting – or is that possibly asking too much? This is what our Lord Jesus Christ said:

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

It is an abomination in the sight of a Holy God that man can blaspheme the One True God who revealed Himself as the Lord Jesus Christ who is LORD of all:

Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Act 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Act 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Act 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Act 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

Act 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

Act 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Act 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Here are the other blogposts (and a few historical posts) that have called on our President and peoples of South Africa to Repent and Believe the one and only Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ – the ONLY WAY God our Creator has given us:

Scripture warns us:

Proverb 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

And South Africa can learn from the Ugandan President who Publicly Repented! He did not just say he is sorry to the people – his prayer was directed to GOD!

The NIV Perversion of God

The believers, teachers, pastors and theologians that hold to the New International Version (NIV)(Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society) being a better translation than the King James Version (KJV – Authorised Version 1611)(No Copyright by man) should revisit their love for the perversion of God. Besides the hundreds of verses that have been omitted from the NIV which is considered to be a better translation some 362 years after the first publication of the King James Bible in 1611, it is wondered what English believers believed and read for all those years if the King James Bible was not a proper translation. The KJV has also recently celebrated its 400th anniversary as opposed to the later translations. If no proper translation was available, as is the NIV’s argument, then man has not had every Word of God to live by as Jesus Christ rebuked Satan:

4But 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. ~ Matthew 4:4

and then God has not given us a true and preserved full counsel of His Word for us to read and study, but it is written:

6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. ~ Psalm 12:6, 7

Thankfully and all glory to our Awesome God, we do know that all Scripture is inspired by God and He has given us His Word. But there is a problem when the NIV omits verses like Matthew 18:11, when it purports to be a better translation than the KJV! If the Son of God, Jesus Christ said:

11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. ~ Matthew 18:11

How could the omission be a better translation?

This is only one of many issues that one can look at in respect of the KJV vs. NIV saga, but the greatest perversion of the NIV will be dealt with in two verses in Scripture that blasphemes God, our Lord Jesus Christ, by calling Him Lucifer. The emphasis in bold is by me. Let us first look at what the NIV says:

12How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! ~ Isaiah 14:12

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” ~ Revelation 22:16

In a Zondervan NIV Study Bible (Fully Revised)(Copyright © 1985, 1995, 2002 by Zondervan) the commentary for verses Isaiah 14:12-15, “Some believe that Isaiah is giving a description of the fall of Satan … But the passage clearly applies to the king of Babylon, who is later used as a type (prefiguration) of the “beast”…” and then specifically for verse 14:12 it records, “ morning star. The Hebrew for this expression is translated lucifer (lit. “light-bearer”) in the Latin Vulgate, the origin of “Lucifer” in early English translations of this verse. For the true Morning Star see Rev. 22:16 …”. As can be seen there is a clear contradiction even in the “study notes” – is the morning star the king of Babylon? Lucifer (Hebrew translation)? Or Jesus Christ in Revelation 22:16? Jesus Christ calls Himself the Morning Star in Revelation 22:16 and our Lord Jesus Christ was never cast down to the earth or laid low the nations.

The King James Bible records the two aforementioned Scriptures as follows:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! ~ Isaiah 14:12

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ~ Revelation 22:16

In the true context Lucifer fulfils Isaiah 14:13-15, for it is written:

13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

The NIV ascribes the morning star to have fulfilled verses Isaiah 14:13-15 when Jesus Christ says He is the morning star in Revelation 22:16. This is BLASPHEMY on the part of the NIV! For as it is written in Scripture:

18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. ~ Luke 10:18 [Jesus Christ speaking]

How can believers hold to a perversion of God by reading the NIV? It clearly is a work of Satan to pervert the Holy Word of God. Your “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21) is required!

All Glory to God.

The Cost of Becoming a Christian

By Dane Gardow*

Because of horrible evangelism, religious lies, and itching ears, a majority of people have been led to believe that becoming a Christian is as easy as praying a simple prayer and requires very little cost or no cost at all. However, the Lord Jesus Christ has declared very clearly in the Bible that it will indeed cost you—it will cost you everything.

You will have to turn away from all your sins

Being a Christian will cost you your sins; you cannot be a Christian if you’re unwilling to forsake them. This is called repentance, and Jesus declared that unless you repent, you will perish in Hell. We are called by God to repent of our sins and turn to Him because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world. You don’t have to clean up your life before you come to Christ; no, my dear friend, come to Him now as you are. You just have to make up your mind about giving up your sins. You must stop, turn around from following after sinful lusts, and begin following after Christ, calling upon Him to help and He will remove sin from your life as you follow His lead and obey His word.

James 2:19-20; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30-31; 26:20; Luke 13:3; Psalm 7:12; Revelation 2:16

(19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? ~ James 2:19-20

(15) And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. ~ Mark 1:15

(38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 2:38

(19) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19

(30) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: (31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. ~ Acts 17:30, 31

(20) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. ~ Acts 26:20

(3) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. ~ Luke 13:3

(12) If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. ~ Psalm 7:12

(16) 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 2:16

You will have to forsake your desires & affections

Being a Christian will cost you all desires and affections which oppose the will and word of God. You will have to continually be on guard to rid your life of all the things that God hates and declares to be wicked. If you are unwilling to give up these unrighteous desires, you cannot be a Christian. God commands His people to hate evil and love good; to abstain from every form or appearance of evil; to flee from immorality, lust, idolatry, and greed. We are commanded to pursue righteousness, justice, and godliness. And this means all the things we fill our lives with will be determined by God’s word—the movies or television we watch, music we listen to, clothes we wear, and everything else on which we may set our affections.

Psalm 97:10; Amos 5:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:10-11; 2 Timothy 2:22; Philippians 1:10; 4:8; Psalm 119:97, 128

(10) Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. ~ Psalm 97:10

(15) Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. ~ Amos 5:15

(22) Abstain from all appearance of evil. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:22

(11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. ~ Ephesians 5:11

(18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:18

(14) Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:14

(10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. ~ 1 Timothy 6:10, 11

(22) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ~ 2 Timothy 2:22

(10) That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; ~ Philippians 1:10

(8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

(97) MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (128) Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. ~ Psalm 119:97, 128

You will have to surrender over your dreams & aspirations

Being a Christian will cost you all dreams and aspirations you may have that do not align with the will of God for your life. If you’re unwilling to completely shift the focus of your life away from yourself and your previous aspirations and toward Christ and doing His will, you cannot be a Christian. We are commanded to do absolutely everything—down to something as small as taking a drink of water—with the focus of bringing God glory. We are even called to take every thought captive and make them obedient to the will of Christ. That means if you’re worrying about becoming rich, well-off, famous, or whatever, you’re going to have to cast this behind you. Jesus declared that our primary and preeminent focus is to be on His kingdom above all else. We serve the Lord, not vice versa; and He calls His people to carry out His will, not theirs; we pray for His kingdom come, His will be done, not ours. He is Lord over our life, and His disciples must live their lives accordingly.

1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Matthew 6:10, 33

(31) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

(5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5

(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:10, 33

You will have to give up all your finances & possessions

Being a Christian will cost you all your finances and possessions. If you’re not willing to transfer all ownership of your money and possessions over to Jesus Christ, you cannot be His disciple. He owns everything in your life—including your life—and as a Christian you must acknowledge and submit to this. All that you have, you no longer use it for yourself but for Him—for His sake, His glory, His kingdom. And the things which cannot be used for these things must go. The money you have, which itself comes from God, you no longer use to buy foolish things for yourself but for the things which He approves and is glorified in. Christ commands us not to store up treasures on earth, but to store up treasure in Heaven. Your treasure will reveal your heart. If you’re all about money or heaping up this world’s goods, then your heart is with this world which will pass away. What will it profit you if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? If you seek to keep this world’s goods, you will lose both them and your soul. You cannot serve both God and wealth.

Luke 9:23-25; 14:33; Matthew 6:19-21, 24

(23) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (25) For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? ~ Luke 9:23-25

(33) So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. ~ Luke 14:33

(19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ~ Matthew 6:19-21, 24

You will have to leave behind your family & friends

If you love your parents, siblings, spouse, children, family, friends, or even your own life more than Christ, you cannot be His disciple. Your love for Christ must be so extreme and preeminent that it makes your love for everyone else, in comparison, look like hatred. Jesus declared that He had not come to bring peace and tolerance amongst one another on the earth…He came, rather, to bring a sword of division, to set a person against the members of his own household for the sake of obedience and loyalty to Him. If your family criticizes you in regard to following Christ, or pressures you to go on a route that opposes the will of God, you will have to oppose them for Christ’s sake. If you have friends who love to sin and could care less about Christ, you’re going to have to leave them behind…but if you are true to the Lord and serious about following Him, they’ll end up hating you eventually anyway. However, Jesus promises that whoever has left houses or parents or siblings or friends or spouses or children for His name’s sake will receive many times as much and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 10:34-37; 19:27-29; Luke 14:26; 18:28-30; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 15:33

(34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. ~ Matthew 10:34-37

(27) Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? (28) And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. ~ Matthew 19:27-29

(26) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. ~ Luke 14:26

(28) Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. (29) And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, (30) Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. ~ Luke 18:28-30

(11) But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:11

(33) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:33

You will have to renounce your reputation & status

If you are unwilling to count as loss for Christ’s sake your reputation and status, and what people think of you, you cannot be a Christian. You must count all these things as rubbish in view of the surpassing value of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. You must cast off any false notion that you are someone important, someone of worth, one with wisdom and strength, and realize you indeed are one who is broken, lowly, foolish, and weak. The message of the cross is foolishness to the world, and in coming to Christ, believing His word, and obeying His commands, you will also be esteemed utterly foolish by them. But you must embrace the reproach of Christ that will come your way. If you hold faithfully to Christ, you will be ridiculed, despised, mocked, and slandered.

Philippians 3:7-8; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21, 26-28; 3:18; 4:9-13; Luke 6:22-23

(7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, ~ Philippians 3:7, 8

(18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (21) For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: ~ 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21, 26-28

(18) Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. ~ 1 Corinthians 3:18

(9) For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. (10) We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. (11) Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; (12) And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: (13) Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. ~ 1 Corinthians 4:9-13

(22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. ~ Luke 6:22, 23

You will have to abandon your comforts & easy living

If you are unwilling to take on the demanding lifestyle of a disciple of Christ, you cannot be a Christian. Jesus declared that the vast majority of mankind will end up in Hell, and that there are many who desire to enter into eternal life but will not be able to. He exhorted His disciples to strive to enter into the kingdom of God, because only those who violently press into it will enter. The Christian life is not one of luxury or complacency, but one of self-denial and discipline, vigilance, always being on the alert, always taking heed and being careful, always striving, pursuing Christ, fighting the good fight of faith, and laying hold on eternal life. The Bible says we must enter the kingdom of God through many trials and tribulations, and all who desire to live godly in Christ will suffer persecution. You will be hated, excluded, insulted, scorned, slandered, and abused on account of Christ—you may even be killed—but be of good cheer, for these things you are blessed, and your reward will be great in Heaven.

Luke 6:22-23; 13:23-24; Matthew 7:13-14; 11:12; John 15:19; 1 John 3:13; Acts 13:40; 14:22; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Timothy 6:12; Mark 13:33; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:12

(22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. ~ Luke 6:22, 23

(23) Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, (24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ~ Luke 13:23, 24

(13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ~ Matthew 7:13, 14

(12) And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. ~ Matthew 11:12

(19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. ~ John 15:19

(13) Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. ~ 1 John 3:13

(40) Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; ~ Acts 13:40

(22) Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. ~ Acts 14:22

(12) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. ~ 2 Timothy 3:12

(8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ~ 1 Peter 5:8

(12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. ~ 1 Timothy 6:12

(33) Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. ~ Mark 13:33

(27) But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:27

(12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:12

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Luke 24

The resurrection of Christ.

Luk 24:1-12  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  (2)  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  (3)  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  (4)  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:  (5)  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  (6)  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,  (7)  Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.  (8)  And they remembered his words,  (9)  And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.  (10)  It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.  (11)  And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.  (12)  Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Luke 24:1-12 See the affection and respect the women showed to Christ, after he was dead and buried. Observe their surprise when they found the stone rolled away, and the grave empty. Christians often perplex themselves about that with which they should comfort and encourage themselves. They look rather to find their Master in his grave-clothes, than angels in their shining garments. The angels assure them that he is risen from the dead; is risen by his own power. These angels from heaven bring not any new gospel, but remind the women of Christ’s words, and teach them how to apply them. We may wonder that these disciples, who believed Jesus to be the Son of God and the true Messiah, who had been so often told that he must die, and rise again, and then enter into his glory, who had seen him more than once raise the dead, yet should be so backward to believe his raising himself. But all our mistakes in religion spring from ignorance or forgetfulness of the words Christ has spoken. Peter now ran to the sepulchre, who so lately ran from his Master. He was amazed. There are many things puzzling and perplexing to us, which would be plain and profitable, if we rightly understood the words of Christ.

He appears to two disciples on the way to Emmaus.

Luk 24:13-27  (13)  And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.  (14)  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  (15)  And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.  (16)  But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.  (17)  And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?  (18)  And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?  (19)  And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:  (20)  And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.  (21)  But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.  (22)  Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;  (23)  And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.  (24)  And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.  (25)  Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  (26)  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  (27)  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:13-27 This appearance of Jesus to the two disciples going to Emmaus, happened the same day that he rose from the dead. It well becomes the disciples of Christ to talk together of his death and resurrection; thus they may improve one another’s knowledge, refresh one another’s memory, and stir up each other’s devout affections. And where but two together are well employed in work of that kind, he will come to them, and make a third. Those who seek Christ, shall find him: he will manifest himself to those that inquire after him; and give knowledge to those who use the helps for knowledge which they have. No matter how it was, but so it was, they did not know him; he so ordering it, that they might the more freely discourse with him. Christ’s disciples are often sad and sorrowful, even when they have reason to rejoice; but through the weakness of their faith, they cannot take the comfort offered to them. Though Christ is entered into his state of exaltation, yet he notices the sorrows of his disciples, and is afflicted in their afflictions. Those are strangers in Jerusalem, that know not of the death and sufferings of Jesus. Those who have the knowledge of Christ crucified, should seek to spread that knowledge. Our Lord Jesus reproved them for the weakness of their faith in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Did we know more of the Divine counsels as far as they are made known in the Scriptures, we should not be subject to the perplexities we often entangle ourselves in. He shows them that the sufferings of Christ were really the appointed way to his glory; but the cross of Christ was that to which they could not reconcile themselves. Beginning at Moses, the first inspired writer of the Old Testament, Jesus expounded to them the things concerning himself. There are many passages throughout all the Scriptures concerning Christ, which it is of great advantage to put together. We cannot go far in any part, but we meet with something that has reference to Christ, some prophecy, some promise, some prayer, some type or other. A golden thread of gospel grace runs through the whole web of the Old Testament. Christ is the best expositor of Scripture; and even after his resurrection, he led people to know the mystery concerning himself, not by advancing new notions, but by showing how the Scripture was fulfilled, and turning them to the earnest study of it.

And makes himself known to them.

Luk 24:28-35  (28)  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.  (29)  But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.  (30)  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.  (31)  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.  (32)  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?  (33)  And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,  (34)  Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.  (35)  And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Luke 24:28-35 If we would have Christ dwell with us, we must be earnest with him. Those that have experienced the pleasure and profit of communion with him, cannot but desire more of his company. He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. This he did with his usual authority and affection, with the same manner, perhaps with the same words. He here teaches us to crave a blessing on every meal. See how Christ by his Spirit and grace makes himself known to the souls of his people. He opens the Scriptures to them. He meets them at his table, in the ordinance of the Lord’s supper; is known to them in breaking of bread. But the work is completed by the opening of the eyes of their mind; yet it is but short views we have of Christ in this world, but when we enter heaven, we shall see him for ever. They had found the preaching powerful, even when they knew not the preacher. Those Scriptures which speak of Christ, will warm the hearts of his true disciples. That is likely to do most good, which affects us with the love of Jesus in dying for us. It is the duty of those to whom he has shown himself, to let others know what he has done for their souls. It is of great use for the disciples of Christ to compare their experiences, and tell them to each other.

Christ appears to the other disciples.

Luk 24:36-49  (36)  And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  (37)  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.  (38)  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?  (39)  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  (40)  And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.  (41)  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?  (42)  And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.  (43)  And he took it, and did eat before them.  (44)  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.  (45)  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,  (46)  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  (47)  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  (48)  And ye are witnesses of these things.  (49)  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Luke 24:36-49 Jesus appeared in a miraculous manner, assuring the disciples of his peace, though they had so lately forsaken him, and promising spiritual peace with every blessing. Many troublesome thoughts which disquiet our minds, rise from mistakes concerning Christ. All the troublesome thoughts which rise in our hearts at any time, are known to the Lord Jesus, and are displeasing to him. He spake with them on their unreasonable unbelief. Nothing had passed but what was foretold by the prophets, and necessary for the salvation of sinners. And now all men should be taught the nature and necessity of repentance, in order to the forgiveness of their sins. And these blessings were to be sought for, by faith in the name of Jesus. Christ by his Spirit works on the minds of men. Even good men need to have their understandings opened. But that we may have right thoughts of Christ, there needs no more than to be made to understand the Scriptures.

His ascension.

Luk 24:50-53  (50)  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  (51)  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.  (52)  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:  (53)  And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Luke 24:50-53 Christ ascended from Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. There was the garden in which his sufferings began; there he was in his agony. Those that would go to heaven, must ascend thither from the house of sufferings and sorrows. The disciples did not see him rise out of the grave; his resurrection could be proved by their seeing him alive afterwards: but they saw him ascend into heaven; they could not otherwise have a proof of his ascension. He lifted up his hands, and blessed them. He did not go away in displeasure, but in love, he left a blessing behind him. As he arose, so he ascended, by his own power. They worshipped him. This fresh display of Christ’s glory drew from them fresh acknowledgments. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. The glory of Christ is the joy of all true believers, even while they are here in this world. While waiting for God’s promises, we must go forth to meet them with our praises. And nothing better prepares the mind for receiving the Holy Ghost. Fears are silenced, sorrows sweetened and allayed, and hopes kept up. And this is the ground of a Christian’s boldness at the throne of grace; yea, the Father’s throne is the throne of grace to us, because it is also the throne of our Mediator, Jesus Christ. Let us rely on his promises, and plead them. Let us attend his ordinances, praise and bless God for his mercies, set our affections on things above, and expect the Redeemer’s return to complete our happiness. Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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e-Sword – the Sword of the LORD with an electronic edge: King James Bible with Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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