Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on January 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM|
Is there someone who can show me a verse that says that God ONLY inspired the originals—the first copy. I read that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16-17) If God, in His wisdom, didn't preserve the originals for us down through the centuries, then only the originals are inspired. (Can someone, please, show me a copy?)
If we don’t have the original writings, unless they lived for thousands of years, the same holds true for the original writers. They aren’t around, either. We can conclude, then, that the original writers weren’t the only ones used to preserve God’s words. The same Holy Spirit that initially wrote them preserved them.
Though Job asked for his words to be written in a book (Job 19:23), no man that wrote the "originals" ever thought that his words would become the Bible. For example, most of Paul's writings were LETTERS written to churches that he established and individual people he personally knew. Thank God, the phone had not been invented, back then. If it had, we might not, today, have the letters (EPISTLES) and documents—many times, sewn between two pieces of cowhide—we now claim as Scripture.
If the original writers DIDN'T know that their words were going to become Scripture, how do you think the men who helped bring it down to us fared? They were only translating what they believed were copies of God's words into their own language, or, in the case of the Authorized Version, into the common language of the people. No one—least of all THEMSELVES understood that their translation was going to be used of God to inspire His word through preservation, any more than the man on the moon.
Who are we to question His methods? This was His business. Why not just believe what He wrote and delivered to you?
"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." (I Thessalonians 2:13)