Making Disciples: Simply Teach God’s Word Simply

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  1. Roy Boonstoppel says:

    There is no John chapter 28! Not in my bible anyway!

    And that statement was made by Jesus, not John.

    Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    You stated, “We must be certain we are not injecting our personal thoughts or feelings into our interpretation. We must make sure that we are not allowing the influences of culture to sway the way we receive God’s word.”

    And I wholeheartedly agree. But do these “modern” translations do that? Are they the true word of God? Please, let me share just a few scripture comparisons with you:

    NLT for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
    ISV because you were bought for a price. Therefore, glorify God with your bodies.
    NIV you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
    ESV for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
    ERV for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.
    ASV for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.
    NASB For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

    So we must honor God ONLY with our bodies? What about our spirit? Or does our spirit not matter?

    KJB For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

    Or how about this one:

    KJB Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
    NKJ “Known to God from eternity are all His works.

    Notice what it say here. “KNOWN TO GOD ARE ALL HIS WORKS…..”

    Now notice the wording in the below perversions. And one wonders why I only use the King James Bible. It’s because of perversions like THIS:

    NLT he who made these things known so long ago.’
    ISV that have been known from long ago.’
    NIV things known from long ago.
    ESV known from of old.’
    ERV Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from the beginning of the world.
    ASV Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from of old.

    Let me share just one more with you:
    Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
    The Angel of the Lord God Almighty told Marry, the Mother of Jesus, that “His name shall be called,…”

    I ask you, how many gods do we serve? I only know of ONE! In the scripture above, Jesus, the only begotten son of God, is called, “the mighty God.” But Jehovah is God. How can JESUS be God also? Then the angel continues with, “The everlasting Father.” Wait! We only have ONE heavenly father. But the Angel just called JESUS Father. So now we have TWO Fathers? Not possible! The only conclusion is that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one and the same person. Thus, baptism in the name of Jesus is the ONLY proper way. I have many scriptures to share with you on this. Proof that Jesus is God in the Flesh. There are no three personages in heaven, but ONE!

    What do you think?

    • tspithaler says:

      Thanks for pointing out my errors in textual reference. I made that correction. I could not however find a place where I might have mis-accredited the quote to John? It was of course Jesus who made the statement and if I did mis-accredit the quote, I’m happy to change it of course.

      I could not agree with you more that modern translations are a bit off track. For continuity purposes I generally use the NKJV version as this is what is used typically at our church we attend. For serious study I’ll use NASB95, and have been known to use the ESV (which I become slightly less enamored with as time goes on). But I never study without my Greek texts to confirm the translations and clarify thoughts and context.

      As far as Jesus being God, He most certainly is. In the microcosm of the verse you shared, one might derive your conclusion. That conclusion however cannot stand in the context of the entire bible. God is in fact a triune God with three distinct persons ALL being the One God. Scripture makes this very clear in many places, and has been Christian dogma for millennia. This topic has been covered by many thoughtful and qualified authors, I’ll leave you to them, rather than try to cover such a topic in a reply.

      Thanks for reading!

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