Mat 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Does your Bible hold God’s Absolute Truths…?
Are you using a different bible than I am? Recently I was asked that question in one of our bible studies. One person who was attending had mentioned to a friend that they were attending a bible study. The curious friend wanted to know more and one question that they had was whether or not the study was using the authorized bible from the church they attended. The attendee did not know and asked the question at one of our studies.
It brought back reminders of my early days as a Christian. I to have asked that question. Shortly after being ‘born again’ and with many questions my wife and I met with our RC Church clergy and talked about our new faith and why the RC Church had not taught us to be ‘born again’ as scripture did. We were told by the clergy to stay away from those people and to stay out of the bible. The insinuation was that the bible was too complex for us to understand it without their guidance and also those people were using an unauthorized bible leading us to believe it contained error.
God as with all of my questions and dilemmas in my life when I truly ask and trust Him for wisdom He then came to my rescue. Our God is great. He waits for us via faith to seek Him and to depend on Him. He tells us He will never allow men or women to deceive us if we truly seek His truths. That was and is the most valuable source of information I use for my life today. God is in control and sovereign. He is my protector and is greater than any power this world can come up with. But I must first seek Him and allow His will for my life.
With that question being asked at the bible study I sought God’s wisdom on how to help the group. The Holy Spirit led our group in a study of the bibles available to see if they held the same truths or had one been corrupted by mankind. As a very young Christian as previously mentioned I struggled with the question of whether my bible that I at that time was using (KJV) 35 years ago was different than the one my Roman Catholic Church authorized. God helped me by presenting His word to me in Mat 5:18 which says that both the OT and NT will be protected by God so that we have His truths. It says that protection will occur until Heaven and Earth pass. God does away with current Heaven and Earth and creates a new Heaven and new Earth for His eternal family after the 1,000-year millennium which is also after the 7-year tribulation period. The Book of Revelation provides us with the last time periods of mankind on this earth and the events leading up to the creation of the new Heaven and Earth. And unfortunately, the judgment of mankind that chooses to reject God. Until all of it occurs (Mat 5:18) God will protect His truths so that all of mankind have availability to it and no excuse for rejecting it. That provided me with the peace that passes understanding on the topic of whether or not God can and does protect His truths for all those who seek Him.
With that in mind we took older and the latest bible versions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants faiths to our study. The Roman Catholic bibles all having the Imprimatur authorizing their use. We studied the most important question asked down through the ages, the same that the Philippian jailor asked; “What must I do to be saved?” We read from each on the following topics;
- All being sinners (Rom 3:10, 3:23, Isa 64:6),
- All condemned to Spiritual and Physical death because of our sins (Rom 6:23)
- God’s awesome love for sinners (John 3:16, Rom 5:8)
- No work, church affiliation or family heritage can save me from the punishment (Eph 2:8,9, Titus 3:5)
- What must I do to be saved (Rom 10:9, 10 & 13, John 3:3)
- My only Mediator in confessing my sins is not a clergy member but Jesus Himself (I Tim 2:5)
It soon became obvious that the bibles of both faiths proclaim the same glorious truths. God, as He says in Mat 5:18 will not allow mankind to keep His saving truths from those who truly seek them. The jot and tittle mentioned are the smallest punctuation marks of the Greek and Hebrew texts. That was and is comforting then and now. What is required of us is to take God at His word. If He can create us He can protect us and lead us to truth.
Heb 12:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
If you have a similar question today go ahead and check it out. Put the bibles side by side and see the power of our God. He will provide you with the truths you seek and need for your life.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”