by K Neill Foster
for April 04, 2020
|Is It Actually God's Word?|
Text: ". . . you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God." 1 Thessalonians 2:13
The Scripture actually is the Word of God, indeed the words of God. These are not the words of men we are considering. This is God's Word.
All Scripture is given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is profitable for doctrine and reproof. Those who have worked with the Scriptures sometimes refer to them as "live wires."Through them pulsates the life of God, the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is important for readers in English to remember that the Bible comes to us from original languages other than our own–Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Hence we have not fully encountered the living word of God until it becomes real to us in our own language.
There are many "translations" which are paraphrases, among them the Living Bible and the Message. They cannot be discounted since sometimes New Testament writers paraphrased their quotations of the Old Testament Scriptures. But the paraphrase versions should not be used for doctrinal study. Likewise, there are cultural translations such as the Living Bible and Today's New International Version which are too far removed from the original languages to be useful for doctrinal study.
The best translations of the Bible are those that adhere most closely to the texts of the original languages. For accuracy, The English Standard Version and The American Standard Version are among those I most highly recommend.