A TRIBUTE TO MY KING JAMES BIBLE
A young lad was once asked to write a paper on his greatest treasure. The boy wrote one sentence: “My greatest treasure is my Bible.” While this boy did not so state, he was undoubtedly referring to his KJB. The F. D. editor would like to re-echo that truth: My greatest treasure is my King James Bible!
My KJB is a Complete Bible
The 66 books in this unique Scripture volume alone make up the divine written revelation of God. These 66 books compose the sacred canon of Scripture. While this writer has complete faith in the authenticity, integrity and veracity of the KJV, the KJB does not contain any “advanced” revelation as some of its misguided advocates errantly advocate.
No additional divine revelations have been given since the completion of the New Testament canon in Revelation chapter twenty-two and none are forthcoming from heaven. Its inerrant contents are not only the supernatural and supreme Word of God for my life, they are my sole authority for faith and practice.
The contents of this divine treasure provide sufficient guidance for maturational growth in my Christian experience in bringing me to conformity to the image of Christ: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works—II Tim. 3:16-17.” “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth—John 17:17.”
My KJB is a Correct Bible
The KJB Bible that uncompromising Bible-believing historic Biblical Fundamentalists have used for 400 years is my reliable guide for Christian living and Christian service. My KJB is a trustworthy guide in which I can place my unquestioned confidence. It is reliable in every area of its extensive coverage from its grand commencement in Genesis chapter one to its glorious conclusion in Revelation chapter twenty-two.
Its (a) translation is accurate, its text is authentic, and its truths are apostolic, a stark contrast to the satanic cultic Mormon view that the KJV is the Word of God” “only insofar as it is accurately translated.” I can have complete confidence in its words when I read in Luke 2:33 concerning Christ about “Joseph and his mother,” rather than the blasphemous statements of modern versions that talk about His “father and his mother.”
I do not believe that my KJB contains textual errors that need to be corrected or expunged from the Scriptural record as some New-Evangelicals advocate. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever (I Peter 1:23).”
My KJB is a Conserved Bible
The genuine Word of God has been providentially preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Received Text [TR] in the New Testament. This text has been accurately translated in the King James Version of the Scripture.
This translation is a (a) preserved translation—Ps. 12:6-7. It is a (b) pure translation—Prov. 30:5, uncorrupted by the tampering hands of apostate liberal scholars and it is a (c) powerful translation—Heb. 4:12.
By contrast, the translators of modern versions can only wistfully conjecture, at best, that they possess most of God’s Word. They are still frantically searching for what I know already reliably exists in English form in my KJB translation of the preserved Hebrew and Greek texts, not the corrupt manuscripts discarded in monastery garbage cans!
I do not believe that my KJB contains errors, but that I can read every verse with confidence, including such key verses as Micah 5:2, Matt. 9:13, Acts 8:37, Col. 1:14, and I John 5:7, having an implicit trust they are part of God’s genuine word, not like the modern versions which delete key phrases and verses..
My KJB is a Christ-Centered Bible
As I ponder my KJB, I remember that Christ is (a) the Source of this divine treasure—Col. 3:16, that he is also (b) the Substance of this divine text—Luke 24:27 and that He is (c) the Subject of its denominated truths—John 5:39.
My Saviour’s imprint is stamped on every page of its contents. From Genesis one to Rev. 22, He is the central person, message and theme. When I diligently search my KJB’s contents with a Christ-centered perspective, I can find him on every page and related to every event in Scripture. His identification is stamped on every book, His portrait silhouetted in every passage, His indentation stamped on every phrase, and His input superintending every word. Christ is the crux of my KJB, the core of my KJB and the center of my KJB.
My KJB is a Companion Bible
My KJB is my written companion, accompanying me wherever I go. Its (a) instructions govern me—Ps. 119:9; its (b) illumination guides me—Ps. 119:105 and its (c) information guards me—Ps. 119:133. It is my constant companion through blessing and blight, amidst sunshine and storm, via rough pathways and smooth pathways and through both trials and triumphs. My KJB provides the spiritual bread I need—Jer. 15:16, the spiritual milk I require—I Peter 2:2 and the spiritual dessert I enjoy—Col. 3:16-17.
Truly, “I have a wonderful treasure, the gift of God without measure, and so we travel together, my [KJB] and I.”
Congratulations—KJB—upon your 400th birthday! Via your use, millions of souls have been saved, multitudes of homes blessed, thousands of churches established and countless numbers of believer edified in the faith. When your 401st year begins, this writer promises not to trash you for some other unreliable translation, as many of your now professing honorees will undoubtedly do. You are the first and last English translation I ever want to obey and use. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will worship the Son of God you exalt within your pages—John 5:39 D. J.
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