Translations? 11/30/08
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Aloha Jeannie,
You are right, and even the original writers had to go over what they wrote to check and make sure that they were writing under the inspiration of the YHWH, Christ, The Word of God. Personally I use a 1611 King James Translation as being the best in English but it still has minor problems like the Greek word baptism which means to place one thing into another, but not always water. That is why some feel that they need to be baptized to be saved. The translator's used the Greek word baptism, in the English translation as to not get in trouble with the traditions of Rome and the Anglican Church of the day. Actually when the Holy Spirit places a soul into Jesus through faith, Rom.10:9-10 we are saved even as the thief on the cross, by faith. Water Baptism is a public witness and thereby a sealing but it is not salvation. Then there is the baptisms (to be placed into) in the Holy Sprit, Fire, Persecution and so on, Heb.6:2. As a consecrated Abbot of the Orthodox Catholic Church I find myself in deep trouble a lot when I start messing with the traditions of the very religious. Mary and Joseph also had at least 6 children along with Jesus who was virgin born, that gets me into deep trouble big time. James and Jude wrote letters in our N.T.

The way that you come to rightly divide the Word of Truth is because an important subject will be covered in many different ways by many different writers, Isaiah 28:9-20. So a good concordance like Strong's is very helpful. You might consider writing each verse down on a card on the subject of interest and then you are able to move them around until you begin to go from the Logos (written word) to the Rhema (anointed word) of God. Also we tend to think in a time dimension but much of our Bible is written in an eternal dimension so it is important to think outside of the box of our experiences. Over the years, I have found a lot of traditional doctrine has been based upon experience and traditions and a few selected scriptures that may contain only a facet of the truth and not allow one to see the whole diamond. Words are tricky that way. Church elders tend to be the worst, sometimes in the use of them to support their own little denominational kingdoms. There is but one True Church of Jesus Christ. And all who love Him and are obedient to Him and look for His return, belong to Him.

It would work like this: Concerning Kingdom: go to "Keys To The Kingdom"


The New Testament Kingdom

"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein" (Luke18:17).

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).

"And he said unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the Kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come, life everlasting' " (Luke 18:29-30).

"For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Rom.14:17).

"For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power" (1 Cor.4:20).

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptable with reverence and godly fear" (Heb.12:28).

"For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet.1:11).

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death" (Rev. 12:11-12, King James Bible).


Paul in Rome

Preaching the "Kingdom of God", and teaching those things which concern the "Lord Jesus Christ", with all confidence, no man forbidding him (Acts 28:31). The Apostle Paul's first thoughts, as recorded by St. Luke, concerning His ministry was to preach the Kingdom of God, and then to teach about our Lord Jesus Christ. Christians tend to have messages backwards. This is possibly due to the lack of power in today's church to demonstrate the Kingdom with signs following.

We seem to have it backwards.
In the Jerusalem Church all were delivered and healed.

"And by the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. And none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord. Multitudes of both men and women. So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude came out of the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed" (Acts 5:5:16).

"Thy Kingdom Come,

Bottom line do what Paul tells Timothy to do in 2 Timothy 2:15-16, 3:16-17 Context Chapters 2 - 4....

Yours, in His great love and wonderful mercy, Papa +Ken <><


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