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   In Defense of Traditional Bible Texts

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
. . . Psalm 12:6-7 . . .
 

God's Oracles of Revelation

Dr. Robert Barnett

July 19-20, 2006

We thank our host Pastor Michael Monte and the families of Calvary Baptist Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota for your gracious invitation to be with you for our 28th Anniversary meeting of the Dean Burgon Society. It is a privilege to be in Minnesota again. We remember being here with Pastor Charles Nichols at Independent Baptist Church in Ramsey, MN back in 2001.

It is always a privilege to be on the platform with our faithful DBS Founder and President, Dr. D. A. Waite. Dr. Waite as our resident scholar in Bible Defense, it will be encouraging to all of us to hear you answer again this traditional question: Dr. Waite, over your many years of studying each book, chapter, verse and word in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek scriptures underlying the translation of the Authorized 1611 King James Bible, have you ever found any translation errors or mistakes in our 1769 Cambridge edition of the King James Bible?

The great theme of the book of Romans is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ::

Romans 1:14 (KJV)

14I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

Romans 1:15 (KJV)

15So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Romans 1:16 (KJV)

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)

17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Paul said he owed all human beings the gospel of Jesus Christ - "I am debtor." Paul said, "I am ready to preach the gospel. Paul said, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ."

The gospel of Jesus Christ can never be presented completely or biblically unless it includes God's wrath upon those who reject His gospel as well as God's love upon those who will believe and receive it.

Romans 1:18 (KJV)

"18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness."

The Pagan man is proven to be under God's wrath in Romans 1:19-32.

The Moral man is proven to be under God's wrath in Romans 2:1-16

The Religious man is proven to be under God's wrath in Romans 2:17-29

To those Jews who may have taken offense at being told they were also sinners under God's wrath, Paul reminded them of their privileged position and opportunity:

A. The Question of Jewish blessings from God v. 1

Romans 3:1 (KJV)

1What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

Paul had just reminded them of how proud they were of being called a Jew. They thought being Jews, and knowing God's law, and being circumcised were all that was necessary for their salvation. But Paul reminded them they needed an inward circumcision in their hearts and not just outward symbols and ceremonies.

Romans 2:17 (KJV)

17Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

Romans 2:28 (KJV)

28For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Romans 2:29 (KJV)

29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. John the Baptist:had also warning them.

Luke 3:8 (KJV)

8Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Jesus Christ had warned them in John 8:37-44 they were following their father the Devil and not father Abraham..:

John 8:41 (KJV)

41Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Like Esau they had sold their birthright for a mess of pottage:

Genesis 25:32 (KJV)

32And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

Hebrews 12:16 (KJV)

16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Malachi described their nation which had reached this point:

Malachi 3:14 (KJV)

14Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Even Job's wife would say:

Job 2:9 (KJV)

9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

But Job's testimony of faith would remain:

Job 1:21 (KJV)

21And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

A. The Question of Jewish blessings from God v. 1

B. The Quantity and Quality of Jewish blessings from God v. 2

Romans 3:2 (KJV)

2Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

1. The Jews had much in every way because they possessed God's oracles.

Romans 9:4 (KJV)

4Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants,

and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

2. The oracles of God are the Holy Scriptures of God

The Bible is a Jewish book which reveals a Jewish God, a Jewish Savior Jesus Christ, a Jewish land, Israel, a Jewish capital Jerusalem, a Jewish throne of David, and a Jewish kingdom to come. All these truths were revealed to the Jews in the oracles of God.

3. The Jews were aware of this glorious privilege:

Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV)

7For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Deuteronomy 4:8 (KJV)

8And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

4. The Jews knew they had a God-given command and responsibility to preserve the Holy Scriptures generation by generation in an unbroken traditional text..

Psalm 78:4 (KJV)

4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

Psalm 78:5 (KJV)

5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

Psalm 78:6 (KJV)

6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

Psalm 78:7 (KJV)

7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

5. The oracles of God which were entrusted or placed in trust to the O.T. Jews, were also entrusted to His saints in N.T. churches:

Romans 3:2 (KJV)

2Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)

15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

6. The oracles of God's Scriptures were received as living oracles to share

Acts 7:38 (KJV)

38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

a. The lively oracles were received by divine revelation

b. We are born-again with this living word:

1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)

23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

c. We are born-again unto a living hope

1 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

d. We are build up as living stones in a spiritual house

1 Peter 2:5 (KJV)

5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

7. The oracles are God's Scriptures of milk & meat to nourish us.

Hebrews 5:12 (KJV)

12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

a. The oracles of God are milk for newborn babies

1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)

2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

1 Corinthians 3:1 (KJV)

1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:2 (KJV)

2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

Hebrews 5:13 (KJV)

13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

b. The oracles of God are meat for mature believers

Hebrews 5:14 (KJV)

14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

1 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV)

12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1 Corinthians 2:13 (KJV)

13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

8. God's oracles remain as God's Scriptures to be preached by us

a. Our preaching must be as the oracles of God

1 Peter 4:11 (KJV)

11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

      b. Our preaching must be the received word of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

c. Our preaching must be the traditional text as preserved by believers in churches.

1 Thessalonians 2:14 (KJV)

14For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)

15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Like O.T. Jews who preserved their text generation by generation, N.T. Christians believe and follow the preserved, traditional, received text of the churches of God down through the centuries.

A. The Question of Jewish blessings from God v. 1

B. The Quantity and Quality of Jewish blessings from God v. 2

C. The Quandary about Jewish blessings from God v. 3,4

1.. Unbelief does not change or negate God's oracles of truth

Romans 3:3 (KJV)

3For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Unbelief in God's words changes neither the facts or faith God has revealed.

Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)

11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Numbers 23:19 (KJV)

19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

2 Timothy 2:13 (KJV)

13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)

2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

1.. Unbelief does not change or negate God's oracles of truth

2. Unbelief does not change or negate God's person as true v. 4

Romans 3:4 (KJV)

4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

a. King David emphasized this truth when he confessed his sins

Psalm 51:4 (KJV)

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

      b. God cannot lie:

Hebrews 6:13 (KJV)

13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

Hebrews 6:14 (KJV)

14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

Hebrews 6:15 (KJV)

15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Hebrews 6:16 (KJV)

16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Hebrews 6:17 (KJV)

17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

Hebrews 6:18 (KJV)

18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Deuteronomy 32:4 (KJV)

4He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Psalm 138:2 (KJV)

2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

John 3:33 (KJV)

33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Closing:application:

1. The wrath of God is revealed against all who hold God's truth in unrighteousness:

Romans 1:18 (KJV)

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

2. Holding God's truth in unbelief is holding God's truth in unrighteousness.

Romans 3:3 (KJV)

3For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

If unbelief of God's oracles by the O.T. Jews did not alter God's facts or faith, how can higher or lower criticism by so-called N.T. Christians alter God's facts or faith today?

On the contrary, Their unbelief only confirms their sinful position of abiding under God's wrath for holding God's truth in unrighteousness.

This is why we should stand up and say with Paul:

Romans 1:16 (KJV)

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)

17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Unbelief in any part of God's Holy Scripture is the antithesis or direct opposite of faith. Therefore, just as faith in God's word reveals God's righteousness, unbelief in God's word reveals God's wrath for holding God's truth in unrighteousness.

3. Holding God's truth in unbelief is holding God's person to be a liar.

Romans 3:4 (KJV)

4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Unbelief in God's Holy Scripture proves ungodliness and unrighteousness in men for holding God's person to be a liar. As the psalmist said in Psalm 138:2: "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."

For man to understate, undervalue, cast doubt upon or deny any portion of God's word is to question or deny the veracity of God's name and person.

4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar...." Anyone who denies any part of God's oracles concerning His person, work, or word is a liar! I believe anyone who denies a single book, chapter, verse or word of the Bible I hold in my hands is a liar.God will judge him or her some day with the very words they deny.

John 12:48 (KJV)

48He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

"All our hopes for eternity, the very foundation of faith; our nearest and dearest consolations, are taken from us, if one line of that sacred book (the Bible) be declared unfaithful or untrustworthy." (Excerpt from Protest of the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England in united protest to Bishop Colenso, 1863).

We know absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have forgiveness of sins and eternal life through faith in God's record concerning His Son!!

1 John 5:12 (KJV)

12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:13 (KJV)

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (Bold Print Added for Emphasis)
 

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