Monday, June 13, 2011

His Excellency stands alone!

I am wondering if you have other verses like Acts 3:26 which in the KJB magnify the deity of Christ but in some other versions diminish it?

Acts 3:26
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.   King James Bible (KJB)

Acts 3:26
When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” (NIV)

Acts 3:26
God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness."  (ESV)

Acts 3:26
Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities. (ASV)

Acts 3:26
And so God chose his Servant and sent him to you first, to bless you by making every one of you turn away from your wicked ways.  (GNT)

Yes, I have other passages from scripture that diminish the deity/authority of our Lord Jesus Christ in other versions just like in Acts 3:26.

I have about 15 right here as I open up a copy of the New International Version (NIV).  We'll start with this one...

Acts 3:13
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. (KJB)

...versus the NIV rendering of the same verse.

Acts 3:13
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.  (NIV)

Again, in the other versions he is called a servant, not a son, which takes away from his deity!

Acts 4:27
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

The newer version changes "child" to servant, thus taking away from his deity as God's Son.

(As we go along, only the KJB verses will be shown, you may study out and verify the rest on your own.) 

Same thing in…

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

Since the Lord Jesus Christ is God, and only God, himself, can save...

Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

...then why would a whole verse in Matthew be omitted and not in the newer versions?   This verse shows how our Lord is the God of the Old Testament and that he came to save mankind, but it is NOT in the newer versions.

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

The NIV omits this verse (however, includes it in the ‘non-inspired’ footnotes)….

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Why would the other versions take out the one thing that a person needed to believe in order to be saved in that program?

Another verse proving that Jesus Christ is God, yet that proof is omitted in other versions

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Check it out for yourself!

If Jesus is God (and he is!), then he can tell you what is happening down in hell. Yet try to find that information in the NIV.  Note the differences between KJB and NIV in Mark 9:43-49, especially verses 44, 46, and 48, which all contain the same text in the KJB but are omitted in the NIV. 

 Mark 9:44, 46, 48
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Next, is another verse missing in modern showing only God can impose eternal judgment on men.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Other versions deny by omission that God came in the flesh in the person of the Lord Jesus.

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The thief on the cross confesses Jesus as "Lord" in the King James bible, but not in the newer "modern" versions.

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

The KJB properly states “Joseph,” showing that he was not Jesus’ biological father, as he was conceived by the Holy Ghost. Yet, the newer versions say "His father and his mother.”

And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

Same principle applies elsewhere, as they include him in the ambiguous term of ‘parents’ whereas the KJB again accurately and specifically designate him as simply ‘Joseph!’

And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

We see an attack on the diety of Christ in the old testament, as well.  When Nebby throws the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, but he looks in and sees ‘a fourth.’  The KJB exalts that ‘fourth’ personage as the ‘Son of God.’  But the NIV demotes him to simply one of the ‘gods.’ 

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

This is a "pre-incarnate" appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, but such is not verifiable in the newer versions.  They state, "He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."  The term "gods" is a designation of angels in the old testament.  Jesus Christ is not a mere angel, but himself, "the very God," the Son!  

Regarding the judgment seat of Christ, new versions don't define who this "God" is that presides in judgment of the believers.  But we know who this is because the KJB clearly specifies it for us. Comparing spiritual with spiritual, we see that the Holy Spirit equates the Lord Jesus Christ with God!

…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

Again, if it weren’t for the KJB, we would not know who, in particular, who will be sitting behind the bench

Let me end with just one more, among the myriad of examples showing the excellency of the King James…

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But the newer versions say, "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,” (ESV). That is not what the KJB says! Christ did think equality with God (the Father) something to be grasped!

Does every word matter?   What saith the scriptures?   Consider the verses above and see whether those things are so.  

Hopefully this helps! 

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