Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The King reigns in excellency

I believe that the KJV is the only authorized English version to use but can't understand the use of the word "gods" in lieu of “God” in…

Genesis 3:5
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Can you elaborate on that for me?

Unlike the NKJV where “God” is incorrectly used, the term "gods" is perfectly preserved in the KJV because Satan is not trying to tempt them to be like "God" the Creator, as they were already like him!  That is, they had "god-likeness,” or godliness. Satan was tempting her with not being like "God," but like the "gods" or the angels. In the bible, angels are also known as "gods."

These passages are referring to and talking about angels!

Exodus 22:28
Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.
Psalm 82:1
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

Psalm 138:1
I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee

Adam and Eve were already the son and daughter of God, and therefore like their Father.

Luke 3:38
Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

But as a "son," Adam (and Eve) was to depend on the word of their Father, like the Lord Jesus Christ did. It was a form of worship.

John 14:24
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.

Matthew 4:8-10
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Satan wanted to keep them from depending on God, their Father, and to depend on "themselves" (but, which really amounted to listening to his word) like he and the fallen angels do. In essence, he tempted them to actually be less than they actually were—the same thing he does with us today in the church, the body of Christ!

Galatians 4:9
But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

So the reason that the KJV uses "gods," and not "God" like the NKJV, it is because God is not the issue in the temptation, the angels are.


Psalm 12:6-7
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.

Hopefully this helps!

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