Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Commit vs Deposit

Do you agree that when 2 Timothy 1:12 in the King James Bible (KJB) uses the phrase “Kept that which I’ve committed to Him” it would be so much better to have it interpreted “kept my deposit” referring to the Mystery that was revealed to Paul and not his salvation.  Do you agree?

2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I [Paul] also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

“Do I agree?”   It boils down to a question of authority.  Is that me?  Is it you?  Am I going to trust someone’s opinion about what word would be better over all those godly men who knew the English language better than any of us?  Not only that, but they knew the original Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew better than anyone today.  If we try to improve the language of the KJB, then who becomes the authority?  It has already been proven that God has used the KJB ever since it was published in 1611 to bless the world.

The passage in question has to do with those things that Paul did and labored for in the Lord Jesus for the mystery of Christ that were abounding to his account.

Think about the word “deposit” versus the word “commitment.”  Now, think about relationships, like husband and wife.  Would your spouse and children want you to ‘deposit a little time’ with them now and then?  Or, would they want you to commit yourself to them?  The word “commitment” has more gravity than “deposit.”  It carries the weight of a sacred trust with extreme value…

John 5:22
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust [Paul’s gospel and the revelation of the mystery], avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

…or something with dire consequences, as in sins that are committed.

Ezekiel 33:18
When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

Romans 1:32a
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death,

Sin is a grave thing with dire consequences.

Genesis 39:8
But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

This is the first time “committed” is used in scripture.  Joseph could not betray Potiphar who had committed all that he had to his hand.  The very first time the word is used in scripture we see the gravity of the situation.  Joseph was not going to have a fling with the man’s wife and give up his trust.  Potiphar had committed everything to Joseph.  It was a sacred trust of value that carried a dire and grave consequence if broken.  Joseph appreciated that.  It was far more than just a deposit.  You can see the value of these words.  Joseph was imprisoned because Potiphar’s wife lied about him.

Joseph was again put in charge of everything – another sacred trust with more value and with the attached dire consequences for breaking that trust than simply a deposit.

Genesis 39:22
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

The use of “committed” is so consistent in scripture.  My wife is a Sunday School teacher for the kids under 8 years old and she has to ‘dumb down’ the word so that they can understand.  They’re babies; but we are adults.  If you can understand sixth grade English, you can understand the KJB.  But you have to study!  The translators used specific words for a reason.  One needs to look at and study out how each word is used throughout scripture to gain understanding.

(For example, Paul used the term “falling away” rather than departure in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 because it has to do with Israel and the prophetic program.  We need to thank God for that, because if he had used “departure” it would have been confusing.  Israel’s falling away had dire consequences.)

Let me show you how Paul uses the word “commitment”.

Romans 3:1-2
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

The first time Paul uses the word “commitment”, he says that unto the Jews were committed the word of God.  Now, that’s a big deal!  There is a sacred trust, something of tremendous value and dire consequence.  God entrusted his word to the people of Israel.  There is a real commitment in this.  Which has more weight – that God would commit his word to Israel, or deposit his word with them?

1 Corinthians 9:17
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Think about that.  The most important thing in the last 2,000 years is the dispensation of the gospel of grace which was committed unto the apostle Paul.  God didn’t just deposit it with Paul, he committed it to him.  There is a consequence attached to it and Paul knew that. 

1 Corinthians 10:8
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

He uses an example from the nation of Israel.  Committing sins will result in dire consequences. 

2 Corinthians 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

This is something that is important in the mind of Almighty God.  The most important thing is this gospel of grace.

Galatians 2:7
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

This is the gospel of the uncircumcision committed unto Paul – a sacred trust of immense value and that also comes with dire consequences.

Romans 5:21
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

It is a matter of life and death.

1 Timothy 1:11
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Again, there is that sacred trust.

Titus 1:3
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

The commandment of Almighty God for this dispensation of grace was that the gospel of grace and the doctrine of the mystery of grace be committed unto the apostle Paul and for him to give it to others.

2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Paul is saying that he has been suffering for Christ’s sake all these years.  He didn’t just deposit something with the Lord; he committed it unto him.  The Lord committed something to me and I committed something to him and I’m going to get that back at the judgment seat of Christ.  So we can see the gravity attached to the word “committed” over and over again.

The KJB does not water down or dumb down the intended meaning of the writer.  The new versions do that, supposedly to make the bible easier to understand; but God’s will is for us to study his word.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

He wants us to search the scriptures.  God did not make his word just to be read as a devotional.  He made his word to be studied, searched out, and dug into in depth.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are to be workmen…meaning, it takes some effort.  My vocabulary has increased since I started using the KJB.  My understanding of words has increased.  Many words in the KJB are still in use today, particularly in legal and forensic settings.  There is a depth and richness to the old English words used in the KJB.

Psalm 119:50
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Psalm 119:89
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

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