Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. – Proverbs 30:5
This precious proverb gives confidence and hope in a dangerous and deceitful world. Only the Bible, God’s words to man, has perfect truth from its first word to its last. If you follow its instructions, you can be saved from pain and trouble and obtain God’s rewards (Ps 19:7-11). If you trust Him and His words, He will personally protect and defend you.
A word is the smallest component of language that carries meaning. In God’s inspired Scriptures, every word is specially chosen for value. He has purified His inspired words very carefully – as silver purified seven times in a refining fire – until they are perfectly pure (Ps 12:6). And He will bless and protect any person that trusts Him and His words.
David expressed the sense of this proverb with these words: “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” – Psalm 18:30. God’s way is perfect; He has examined and perfected His word; He will protect those that trust Him. How do you trust God? You believe the things He has written.
Do not question God’s words. He has magnified His word above all His name, and He will not forgive any tampering with it (Ps 138:2; Rev 22:18-19). Satan’s questioning of God’s words ruined mankind (Gen 3:1), for which he is the father of lies (John 8:44). God mocks and ridicules textual critics and Bible skeptics (I Cor 1:19-20; I Tim 6:20-21).
Do you have a word-perfect Bible? Do you trust each word? Do you value the statements of Scripture as pure and right, so that you hate every contrary opinion (Ps 119:128; Is 8:20)? Can you say with David, “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it” (Ps 119:140)? And, “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” – Psalm 119:113?
Jesus and Paul had word-perfect Bibles, and they never saw or heard about the originals. Any person referring to originals is either confused or lying. The originals were never in a book for anyone to use. They were never appealed to by anyone for any matter. And the Bible itself never recommended their use. Copies, translations, copies of translations, and translations of copies have always been used. You just need to find God’s Bible.
Consider how Jesus used copies and translations. He defended the resurrection by “am” (Matt 22:31-33), and He declared His deity by the same word (John 8:58). He argued for His divinity from the noun “lord” (Matt 22:41-46). And He rebuked the Jews by the noun “gods,” when He declared that the Bible’s words cannot be broken (John 10:33-36).
What about Paul? He defended salvation by grace and the spiritual promises to Abraham by the difference between the singular and plural of “seed” (Gal 3:16). Paul knew God’s Scriptures used the singular “seed” in all promises to Abraham, as Genesis 12:7; 13:15-16; 15:5,13,18; 17:8-10,19; 21:12; 22:17-18; 24:7. To their shame and condemnation, modern versions corrupt God’s “seed,” flagrantly and profanely destroying Paul’s lesson.
Did Paul truly trust every word of God? He sure did. He based his argument for the end of the old covenant on the integrity and meaning of the word “new” (Heb 8:13) and the three words “yet once more” (Heb 12:26-27). And He exalted God’s role in your salvation by changing from the active to the passive voice of the verb “know” (Gal 4:9). There are at least twelve more such one-word arguments in the New Testament.
Do you trust your Bible like Jesus and Paul trusted theirs? Do you have the Bible you can trust? Since the English Revised Version (1881), new Bibles appear at the rate of one per year. They add words, delete words, and change words to defy God’s inspiration and preservation of pure words. The textual critics and profane skeptics behind these versions do not trust God or His words; they trust themselves and their natural thinking instead.
Do you trust what the Bible’s words teach? Do you train your children like God says (Pr 29:15)? Give sexual due benevolence often (I Cor 7:1-5)? Practice firstfruits giving (Proverbs 3:9-10)? Reject the company of fools (Pr 14:7)? Submit to your husband (Eph 5:22-24)? Obey all ordinances of civil government (I Pet 2:13-17)? Give thanks in everything (I Thess 5:18)? Reject all bitterness (Eph 4:31-32)? Always speak with grace (Col 4:6)? Joyfully love your wife (Pr 5:19; Eccl 9:9)? Hate spending in order to save (Pr 21:30)?
The purest trust in God is your trust of His words that affect your life (John 14:23-24; I John 2:3-5). It is easy to speak of trusting God as a fair Being, but the true test of your faith is your willingness to alter your life now and trust Him for eternal life to come. If you trust His words about this life and the next, He will be a protecting shield to you.
Are you attending a church where every pure word of God is preached (II Tim 4:1-4)? Or are the services filled with entertainment and the sermons with fables and illustrations? It is your duty to find a church where every word of God is preached with confidence and conviction. For man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4).
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. – Proverbs 4:14-17
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