WEDNESDAY September 6, 2017
…to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. - 1 Corinthians 1:2
The Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus. He was a Roman citizen of high stature. Tarsus was located on the south east coast of Asia Minor. Today it is known as modern Turkey. Being born in Tarsus Paul had a great advantage. He was certainly fluent in the Greek language; which at that time was the best known language of the day. Paul also spoke in Aramaic. It is no surprise that God inspired Paul to write all of his 14 letters in Greek, to reach throughout the whole Roman Empire.
Paul had also gone to Jerusalem where he sat under the teachings of Gamaliel. He knew Hebrew, the language used by the prophets, to write the Old Testament. In whatever place he went, Paul, with his unique background had the perfect balance to be able to teach both the Jew and the Gentile.
The Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Think of all the different translations we now have; NIV, NLT, NET, but within them, there are changes that have been made from the original language. Some Bibles have deletions, so we do not understand what was said in the original language. These versions are watering down God’s Word so that we do not get the full meaning. We cannot water down God’s Word. We have to speak God’s Word exactly how it was written.
This is why we have to study, pray and use the Strong’s and Young’s concordances to look up words and examine the passages in their original language. We want to be correct in teaching the truth. Otherwise we are changing what was given to us. If we deviated from the truth we are teaching false doctrine. Paul never changed what was given to him.
Well knowing that the Scriptures are perfect as dictated (or spoken) by the Word of God, and his Spirit, a heavy punishment awaits those who add to, or take from, the Scriptures.
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