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Truth that can only be found in the King James Bible #57
When the Revised Version of 1881 was published, the speculation of Westcott & Hort was written into the text. The agreement was that America would not publish a Bible based on that text for twenty years, and so it was in 1901 that the ASV brought their speculation to our shores. The W&H speculation continues to this day in the New American Standard and the New International Version.
It was thought by W&H that Romans 8:1 was actually a mistaken conflation of that verse with verse four due to human copyist error. Pastor CR Stam of the Berean Babble Society bought into the W&H speculation as you can see for yourself in Stam's commentary pages 368-
And here is the same verse in the new Bible Translations:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. ASV
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. NASV
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. NIV
Pastor Stam and many others were confused by the verse in the King James Bible, thinking that it required a 'walk' to avoid condemnation, hence works rather than grace. That would make sense if the verse was about salvation, but it is a verse about service. Salvation was dealt with in Romans Chapters Three through Five, being dead to the old man and alive in Christ was the theme of Chapter Six and being freed from the law was carefully taught in Chapter Seven.
You might have thought that the King James statement that "There is therefore now" would cause the critics to look at the previous chapters rather than cut the verse in half and speculate as to why that would be the right thing to do.
The funny thing is that when you cut Romans 8:1 in half you really don't solve the problem because there it is again in Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
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Mr McLean, I have heard several grace/Pauline preachers who have struggled to explain verses that are difficult and seem to say things contrary to Paul’s teaching. What troubles me is that if there is no good explanation… that hurts my faith. How is a person supposed to deal with these feelings?
Sir, you did not provide even one example of a verse that troubles you and neither did you name any of the inept teachers you have been listening to. You are a perfect example of why we need Bible-
Who wrote the passage and to whom?
You’re getting this, aren’t you?
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery
It shall greatly help ye to understand the Scriptures if thou mark not only what is written, but of whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after. Coverdale
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