This was a blessed service to view online The topic presented is given with the dynamics of earnest exhortation, and spiritual focus, denouncing wrongs of our day while parting from the historical facts in question, and challenging the church into a more perfect way. The researched topic brings useful and instructive considerations, not commonly known.
The Quiet Christian wrote: 1. ... My wife kept asking me why they made the verses all different than what she had memorized. It was sad. ... these dynamic equivalent translations full of whatever bias. 2. You brothers know I'm publically against James VI ... 3. Where has all the stuff with KJV gone?
1. Yeah, the bias is always there tending to waterdown depth, vital doctrine, precision and truth with subtle slants.
2. The historical background of the KJV attests to the supremacy of God in working all things for his good even using the wicked to praise Him.
3. The law of demand. There is a broader market to make profit from, with the texts people 'feel nice' about. Today this is the factor that matters to many, the 'good feeling factor' by which they live, and organize their lives and priorities. Today, it does not matter as much if something is right, but if it feels nice. Many read modern versions for that reason or because *they feel* easy to the intellect.
Focussed and edifying sermon Thank you for presenting the benefits of the law of God, not as a restrictive or cumbersome bondage, but as an element of liberty protecting and delivering us from the consequences of bad decisions and the pitfalls of pernicious choices when submitting to it. Surely, "the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light" defining right from wrong for our walk. Along with Psalm 1 were we are assured how the law of God delights the righteous, the redeemed with Paul, David and Christ himself can say, "I delight in the law of God", "I delight to do thy will, O my God, thy law is within my heart."
John UK wrote: ... what caused me concern and a desire to investigate further, was the comment by Mr Calvin who obviously knew a fair bit about languages, and who said the "in me" was misleading and incorrect. And now, having checked via the Bible gateway website, it transpires that at least 18 of the modern versions reached the same conclusion as Mr Calvin, and have changed the "in me" to "to me", which thing makes more sense in the verse.
The work of regeneration attests to *in me*, as the Spirit works from within out. *to me* points rather to an impersonal/informative deal that may not include heart-dealt 'surgery', say the transformative powerful effect of conversion.
Expounding the Word realistically Demon infestation comes concelled and often is more prevalent than we attempt to assume nowadays. When and where sin abounds and the kingdom of Satan regales unchallenged through video games, Hollywood and questionable entertainment in our Western countries, the applying of the Scriptures as they are should help identify what are the real things happening. Most of the young generation is gone and lost to the indwelling of unclean spirits bounding them in darkness and utter bondage of schepticism and unbelief, after being left open to such influences. Let's be certain that the Holy Spirit does not coexist happily with the powers of darkness to which our children are passively surrendered . Young Samuel was set apart and kept protected by a godly mother; yet children today are set at bay of childminders of all sorts, mainly unsupervised screens.
Same things with different conclussions The law of God, as God himself, is alive for ever and for all, because it is part of His very essence. We are free in Christ from the *penalty* of the law, and this is what it means we are not 'under the law'. The believer, however, is made alive unto good works that coincide with this perfect law reflecting God's good will for man. The constant attempt to put the law on hold for the believer, often is an manoeuvre neoevangelicals and neocalvinists sustain to get around the fourth commandment, which by love to God's good will holds as any of the others. Other times it reflects a tendency towards free will regarding sanctification, under the slogan of being free in Christ, or of Christian *liberty*, so called .
Misrepresented truth lead into twisting meaning The law of God is ever living as God himself is, and is never put to rest or 'death', as to be annulled, beacuse it is part of God's very nature. What is obliterated in Christ's death on our behalf is the *penalty* of that law upon us. This is why is said we 'are not under the law'. By the justification in Christ we are delivered unto good works, which presicely coincide with his eternal law. Often, neo-evangelicals are interested in puting the law of God on hold because they wish to get around the fourth command. Yet the love of God should motivate any in Christ to remember it out of love as they might do with any of the other commandments. Often the use of the same terms with different meanings lead into twisted misrepresentations.