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matthew 20:16

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Posted Aug 27, 2006 at 11:00:45 PM
Subject: matthew 20:16
Recently even Bible translators seem to hate to hear this bitter truth, "that only a few, and not many will be saved." This is proven by the translation of several Bible versions. King James version of 1611, generally accepted to be the most reliable shows the difference. The old Catholic Bible, Confraternity-Douay version and the Challoner-Rheims version still contained the line. But almost all of the popular versions no longer contain, "For many are called, but few chosen." Let us compare just one verse on the subject: [u]KING JAMES VERSION OF 1611[/u] MATTHEW 20:16 "So the last shall be the first, and the first last; for many be called, but few chosen." [u]THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION [/u] MATTHEW 20:16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last." [u]THE WAY Bible, CATHOLIC EDITION, WITH IMPRIMATUR BY: Leo A. Pursley, Bishop of Fort Wayne , South Bend ; NIHIL OBSTAT: Rev. Lawrence A. Gollner, Censor Librorum [/u] MATTHEW 20:16 "And so it is that the last shall be first, and the first, last." Many more popular Bible versions have omitted the lines, "for many are called, but few are chosen." [u][b]However, God will never permit His word to be tampered with without being discovered. Jesus Christ repeated the line in:[/b][/u] MATTHEW 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." [b]This line can no longer be omitted in many Bible versions without totally deleting verse 14, or substituting another. Thus, the message of our Lord, "Only a few" and "For many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" remain preserved in all Bible versions![/b] [u][b]"Many are called, but few are chosen" is like a massive rock monument that can never be shakened from its sturdy foundation[/b][/u], for that is the truth! God called His people from Egypt who were under the yoke of slavery. He delivered them from the iron hand that unrelentingly tried to hold them to the land of desperation. He dried the Red Sea for them to pass. He fed them with Manna and provided water from the rock, in order to sustain them in their forty (40) years journey in the wilderness. God's people who were called numbered six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty (603,550), excluding women and children below twenty (20) years old. But God foresaw that many of these would fall on the way, because of stubbornness: [i]DEUTERONOMY 1:34-39[/i] [b]"And the Lord heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, save Caleb... he shall see it and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord... and Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither... for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had not knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, unto them will I give it and they shall possess it."[/b]
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Posted: Aug 31, 2006 9:24:56 PM
Subject: John 17:8
The above quotes were spoken to the children of Israel of which the author, nor I, are "numbered." All men (Galatians 3:24-29) are now commanded to believe on Jesus Christ, through the words of His ambassadors (John 17:6-20). God was true to His word to the children of Israel: Listen to Him again: "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him" (Deuteronomy 18:18). Read the words of the woman from Samaria in John 4:19-25. Now read what Jesus said to her in verse 26. Interesting is it not, that his disciples were NOT in attendance at this conversation with the woman of Samaria? Note verse 8 of John, chapter 1. Now, look at verse 9 and correlate this with 2 Kings 17:24; Ezra 4:2-10. Do you see the significance? Is it any wonder John would write: "These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name" (John 20:29). Why, we didn't need Mel Gibson's multi-million dollar production "The Passion Of The Christ" after all did we? To think that Mr. Gibson was quoted: "The Holy Spirit led (me) in the making of this movie." My, the price one will put on their ego.....and then turn around and get "intoxicated" on a "liquid spirit." When reading John 17:8, what do we learn from Jesus' prayer in the upper room? "For I have given to THEM the WORDS which you you GAVE to me." Simply, that these men were to carry on His work, His teaching. He gave to His apostles authority to "remit" or "retain" sin (John 20:22-23) Familiarize yourself with their teaching: do not be led astray by men who quote Scripture. The Devil misquoted Scripture to Jesus in the wilderness: Read Matthew 4:6, then turn to Psalms 91:11-12 and see how the Devil twisted God's words. Have you ever noted how Acts 2:38 gets twisted in the vernacular of man? Jesus cannot be separated from His doctrine. You cannot have Jesus without His doctrine. We cannot know the "will" of Jesus without a study of the New Testament. He "gave His words to his apostles" (John 17:8). Without the "eyewitness" of these men, we would never know him! "Study to present thyself unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" ( 2 Timothy 2:15).

Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation, and Exegesis is the pratical appliance of the rules or principles of this science in determining the intended message of the author.

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