The Lord has preserved His Word
26 April 2019
The Lord has preserved His Word: The doctrine of Holy Scripture, its providential preservation and its faithful translation.
By Dr J. Cammenga, Editorial Consultant of the Trinitarian Bible Society
‘Preservation is both doctrinally true and historically real. God has preserved His Word intact. He promised He would (as, for instance, in Isaiah 59.21), and He will continue to do so forever. He does it historically, moreover, in ways that are sufficiently transparent and specific. In the wisdom of God, most of the New Testament text was first largely addressed to, and then preserved by, the Greek-speaking churches around the Aegean Sea. In its printed form the version in which it has been preserved and published, since (and due to) His gracious work in the Reformation, is in the Received Text family of the Majority Text tradition, which is supported by the vast majority of the extant manuscripts, Church Fathers, lectionaries, and early Bible versions. When the truth of Scripture is accepted, this twin-facetted actual preservation seems a natural, logical, and acceptable result. Therefore, having weighed the arguments and considered the facts, the Trinitarian Bible Society believes that the New Testament Scriptures have been best preserved in this tradition. Manuscripts may vary within or among themselves. But the Word of God is invariable; it is eternally immutable. Because it is forever settled in heaven, not one jot or tittle will pass from it till all its words are fulfilled. So, till heaven and earth pass away, the Word of God, this Scripture, cannot be broken.’
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