From: Bob Williams
The prior post left with the question of whether all the various Bible versions contain the same truth. We briefly considered the issues of the Bible being the Word of God and that God is true to His Word.
Since God is Truth we can believe Him when He tells us in Psalms 119:89, “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” God had His Word in mind from eternity past and will keep it in eternity future. How? By putting those words in a book as Isaiah 30:8 tells us: “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.” Furthermore, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them,O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:6-7)
These verses indicate God’s plan is to not only give us His Word, but preserve that Word throughout all eternity. Since they were destroyed long ago, it is obvious God did not use the original manuscripts as the vehicle through which preservation would take place. It is God’s design to preserve His Word through a multiplicity of accurate, reliable copies that are just as authoritative as the original. Jesus Christ expressed this attitude regarding the copies that were available to Him. In Luke 4:16-21 He accepted the copy that He read the prophet Isaiah out of as authoritative as the original by referring to it as Scripture. There are many similar passages in the Bible to support this attitude.
Mobility is the primary reason for preservation taking place through a multiplicity of copies. There is evidence throughout the Bible of copies being made and read. For example, Paul’s letters were to be read, copied and distributed: “And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.“ (Colossians 4:16) Paul also states: “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.” (1Thes. 5:27) 2Peter 3:16 provides evidence that the Jewish believers had copies of all Paul’s epistles, with Peter adding validity by including them with the “other scriptures.”
God never intended for His Word only be read, studied and possessed by the fortunate few who have the original. It would have been a waste of God’s time to supernaturally inspire a perfect Book without supernaturally preserving it. There is a reason your Bible is called Holy.