Modern translations of the bible would have us to understand that the work of Jesus on the cross demonstrated God’s love and mercy for His creation. Because of that work salvation is available by faith alone without any requirement from the penitent believer except to receive Jesus as his/her personal savior.
In this short essay I am considering the fact that modern translations of the bible don’t always reflect the original intent the person had when they wrote. By using an older translation like the King James Version of the bible I would like to show what the original intent was concerning the work that Jesus did on the cross. I am aware that the King James Version of the bible has known problems with translations from the original manuscripts as well, nevertheless I have given my biblical quotes from it anyway because the number of translation errors are few and the ones I am using do not take away from the author’s original intent. After stating my points, I will answer them with a quote from KJV and then follow with a comparison with modern translations. Hopefully you will be able to see the corruption to these verses that the modern translators have imposed on the true meaning that the author was trying to make.
- When Jesus paid the price for redemption by dying on the cross and shedding his blood it satisfied the legal demand that God required.
Rom. 6:23 for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) Rom. 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (KJV)
Rom. 6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom. 3:24-25 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
New Living Translation
Rom. 6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 3:24-25 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,
- Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses perfectly, he then removed it and replaced it with the new law of faith. It is that law that every penitent believer must be obedient to and it is that law that made it possible for God to have mercy on us.
Heb. 10:9 then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. 10 by the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (KJV)
New International Version
Heb. 10:9-10 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
New Living Translation
Heb. 10:9-10 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
- Every person has two bodies, a physical one and a spiritual one. The only difference between Jesus and us was that the spiritual body of Jesus was not tainted with sin. His physical body hung, bled, and died on the cross as a sacrifice to God to atone for the sins of the world. His spiritual body also was crucified, but because he was sin free the grave could not hold him, and his soul was given a new spiritual body and was raised up from the grave. When a person gets baptized into Christ they are being baptized into Christ’s death spiritually. Their body of sin dies right along with Christ thus removing all their sin. Because they are in Christ they are made alive spiritually (born again) and are then lifted out of the water as a new spiritual creation to live their lives in service to God through the Spirit and not through the flesh. Jesus removes any guilt we might have over our past sins because his one perfect sacrifice atoned for our sins. Because our sins are gone and God doesn’t remember them anymore there is no reason for man to feel guilty.
1Cor. 15:42-44 so also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Rom. 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Acts 22:16 and now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
1 Peter 3:21 the like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
There are many more examples showing the unscriptural slant that modern translators have made to try to show that man is saved by faith alone but I believe these few will suffice. The question is what does one do when they realize that they have not obeyed the teaching of Jesus the way the bible states it? Read Acts 19:1-6 for the answer.