Bill,I hope that many had read that letter, last week.Yes, I agree with that teaching about "thee, thou, thine, you, ye, your".Why are there so many in churches today who want things the hard way?They read from "other" books which confound, "thee, thou, you, and ye", by only using "you".In many uses, in those "other" books, they cannot tell whether the "you" is speaking of one person, or more than one person.They have to wait for the doctors of the law and the doctors of the ancient languages to tell them.That is not the way it is to be, for only the wise and prudent to understand these things:
Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Would the wise and prudent have us to read the confounded books, so that we would need to lean on them for understanding?Or, why not let the "babes" read the book that the LORD gave to them, where the LORD himself will teach them?But that would take away some of the glory from the wise and prudent doctors of the ancient languages.So, if they can convince the "babes" that there is something wrong with the book that the LORD gave to them,and convince the "babes" that the confounded books are easier to read,and convince the "babes" that they should trust the doctors of the ancient languages,that these doctors are the only ones who can teach them what the LORD truly meant,and the only ones who can know the deep things of God,since they know the secrets of a dead language like ancient Greek.That is the same thing that I remember in the church of Rome.There was a time when their idolatrous service was still, for a large part, in Latin.The deep things of that religion were only known by the priests, who knew the dead language of ancient Latin.At that time, I wanted to study Latin, so that I too, would know the deep things of that religion.
Revelation 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
But before I knew the depths of Satan, as they speak, one came to me with the gospel.Then I heard and read the gospel, repented of the queen of heaven, and believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.And it was with the perfect, pure, preserved word of God, not with the confounded book of Rome.Some years later, I began to hear some of the doctors of the ancient languages.They tried to convince me to get rid of the perfect, pure, preserved word of God that I had in my hand.They wanted me to change it for one of the "other" books that they said were easier for me to read.It sounded a little like the priests of Rome, the ring of their words was too much the same.So I began to compare their "other" books, with the copy of the perfect, pure, preserved word of God that I had.I saw places where they would differ, especially where the book was speaking about:the virgin birth of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, about Jesus being God manifest in the flesh, and other doctrines.Then I saw that where those "other" books would differ from the perfect, pure, preserved word of God,that they would agree with the book of Rome, that my parents had given as a wedding gift, some years before.That taught me much about those "other" books.Then these two lines of scripture confirmed to me, why the perfect, pure, preserved word of God was special:
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Since I had already believed that the Holy Ghost inspired the scriptures, the words, "He shall glorify me", convinced me.Those words convinced me that the book which glorified Jesus was his book.Also, that the books which diminished Jesus' glory, were to be avoided.They diminished his glory by removing or changing words, in places, about his virgin birth, his blood, that he was God, and other doctrines.Those four words in John 16:14, "He shall glorify me", convinced me to only read the book that men call the King James..