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Although he holds in his hands the printer’s proof, he has not yet seen proof of God’s blessing on what he holds.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."


Cowden International © 2013 John Cowden

Pure Silver

John CowdenThe year is 1611. An unknown apprentice in a print-shop near Cambridge holds in his hands the first proof copy of that greatest of all books. Certainly he can be excused for failing to realize that he is gazing upon nothing less than God's inspired, preserved, purified, and perfect words. Although he holds in his hands the printer’s proof, he has not yet seen proof of God’s blessing on what he holds.

Dear friend, you have access to over four centuries of infallible proofs of the identity of the inerrant words of God. With evidence so clear, with historical proof so overwhelming, with spiritual confirmation so consistent, only through arrogance or ignorance would a man presume to alter a single syllable of the pure silver of God's words.

 Scholarly ability is not a requirement for a Christian to recognize the inspired words of God. Describing the Seed as the Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ finished his explanation of the Parable of the Sower with these words recorded by Luke in his gospel, chapter eight, verse fifteen:

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

 Beloved, the unregenerate heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. An honest and good heart can only result from the New Birth. The heart born again of incorruptible seed by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever should rejoice to acknowledge the purity of every word of God. God promised to keep his words, and he has! Having found God's words, can you, out of an honest and good heart, do aught else than keep them?

The Ubiquity of the English Bible

One of the most remarkable things about the English Authorized Version, called in America the King James Bible, is that it is not the "property" of any sector of human society, public or private, and submits to the authority of no earthly domain.

Hence The Book is subject to neither the influence nor the ownership of individuals or special interest groups, be they political powers, church denominations, doctrinal persuasions, or academic cultures.

The absence of any legal copyright attests to the ubiquitous nature of this unique book, as does its universal acceptance by the literary world as one of the classics of all time, more eclectic than even Homer or Shakespeare.

So marvelously metered and perfectly balanced in its etymology, the very text itself fixed English, the present universal language, at the epitome of its expressive form; and it has become inextricably interwoven in the fabric of modem thought and communication.

Typical of its sublime simplicity and timeless beauty are such majestic words as "And it came to pass in those days" or "Let there be light" or "God was manifest in the flesh", Therefore, in submitting to the authority of the English Bible, a believer does not – yea cannot – relinquish so much as a widow's mite worth of self-determinant individualism to any earthly force.

To acknowledge the inerrancy of this most noble of books is to bow before its Author alone.

1. Where Were God's Words In The Past?
2. Heaven and Earth Shall Pass Away . . .
3. Unto the Pure All Things Are Pure
4. The Word Is Nigh Thee
5. Sevenfold Purification Requires Blood
6. Seven Times Through A Furnace of Earth
7. Pure Silver

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