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Putting words in our mouth
Have you ever “made a peace offering”? Or found a “scapegoat”? Ever been at your “wits’ end”? Or “given up the ghost”? Then the Bible has been “putting words in your mouth”!
This year is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. It’s the most widely read translation of the world’s all-time best-seller. It’s given us hundreds of words and phrases—shaping the English language more than Shakespeare or any other source.
Turning the world upside down
But it’s not just language. The Bible has shaped our culture. From scientific enquiry to the abolition of slavery; from literature and art to the flourishing of economics; from schools and hospitals to the emer-gence of modern democracy; the Bible has inspired western civilisation. Our world would be unrecognisable without this book.
And yet there is widespread ignorance about the Bible. Most people consider it a dusty rule-book or an ancient history. What is the Bible all about?
In the beginning...
The Bible begins with a loving God who made all things through His Word—Jesus Christ. He put hu-mankind at the pinnacle of His creation. We were meant to live in loving harmony with God, with each other, and with the world. It started out as paradise. But soon paradise was lost...
How the Mighty are Fallen...
The first humans—Adam and Eve—mistrusted God and wanted to go it alone. When they broke fellow-ship with God, the whole world was broken. Yet right from the beginning there was a promise...
The Old Testament—the part of the Bible written BC—spoke of Jesus. God’s Son would come as “Messiah”— meaning God’s King, full of the Holy Spirit. He would take our sins and suffering on Him-self and die as our sacrificial “scapegoat.” Then He would rise again to lead us back into perfect relation-ship with God. The Bible has always directed our hope to Jesus—the Saviour of the world.
The Good Samaritan
When Jesus came in the flesh He was the Ultimate Good Samaritan. The first four books of the New Tes-tament—the Gospels—tell the story. He saw us dying under the weight of sin and He took it all on Himself. When He “gave up the ghost” on the cross, He made the perfect “peace offering.” And He did it for you!
The rest of the Bible tells how Jesus rose from the dead to immortal, bodily life. Today, He offers this life to us spiritually. If we come to Jesus we have the gift of His Spirit, complete forgiveness, an eternal friendship with God. And when He returns to put the world to rights we will share His physical life too, forevermore.
The Truth shall set you free
If you want to know the real power of the Bible, pick it up for yourself. As you read, ask God to show you Jesus—He is the true King of the King James Bible.
Write to receive a free Gospel of John in modern language along with a free booklet called “The King’s English”. It will guide you through the Bible, showing how Jesus makes sense of it all.