John 16: 4-6 – Jesus Speaks, Are we Listening; “But these things haue I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not vnto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I goe my way to him that sent mee, and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I haue saide these things vnto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.”
Jesus spoke to his disciples about things that he knew were to happen, so that when those things occurred the disciples would remember what Jesus had said and they would have understanding. Should we believe the words spoken by Jesus to those closest to him, whom he taught every day concerning the truth of God? It is vitally important that these words are translated so we understand in the same way they did.
In Acts 11:26 we read that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch. This is where Saul (Paul) came to learn, as where many that were taught by the disciples including those that were in mission with the disciples. All the letters and documents that were used to teach about Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, were collected there throughout the years, it was a center for spreading the gospel message concerning Jesus Christ. Then during the Middle Ages the Turks ran the Greek Christians out and they went west with their documents, This collection became part of what would be known as the Textus Recptus aka the “Received Text”. This text is what fell into the hands of the reformers at the beginning of the reformation; Erasmus compiled them and Tyndale, Luther, Swingley, and others used them as the basis of translation into the languages of those whom they taught.
The Textus Recptus is what was used by the translators of the Authorized Version of the King James 1611 Holy Bible (AV). This was no ordinary bible, it weighed 16 lbs. and 11 ounces, its pages measured 16x11. Even today, bibles “claim” the original KJV to be the Standard against which they are compared. It is the only Bible referred to by the year it was originally printed. More details to come in next month’s Daily Bible Readings.