John 17:13-14 – The Word Given by Jesus, “And now come I to thee, and these things I speake in the world, that they might haue my ioy fulfilled in themselues. I haue giuen them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, euen as I am not of the world.”
Jesus prays to the Father, “I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them…”, how is it possible that the world can hate you just because of God’s word? Yet this is the prayer that Jesus prays on our behalf for he has already expressed to those that are his followers that we will receive in this physical world the same treatment that he received. This is a daunting thought that we face everyday what Jesus faced everyday!
God’s word, ALL OF GOD’S WORD, is what is needed for the followers of Jesus Christ! The Scriptures are clear that we are not to change the Word of God or there will be consequences to those that choose to do that (Revelation 22:19). Just a single word replacement in a verse can make a dramatic difference in our understanding that is reflective on the entire word of God.
Example: Jesus is our salvation, it comes to us through his death upon the cross, as he said from the cross, “It is finished.” Our salvation is not our doing nor our choosing, it is our recognition that Jesus is the Christ and our salvation is secure, we only need to believe that truth and our faith is established when we have an experience with the living Christ. Galatians 2:16, 1611 KJV, says, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the Law: for by the works of the Law shall no flesh by justified.” We cannot earn our salvation it is not possible, if it were so, then Jesus would not have had to come and die on our behalf. NIV translation of vs. 16: “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” (Note that as you read this verse from the separate translations there are more than just the words I have highlighted that have been changed.)
My point today is that changing the word ‘of’ for ‘in’ can have a dramatic effect on your understanding of salvation, which for all practical purposes can potentially taint how you comprehend the rest of the Scriptures. God didn’t warn us for no reason to not mess with His Word, it is a warning that has eternal implications. “And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth, shall make you free.” (Not ‘set’ you free)