“Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
“It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
“Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.”
This is an interesting passage, and I believe it gives us some insight on how inspiration of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) works.
God spoke to Jeremiah – this is the original inspiration of God.
Jeremiah then spoke the words to Baruch who wrote them down. This is an inspired copy.
Notice that Baruch was not directly inspired when he wrote the words of God, but the words were still inspired by God.
I believe God inspired the King James Version translators in a similar way – though it is an inspired translation, not necessarily an inspired copy.
Even if the translators were not directly inspired, the words of God in the KJV are.
Now read verse 3 above and think about our nation – or even yourself.
God wants us to read the Bible and see all the evil things coming our way, so that we might turn from our wickedness and ask God for forgiveness.
He wants us to be saved from damnation, but he is just, so justice must be served.
If the penalty for our sin is eternal death, then someone must pay that debt.
Jesus Christ died on the cross as payment.
Imagine you committed murder and were sentenced with the death penalty. Someone steps up and actually dies in your place.
You are free to go, but you refuse to leave and end up in the electric chair anyway.
Most people would call that foolish.
I would agree. I don’t want you to pay for the sins that have already been paid for.
If you have not accepted Jesus’s payment, I would highly suggest you do so.
Pick up an inspired KJV and read the book of Romans. Read about how you, like all of us, are a sinner. Read Romans 10:9-13 to learn how to be saved from the justice you deserve.
Feel free to reach out to me, a pastor, or a Christian friend if you need help figuring it all out.
Do not put it off, for today might be your last chance.