Let me say a few words on writings of the Spirit that come from God and may be committed to believers young and old.
The Old Testament is called the “scriptures”, the “writings of the prophets” or the “Tanach” and is reliable. The grace of God allows a person to accept the one true gospel in its entirety. The one true gospel is the Mashiach, who is Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the Tanach, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Tanach (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6). After grace comes to a person that which was rejected is accepted – the gospel, and according to the scriptures (Old Testament). When grace first comes to all, the question of the Ethiopian eunuch in the letter called “Acts of the Apostles” concerning all the entire Old Testament is answered, “Who do the prophets speak of, themself or some other man?” Grace from the point in time of conversion declares, “The prophets speak of Yeshua”.
I will always commit to believers the entire Old Testament without reservations with two exceptions. One passage that is an exception is Daniel, chapter 11. It does not fit the pattern of prophecy. I have put it aside in my study of the Old Testament. God has not had me return to it and pick it up. The passage covers many generations in unusual detail. This is not the pattern of prophecy. The other exception is Daniel 8 and once again it does not fit the pattern of prophecy. It covers the generations from the time of the Medo-Persian and the Greek civilizations. Notice that these two chapters of Daniel are also out of chronological order. At the end of chapter 5 Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, is slain. Darius the Mede takes over the kingdom of Babylon when he was about 62 years old. Chapter 7 reverts back to the first year of Belshazzar and should be between chapters 4 & 5. Chapter 8 begins in the 3rd year of Belshazzar with the interpretation of the dream which is concerning the kings of the Medes and Persians and the king of Greece. Belshazzar at this time was to be concerned about the kings of the Medes and Persians only. For Babylon was taken in his death. The king of the Greeks, Alexander, would take the Persian empire and Babylon about 334 BC. All that is written as far as spiritual words in chapters 8 & 11 are found in other prophecies in Daniel (chapter 9 & 12) and no spiritual understanding concerning the Mashiach is omitted. This also puts to the side the 2300 days which has no witness in the scriptures concerning its meaning. Daniel 11 fits the mystic writings of the Jews and was most likely written after the events occurred, circa 100 BC. If Daniel 11 is put aside, the words of Daniel chapter 10 & 12, fit together. Read the two chapters consecutively. All said I have put these two chapters, (Daniel 8 & 11) aside and committed them to God. It has been many years since I have read these passages. I do not remember for sure the last time I have read them.
There will be a time in the study of the Old and New Testament when the Septuagint (LXX) must be read. In the study of the New Testament as the quotations of the Old Testament are examined, it will be found that the words are different, changed or in some cases missing in comparison to the KJV Old Testament. The KJV of the Old Testament is primarily translated from the Hebrew, but not exclusively. The reason for different, changed or missing quotes, is the quotations found in the New Testament are almost exclusively quoted from the Greek version of the Old Testament. As the scriptures (Old Testament) are searched and to answer any questions about Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, the reading of the Septuagint (LXX) is needed for an answer. The LXX is the Greek translation of the Hebrew text. It was a translation written prior to the birth of the Mashiach. The LXX also includes other books called the Apocrypha. I commit only the “Prayer of Manassah” to believers because there is a witness to it in the Old Testament (2 Chron 33:18-19). The other books (Apocrypha) may be used for historical information, but I do not commit them to believers as the rest. False doctrines have come from these writings, although the scriptures can be twisted in all places.
I would strongly recommend for all languages the King James Version (KJV) be read or a translation based on it, because in its entirety is most closely follows the writing of the original tongue of the Old Testament, Hebrew, and the New Testament, Greek.
To the New Testament I say judge all its writings by the one true gospel, and do not accept them as the Old Testament is accepted by grace, as prophecies concerning the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. I have judged the New Testament in its entirety by the one true gospel and find it true and sure with two exceptions. In Matthew 28 (the Great Commission) and 1 John 5, there are two allusions to the doctrine called “the trinity”. The trinity is a man-made doctrine derived from philosophy to explain God, to understand God with the carnal mind. It is earthy and fleshly. God is not a doctrine. I will simply state that God reveals Himself as the Father and the Son. Read the prophecy of Avraham offering Isaac on the altar as the eternal purpose of God in the Mashiach is revealed. Our fellowship is with the Father and the Son. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Mashiach. The Spirit proceeds from the Father who gave His Spirit through the Son to the assembly. I declare the Father whose Spirit zealously testifies of the Son, the Mashiach, who is Yeshua of Nazareth raised from the dead. This is the true God, not dead doctrine that has no life. The Father declares the Son, Creator of the universe, as the Son declares the Father as the Creator. Together through the Father and the Son, God is. The one God is the creator of all things, and I know Him through the persons of the Father and the Son. Then to the passage in 1 John 5:7-8, it is omitted in the vast majority of manuscripts and should be rejected. If this passage is rejected, then Matthew 28 stands on its own, and has no witness in the New Testament to God being three persons. The passage in Matthew 28 should be contrasted with Mark 16. Mark 16 should have the preemminence. Again, I do not declare God through dead doctrine, but declare Him as the living God, the Father, whose Spirit proceeds from Him to the Son in the resurrection, and as the Son, who gives gifts to the assembly by the Spirit of the Father. The contentious ones will always be contentious.
As far as the writers of the New Testament, I have judged all their writings by the one true gospel and I have found them true and sure except for the previous mentioned two exceptions. Jdge my words by the one true gospel, so they will be sure and true to you. God is the teacher. I have found all the writers of the New Testament by the gospel to be my brothers in the Mashiach, all of them, all the apostolos. And their writings I can commit to all believers everywhere. Unlike, Martin Luther, who called the letter of James, the “epistle of straw”, I find James my brother in the Mashiach and judged by the gospel, his writings can be committed to all believers everywhere. I do not commit any of the writings of Martin Luther to believers.
One more note, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are not gospels. The gospel is contained in them (Luke 24 for example), but they are not the gospel. They are letters written to believers as all the books of the New Testament. The New Testament is not “the scriptures of the prophets”. When Paul writes in 2nd Timothy, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”, he is not talking about the New Testament, only the Old. When Peter writes in 2nd Peter, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation”, he is not writing about the New Testament but only the Old. (Please, I know what 2 Peter 3 reads, and Paul’s writings are letters written to the assemblies and again, not the scriptures.) The New Testament is the understanding of the Old Testament as the Spirit of the Father though the prophecies of the Old testifies of the Mashiach death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. All believers chosen by God accept the gospel according to the Old Testament by the grace and Spirit given to them by God and His will. Judge the New Testament by the one true gospel through the grace and Spirit given to you. Be taught of God. And if there is anything you disagree with in the words I have written, God will teach you these things if He so permits.
Other reference books that are helpful as one grows in understanding of the Bible are the Strong’s Concordance (KJV version), an Interlinear Bible in the KJV, and Greek-English and Hebrew-English Concordances in the KJV. If you do not have access to these books, it will be my pleasure to answer all and any questions you might have, but first and foremost, let God be your teacher.
The writing called the KJV of the Bible I am able to commit to all believers. There are no other writings that I have found reliable and faithful to the one true gospel. There are innumerable Christian books but none of them, and I mean none of them, have I found reliable enough to commit to believers. I stand on these words before the Lord. I can commit the writings of this blog, “The One True Gospel”, to you to be judged by the one true gospel, and not to be accepted. I know of know other writings at this time that I would commit to believers. I have all confidence in the true grace of God and the God who is the teacher of people. He is able to teach! There is no partiality in the faith of Yeshua ha Mashiach.