This is a lesson I taught Sunday afternoon, 7-26-20.
In order to properly answer the question of suffering, we must first begin where the Bible begins: with the authority which God possesses as our Creator.
How can the Modernist appeal to sola Scriptura when his Scriptura is constantly in a state of flux? Which Scripture is alone the foundation and rule of faith, life, and worship? Is it the NA27 or the NA28?
Just as God was careful to inspire the original text of Scripture, so was he careful to preserve that text for his people.
The purpose of this article is to provide a very brief overview of the data, and to demonstrate that a proper (i.e., confessional) analysis of that data leads to the indisputable fact that the last twelve verses of Mark are in fact inspired and authoritative.
In summary, the Confessional Text position holds that the Word of God was (and is) providentially preserved by God's special care and providence to the extent that the Scripture was kept pure in all ages.
Since God inspired and preserved the text of Scripture down through the ages, we can know with absolutely certainty that the Scriptures are the very Word of God. Therefore, we may rest assured in the hope of the gospel that has been passed down to us in the Bible.
In other words, if at any point in time the Word of God was not kept pure, then the promise of God was left unfulfilled. This is why Owen said that the principal of treating the Scripture simply as an ancient document borders on atheism.
In the Authorized (King James) Version, the verse is translated: “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.” We can contrast that with the reading of the ESV, which follows the modern critical text: “Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.” Which is it?
The priority of the Christian must be to answer the problem from the teaching of Scripture; our answer must not merely be rational, but it must be consistent with the self-revelation which the Lord God has given to us.