The Word of God: Complete Certainty of Its Abiding Character

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. ~ Isaiah 59.20–2

The words which the Father has put into the mouth of the Saviour naturally embrace every other portion of the Holy Scriptures. There is no difficulty in interpreting this passage as the whole Bible.

‘My words … shall not depart out of thy mouth’ means that their significance shall never be eroded; they will never be denuded of their power; they will never disappear off the face of the earth. Such words as were put into His mouth by the Father, which remain sufficient for our salvation and were spoken by the Saviour, are ever recorded and constantly life-giving through the Holy Spirit. With John we are assured that there are ‘many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ (John 21.25). But the words which shall not depart out of the Saviour’s mouth are choice words such as the Father and the Holy Spirit have selected.

The covenant our Heavenly Father made with Christ’s people and Himself must and shall eternally remain.

So it follows that the words of Scripture will never be lost sight of. One generation shall effectively pass it on to the next, always and for ever. At no time subsequent to the writing of the New Testament and its conjunction with the Old will it be lost, because it is ‘from henceforth and for ever’. Never will the Saviour’s people, His seed, be without those words.

The preservation of the Holy Scriptures is founded upon the Father’s most binding covenant with His Son and thus with His people. Reasoning which concludes that we do not now possess the entirety of God’s word to His people is fighting against God. It is a threat to the life of the believer should it be once conceded that there are doubts about its contents.

There are those who have told us for the past two hundred years that we do not yet have a definitive edition of the Word of God. They are still struggling to reconstruct the original. If their assumptions are correct, nobody has ever yet possessed the true Scriptures. The folly of imagining that faith in Christ does not possess its core document, to which everything else must be brought to the test, beggars belief.

The Father emphatically states in these verses that there never was a time and never will be a time when the inspired Word of God in its totality has not been the possession of Christian believers. No matter what the scholarship of fallen men declares, what God says goes. If there is to be a battle in our hearts between the scholarship of the cleverest of men and the declaration of God Himself we should always entrust ourselves to God.

Quoted from the article “Complete Certainty” by Pastor M. Harley in the April-June 2021 issue (#635) of the Trinitarian Bible Societies’ Quarterly Record. This issue also contains the second part of the recent work of the TBS in printing and distributing Bibles in Cuba (hence the cover picture) – a fascinating story of how God opened that door!

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