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The impact of the King James language

You don t have to be a Christian to hear the power of those words—simple in vocabulary,cosmic in scale, stately in their rhythms, deeply emotional in their impact. Most of us might have forgotten its words, but the King James Bible has sewn itself into the fabric of the Language. If a child is ever the apple of her parents eye or an idea seems as old as the hills, if we are at deaths door or at our wits end, if we have gone through a baptism of fire or are about to bite the dust, if it seems at times that the blind are tending the blind or we are casting pearls before swine, if you are either buttering someone up or casting the first stone, the King James Bible whether we know it or not, is speaking through us. The haves and have-nots, heads on plates thieves in the night, scum of the earth, best until last, sackcl and ashes, streets paved in gold, and the skin of ones teeth: All of them have been transmitted to us by the translators who did their magnificent work 400 years ago.

This article clip from National Geographic’s December 2011 The King James Bible - making of a masterpiece

What does the word of God accomplish?

In The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible, Pastor Mike Bullmore has compiled a “representative sample” of what the Bible, itself, claims to do:
  • It initiates faith: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”
    (Rom. 10:17).

  • It gives new spiritual life: “You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).

  • It helps us grow spiritually: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation”
    (1 Pet. 2:2).

  • It sanctifies: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).

  • It searches the heart and convicts: “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

  • It liberates: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).

  • It refreshes and renews: “Give me life according to your word!” (Ps. 119:25).

  • It revives and enlightens: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7; see also Ps. 19:8–11).

Why we neglect reading our Bibles

This post is from Crossway Blog by Erin Haft

Let’s face it. Most of us have dry spells when our devotions get back-burnered. Usually busyness is to blame. We’re busy with college classes, we’re trying to advance our career, we’re working on our marriage, we have little kids, and so on. But in addition to busyness, there are other culprits that get in between us and Scripture. Stephen Nichols explains these “letdowns” in Welcome to the Story:

The scriptural letdown. We always read about people having tremendously emotional experiences reading Scripture, but we never seem to get there. That gets discouraging, and we give up.

The intellectual letdown. We don’t always understand Scripture. We read it again and again, and still don’t get it. This discouragement can also lead to neglect.

The spiritual letdown. We fail to see any kind of spiritual transformation that you feel is supposed to be a natural result of a daily quiet time. So we wonder if it’s worth continuing.

So how do we respond? Where do we begin?
  • First, read Scripture. There is no substitute.Only what is appropriate or manageable for you. You don’t need to tackle the Bible in a year if you’re going to flame out in Leviticus. There are a multitude of reading plans to try as you seek out the right fit. A great one is the “camping out” approach. Pick a book of the Bible you would enjoying spending time in and devote a few weeks or a month to it. Read through the whole book first to get a big picture, then go back and dive in to smaller sections.
  • Memorize some key verses, pray about what you’re reading, and apply it to your life.With any reading plan you choose, be sure to pay attention to the big picture of Scripture. Make connections between what you’re reading and the overarching theme of redemption. Think about whole books or units, rather than simply chapters and verses. Understanding the historical and cultural context of the Bible will help us catch points that we would otherwise miss as readers of the technological age.
  • Finally, be sure to slow down take deep breaths, and pay close attention to the life-giving words that you are reading.