In our post last week, we celebrated Reformation Day by emphasizing the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura. I ended that post with these words:
You may have a dozen copies of the Bible in your house. But don’t ever let your familiarity with the Word of God breed indifference or contempt in your heart. The book you hold in your hand is a treasure. It is the revelation of God Himself — in printed form — empowered by His Spirit to conform you into the image of His Son. The Word of God has the power to change history and transform continents. It has the power to change hearts, including yours and mine.
Today, in keeping with that theme, I want to direct your attention to a great ministry and online resource that details key parts of the history of the English Bible — Truth Remains.
According to the ministry’s website, the mission of Truth Remains is to promote and proclaim God’s written Word, thereby stimulating greater love and devotion to the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, in His church (John 1:14). That mission is primarily accomplished by exposing believers to the history of the English Bible, and thereby reminding American evangelicals of the great sacrifices that faithful men and women made in previous generations so that we could have access to the Word of God.
As the website explains:
The halls of church history are covered in the blood of countless martyrs who have given their lives to defend, proclaim and preserve the very same Bible that we hold in our hands today. Truth Remains teaches that history through presentations and interactive events, featuring a rare collection of first edition 16th – 17th century Bibles, in addition to making educational media, documentaries, and online resources available.
One of the really exceptional resources available on the website is a series of four short films that highlight the history of the Matthew Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Bishops’ Bible, and the King James Bible of 1611. If you have a few minutes today, those four videos are worth the time. You can access all four by clicking here.
I love ministries like Truth Remains because they make history come alive. In an evangelical world that is largely ignorant of its Christian heritage, a ministry like this is vitally important.
After all, our hearts ought to resound with thankfulness to the Lord for the way in which He used human instruments to bring us His truth in our language. As I noted in last week’s post:
Why is it that these men [like Wycliffe, Tyndale, and others] sacrificed so much to get the Word of God into a language that common people could read? A language like English? It is the same reason that missionaries, even today, sacrifice their very lives to translate the Bible into the languages of unreached people groups. It is because they understand this Book to be the very Word of God, inspired by His Spirit, authoritative in all things, sufficient for every spiritual need, and the only message of true hope for sinners both in the this life and the next.
And so, we say with the Reformers: sola Scriptura and soli Deo gloria.