This week, we are examining key Christian doctrines with the New Living Translation. The most important doctrine of all is the doctrine of the deity of Christ. This doctrine separates and divides, and most be guarded as the paramount doctrine of the Church. Before we talk about the various understandings of the Godhead, we must first agree that Christ is God, not merely a high angel, or a god among gods, but God.
One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is the Christ hymn found in Philippians 2.5-8, in which Paul is writing about humility, compassion and love, but in doing so, he speaks volumes of theology as well.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 KJV)
As many of my readers know, I come from a King James Only background (KJVO). It took me several years to build up the courage to actually read another version, much less actually buy one. Now, I have many different translations – print and electronic – and enjoy nearly everyone of them and from time to time will read one just to read it.
A note to my blog subscribers – you are about to experience an interruption of the daily dose of attempted theology, biblical studies and humor. Sit back, hold on, keep praying, and I’ll see you on the other side!
In childhood, when I found something that I liked, I insisted that others partake. Moving into my adulthood, I did the same thing. Why? Maybe because I like to share good things, and I believe that if I like it, then I want to support it to see it succeed. I want to throw every bit of myself into something which I believe has helped me out. I want to return the favor, so to speak.
So it is with the NLT. As we go through this blog-a-thon, you will find older posts on the NLT and you will see that my use of it had grown considerably. (Most Scriptural References are keyed to it using the Logos Plug-in for WordPress.org) I believe that we should support Christian publishing houses, especially one such as Tyndale, a company committed to Bible Translation. To me, part of our Christian duty is to promote works such as these, in reaching the lost and those without bibles.
You will also, starting in about 8 hours from this post, see new posts in participation of the NLT Contest (there is still time) which was submitted by email, or in comments, etc… You will also find a very special guest blogger, and a surprise visit by my daughter, as well as my review of the NLT Mosaic. I will post a review, a few pictures, and a few video reviews.
Why? Because I like it. I like the NLT for it’s clear language and the Mosaic for it’s breathtaking attempt to showcase the myriad of voices of Christianity – from the 1st to the 21st century, from here to there.
I want to welcome you to the start of this blog tour, and I am doubly honoured to be the first stop (you’ll find a listing of the rest of the tour within the next 24 hours). If you come across something you want to see – a picture, or a reading, or a list of contributors or voices, let me know. We have time.