Keep This in Memory

This originally appeared as an email delivered on
Saturday, May 28th, 2016.

I was reminded of something very important this past week. I’ll tell you in a moment.

But first, do you remember the oft quoted verse in the Bible that says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged”?

What about the popular passage that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”?

Who doesn’t remember the verse that says, “Pride goeth before a fall”, or, “this, too, shall pass.”

These are all easy for Bible believers to remember, except none of them appear this way in the King James Bible.

If you remember them this way, your memory is flawed.

Look up Matthew 7:1 and Philippians 4:13 and you will see important details are different. A few more words come before the fall in Prov 16:18, and you will pass away before you find “this, too, shall pass” in the Bible. It’s not there.

Don’t be shocked. It is normal to remember things that are simply not true. Ask grandpa.

Thank God he did not preserve his words through memory or oral transmission, or we would all be in trouble. From the beginning God preserved His words in writing (Gen 5:1; Exo 17:14).

We have his words today in a book. Memories are fallible, God’s perfectly preserved Bible is not.

It is important to trust the word of God over our own memory. The Bible is more reliable.

Speaking of important things, I had something to tell you, but I have since forgotten. Maybe I’ll remember later…

For His glory,

Justin “forgetful” Johnson

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