John 16:19-20 – Jesus Explains, “Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to aske him, & said vnto them, Doe ye enquire among your selues of that I saide, A litle while, and ye shall not see mee: and againe; A little while and ye shall see me? Verily, verily I say vnto you, that ye shall weepe and lament, but the world shall reioyce: And ye shall be sorrowfull, but your sorrow shall be turned into ioy.” (1611 spellings: i=j; u=v; v=u, e is added to depict spiritual matter in the text from a physical matter).
Jesus knew what was being said among his disciples and what was on their mind and he took care to answer their questions, so that, at the right time they would understand and remember what he had told them. We often do not have understanding when we have unexplained experiences, but in prayer, when we ask in Jesus name, we receive clarity and know what God is leading and what He is not. Seek to know God’s truth and always ask when you are confused.
There was much turmoil leading up to and during the Reformation period, it what not about starting a new church, it was ALL about the Word of God and making sure that what went forward from that time period would preserve God’s Word. The truth be known, today we are back where we were before the Reformation with all of the new translations that do not carry forward what was discovered in the 1500s.
Erasmus, Luther, Tyndale, followed by Myles Coverdale, John Rogers, John Foxe, and John Knox, ALL, stood firm and dedicated their lives NO MATTER WHAT to bring TRUTH to the scriptures making sure that God’s Word was preserved for those to follow. Do you think it might be important to know the truth? To know who these men were and what they stood for? To know what has happened to the Word of God since that time? More to come next month as we look into the past to understand this great time period.