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What kind of study Bible is this?
As lovers of the Lord Jesus, it’s natural for us to love His word, the Bible. We turn to God’s word for comfort, strength, and inspiration. But as often as we find passages that stir our hearts, we find other passages that leave us wondering, “What does this really mean?”
For most of the thousand years from a.d. 500 to 1500, the Bible was not available to the general public, and the light of the divine things conveyed in God’s word was covered up. Dating from Martin Luther’s monumental discovery in the early 1500s (a “discovery” of what was plainly written in Galatians by the apostle Paul around a.d. 54) that the believers are justified before God not by association with an external institution but by their faith in Jesus Christ, many shining truths have been recovered from the Scriptures.
Although we can (and should!) learn much from our own prayerful study of the Bible, we can also inherit understanding from the treasury of scriptural knowledge that believers have rediscovered over the centuries.
The Recovery Version study Bible takes its name from this gradual recovery of biblical truths and encapsulates the last five centuries of progress in the believers’ understanding of God’s word.
Even if you already have a study Bible, you’ll appreciate the robust features of the Recovery Version. The Recovery Version study Bible includes
- A fresh, literal translation from the original languages, completed in 2003, that is ideal for careful study;
- More than 26,000 cross references that link words not only by similar usage but also by spiritual content, so they can be used—even without prior preparation—for topical Bible studies;
- Over 15,000 footnotes, covering historical facts and textual notes (as is expected in a study Bible) but emphasizing spiritual truths and the believers’ experience of the spiritual life;
- The subject and background of each book;
- Embedded interpretive outlines delineating the spiritual content of each book; and
- A collection of helpful charts and maps.
The church in Denver has partnered with Bibles for America to give away free copies of the New Testament portion of the Recovery Version—no strings attached. Claim your free copy here.
Nearly every Christian knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.”
Unlike many recent translations, the Recovery Version translates the original text of the New Testament quite literally. Reading the Bible in many different translations can help our understanding of God’s word—and that includes reading versions that emphasize readability over word-by-word accuracy. But the Recovery Version helps those of us who don’t know the original Greek to see more closely what’s there in the original language.
If you memorized John 3:16, you probably recite it as “everyone who believes in Him,” but the Recovery Version uses the preposition “into,” which is the word used in the original Greek. A footnote on “believes” explains in more detail:
“Believing into the Lord is not the same as believing Him (6:30). To believe Him is to believe that He is true and real, but to believe into Him is to receive Him and be united with Him as one. The former is to acknowledge a fact objectively; the latter is to receive a life subjectively.”
When you believed in Jesus Christ, you didn’t just acknowledge Him outwardly. A transaction took place deep within you—you received Him into your heart as your life and were joined with Him as one!
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