This post compares the Old King James Bible with three modern versions in selected verses of 1st and 2nd Corinthians. The key difference I want to show here is how the KJB makes salvation an assured present POSSESSION to the saint while some modern versions make it a PROCESS. In the KJB you ARE SAVED if you are fully trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour (Eph. 1:12-14). In other versions, you are BEING SAVED and have no present assurance. The KJB is quoted first and select modern versions are quoted below it in bulleted form. The key words are bolded and in italics.
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- New International Version (NIV) – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
- New Living Translation (NLT) – The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
- English Standard Version (ESV) – For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
- (ESV) – and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain.
2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
- (NIV) – For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
- (NLT) – Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
- (ESV) – For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
From this very abbreviated list, it is clear that there are very important differences between modern versions and the old KJB. Modern versions routinely change words and phrases to the extent that vital DOCTRINE is changed. Your rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15) King James Bible gives you full assurance of salvation now. These modern versions do not.