(KJB) Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the BEGINNING of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things BY JESUS CHRIST:
(NIV) … which for AGES PAST was kept hidden in God, who created all things. [by nobody]
(NASB) … which for AGES has been hidden in God who created all things; [by nobody]
(ASV) … which for AGES hath been hid in God who created all things; [by nobody]
(RSV) … mystery hidden for AGES in God who created all things; [by nobody]
(ESV) … mystery hidden for AGES in God who created all things, [by nobody]
(NLT) … God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. [by nobody]
(CEV) God, who created everything [by nobody], wanted me to help everyone understand the mysterious plan that had always been hidden in his mind.
Ages past? 1950’s? Roaring 20’s? Gay 90’s? What does “ages past” tell you? Not much. Not as much as “from the beginning” – that is specific, settled. And Somebody is missing from the verse. Who might that be? Only Jesus Christ – apparently nobody important if you want to have a Bible version with the “same message”.
Hey! The last two versions got it half right! Except they left out Jesus too. What good are all these versions (seven, yeah eight of the most popular) that leave out Jesus? BTW, Jesus Christ is in most of the Greek manuscripts. Why would a modern version want to take Jesus Christ out of the Bible when He appears in most of the ancient manuscripts? Who would be the inspiration for that?
Maybe the New kjv gets it right. That’s translated from the same manuscripts as the KJB, they say.
(NKJV) … which from the beginning of the AGES has been hidden in God who created all things THROUGH Jesus Christ;
Closer, but still not there. “Beginning of the ages” sounds like a compromise of a politically correct liberal politician. Even the NotKJV doesn’t have Jesus Christ actually doing the creating. The Real King James has the creation done BY Him, but the New King James has the creation done “through” Him, which can mean almost anything. If a President sends a letter through his secretary, who actually wrote the letter? But if the letter is written BY the President, you know who wrote it for certain. The Nkjv sounds like a politically correct politician.
Is removing Jesus Christ only a “minor” change that “doesn’t affect any doctrine” and has the “same message”?
John 1:1-3 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
It is essential to specify Jesus Christ, God the Son, the Word of God made flesh, as the Creator. That’s one of the great ways to prove that Jesus is deity, that He is God. The modern versions have diluted the doctrine of the deity of Christ – yet they claim they don’t affect any major doctrine. Apparently the Godhood of Christ is not a major doctrine to modern version editors (and it isn’t, if you read some of what they say in their private writings).
How can you witness to a lost evolutionist (or any lost person), that Jesus Christ is the Creator, when they can take virtually ANY popular modern version and find Him stricken from this verse?