Baptized With Blood
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
“I love my Bible because it is a Bible baptized with blood; I love it all the better, because it has the blood of Tyndale on it; I love it, because it has on it the blood of John Bradford, and Rowland Taylor, and Hooper; I love it, because it is stained with blood.” – C.H. Spurgeon
Beginning tomorrow, the men at our church will be reviewing church history at our monthly Bible study. I am really looking forward to the study because the subject matter is of great interest to me; and our teacher, John Kebbel, does a masterful job of preparing and presenting the material.
I wish every Christian would take the time to learn about early church fathers like Augustine of Hippo, and pivotal church leaders such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and William Wilberforce. And yes, we all owe a deep debt of gratitude to men like William Tyndale and Jan Hus, both of whom laid down their lives for the Christian faith.
William Tyndale was born around 1492 in the tiny village of Melksham Court, Stinchcombe. He attended both Oxford and Cambridge, and was a gifted linguist, being fluent in eight different languages. Tyndale used his knowledge of Hebrew and Greek to translate the Bible into English, which was a capital offense. Prior to being strangled to death – after which his body was burned at the stake – Tyndale’s final words were, “Lord! Open the King of England’s eyes.”
In 1611, 75 years after Tyndale’s execution, the 54 scholars who produced the King James Bible drew significantly from Tyndale’s work. In fact, some estimates suggest that the KJV Old Testament is 76% Tyndale’s and the KJV New Testament is 83% his.
Every word of Scripture is inspired by God. However, He used his servants – many of whom were martyred – to preserve it for us.
So, cherish your Bible…and revere the men who sacrificed for it.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President