"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which ARE SAVED it is the power of God."
-1 Corinthians 1:18
When believers preach the cross of Christ it is meaningless to those who reject it, hence they will perish for their rejection. But for those of us who ARE SAVED it is the power of God who saved us by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The fact that God used the words "are saved" shows the past tense reality of our having been saved in Christ by receiving the gospel of Christ Jesus by faith alone. In other words, it's done! We are saved! We received Jesus as our personal Saviour by faith alone one time!
That profound verse which goes to show that we are saved is found only in the 1560, 1599 editions of the Geneva Bible and the 1611 King James Version Bible, all of which are available to this day! Oops, I think I just let the cat out of the bag with that last statement!
I say all this because all modern versions; the NKJV, the NIV, NLT, New Century Version, NASB, RSV, ESV, New Jerusalem Bible, etc., turn salvation into a process with the words, "...are being saved." And just listen to the drivel that makes up the popular publication "The Message":
"The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those ON THE WAY OF SALVATION IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE."
Notice the heresies in that sentence: 1) Christ is still on the Cross; 2) Salvation is a process; 3) God was removed from the picture.
Jesus is NOT still on the cross and we do NOT work to earn salvation! Would you like to read in scripture where it says that we "are saved" or would you rather read in a fake scripture that says you "are being saved?"
Our faith saves us and makes us whole in Christ. We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God quickened us by the Spirit. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, it is a one time event because it is by our initial faith and belief in him to save us!
Another corrupted translation I was examining recently called the "Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version" by the World Bible Translation Center in Fort Worth, Texas states this under the heading "Permissions":
"This copyrighted material may be quoted up to 1,000 verses without written permission." Huh? Since when did God place quote restrictions on his Word? Oh, that's right, HE DID NOT! I just had to laugh at that when I first read it! I thought, "So when I have quoted 1,000 verses I guess I'll have to stop and tell people I have reached my limit. What's a poor believer to do when he can't quote anymore scripture, ya know?"
All joking aside, it is pretty pathetic when man thinks he can try to monopolize God's Word and make a buck off it! I don't know about you but I am going to quote as many verses as I like to because that is what God wants me to do! All of scripture is profitable for teaching and correction, even if it goes over 1,000 verses!