“42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42, KJV).
The repentant thief asks Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom, please notice that this noun is a singular. To which Jesus replies that today (that very day), the thief would accompany Christ in his kingdom, which he called "paradise" implying that at that very time God’s kingdom was then a present event, Christ ruling over both the faithful dead saints, as well as his faithful servants then living upon the earth. So notice that the thief assumes, and Christ's reply accepts, that there is only one single Kingdom, over which the thief hopes, and Christ then confirms that he will then become a part of this single Kingdom. Christ didn't tell the thief that there are actually two different kingdoms, as in some more extreme dispensational theology; firstly the Kingdom of God and secondly the Kingdom of Heaven, and that Christ will place him into one of these two (plural) kingdoms. There is only one Kingdom! My theology is on the whole mostly covenant theology (reformed). I mean no disrespect to the dispensationalists, but can those of the more extreme flavour prove their claim to multiple Kingdoms?
Go to any Christian forum and you'll find a debate about; which english version of the scripture is the best, (closest to God's truth) version to study. Which version is the pure version. Which version is going to last the longest to preserve God's truth.
Many believe the the King James Version is the only version of the written word worth studying, others claim that many or all english versions have the truth of God's word between the covers. And others just write their own version to suit their need of religion.
Ok now the facts about any and all writen (english & else) translations. No where in the Scripture is the written word promised. Think about this folks, again no where within the scriptures is a written version of God's word promised to us. There is a very good reason for this. Man the translator is flawed. God the Father promised us Jesus, Jesus God the son promised the Holy Spirit. All english versions of the Scriptures have flaws, even the King James Version.
So how do christians get the truth that God has to offer us. How do we recieve God's word, God's truth and not that of man. Look to the example Jesus gives us. Jesus goes to John the Baptist, is baptised and recieves the Holy Spirit before moving on to his public ministry. From that time to the 1400's the time of the printing press intented only Hebrew and Greek text was availible in written form. Not many had or could read these text.
The Apostiles had no written word to go on, only the Holy Spirit. The English translations are a good second source of learning, a great place to start, but still to this day the best source of study is with the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised: the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truths, not the english translation of other text, translated by flawed man.
Any Christian that dose'nt study with the Holy Spirit at their side will not come to know the truth with any version of the Bible. I'm sure this will rattle off into many directions. Some will agree, some will disagree, some will just be more confused. It's ok, we are human and humans are flawed, all of us (finger pointing back at myself). But the Holy Spirit is Pure, True, and the third person of the Godhead "the Holy Spirir of God".
God bless all