The Story of a Man from Another Country

There once was a man from another country and everything he said was true. He was incapable of falsehood or deception on any level of communication. Throughout the course of his life, everything he said, whether people liked it or not, was true. So others could also know the truth, he wrote the truth that he spoke in a book (2 Cor. 3:17) so after he returned to his home, others could read what he said. Everything in the book was true, but just like when he spoke the truth, some people did not like his writing any more than they liked his speech. The truth was not important to these people, so they neglected his book of truth and sometimes changed the words to suit themselves. Knowing that other men were adding falsehoods to and erasing words from his book the man from another country returned to the country to keep the book of truth free from errors.

When he returned to protect the book of truth, he made himself invisible to the men he once lived among. No one could see him. He also made himself everywhere at once so he could be wherever his written word was. Throughout the years after writing the book of truth the man from another country watched over his writing assuring every generation that they had a copy of the book of truth.

The men of the country could not understand how the book of truth had survived since the man from another country spoke and wrote the words so long ago. It seemed impossible to them because they did not know that the invisible and omnipresent man from another country had been watching over his book all the time. As their most precious possession, the people who loved the truth had been living their lives by the book of truth since it was first spoken and written.

The biggest problem in the country of men was their disagreement about the nature of truth. One prominent man asked, “What is truth?” They could not accept the truth spoken and written by the man from another country; they envied the authority of his truth. Their solution was to speak and write in the most prestigious and authoritative manner and call that speaking and writing “true.” “Perhaps other men will envy our writings the way we envy the writings of the man from another country,” they mused. But this kind of writing was a very difficult task for several reasons. There were not many prestigious and authoritative country writers to begin with. And then, after a few short years, they passed away. Generation after generation the speakers and writers passed, their writings forgotten, only to be replaced by many other men from the same country who spoke and wrote their “truths.” Above all, the greater issue was that they had no one to watch over their writings. The always-changing “truth” of the many generations of speakers and writers had no one to watch over their expression of “truth” or to standardize it as “the truth” and so the speaking and writing of “truth” had no end.

From the time of the man from another country there has been a struggle between the “truths” of many speakings and writings of the prestigious and authoritative country men and the one-time speaking and writing of the man from another country who only spoke and wrote only what was true. No end of this struggle is in sight, but the people that love truth and love the book of truth dwell in peace and safely knowing that the invisible speaker and writer of the truth is watching over their book.

In the book of truth, the man from another country wrote that he is coming back to the country to live with those that love truth and live their lives by the book of truth. Then the people who love the book of truth will learn how the invisible hand of the man from another country watched over the book of truth for so many years.

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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