Which is the guaranteed best Bible translation?  Is it the KJV (King James Version), the NASB (New American Standard Bible), the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), the NIV (New International Version), or any one of a dozen other "versions?"  Which one does God want you to read the most?  Which version does God like best?

Would it surprise you if the answer was: NONE OF THEM. Certainly, each respective version has various things which commend it and various things which diminish its readability or accuracy. But none of them are the Lord's favorite.

The Lord's favorite Bible version is one I want to call the HET, which stands for the HEART ENGRAVED TRANSLATION. This translation is flawless, brilliant and perfect. There are no textual ambiguities, no scribe's errors, no mis-numbering or misquoting. It is totally accurate and reliable.

Want a copy? Ok, put your hand over heart. Now, focus on God. There you go. The HET version is right there in plain view ---- written all over your heart, your thoughts and your passions. Written by the finger of God on you, in you and for you. The Word is "tattooed" all over your being right now, regardless of how much or how little you have read the "printed" Bible. The Bible I speak of is the INNER BIBLE, the HET INNER BIBLE, the HEART ENGRAVED TRANSLATION INNER BIBLE.

"YOU are our epistle... MANIFESTLY declared to be the epistle of Christ... written NOT with ink, BUT with the SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart, and such TRUST we have THROUGH CHRIST TOWARD GOD.... Who also hath made us ABLE ministers of the New Testament; NOT of the LETTER, but of the Spirit: for the letter KILLS, but the SPIRIT giveth LIFE. But if the ministration of death, WRITTEN and ENGRAVED in tablets, was glorious,... how much MORE GLORIOUS shall be the ministration of the Spirit?"  2 Corinthians 3:2-4, 6-8.    

The above passage tells us the purest form of the New Covenant is written not on "tablets," but on the human "heart." This is the WHOLE difference BETWEEN the Old and New Covenants. The Old Covenant was written JUST on tablets. The New Covenant is written JUST in men's inner parts.

"But this shall be the COVENANT that I WILL make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord!', for they shall ALL know me, from the least unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:33-34.

So beloved, IF we really believe these passages above, why do we still largely "serve" the OUTER BIBLE rather than the INNER BIBLE? The OUTER BIBLE is a great external resource divinely inspired and beneficial in a thousand different ways, BUT why do we PRIORITIZE and serve it BEFORE our INNER BIBLE, the BETTER BIBLE of our BETTER COVENANT with BETTER PROMISES. It is BETTER in every way because God's laws of love are ALREADY written inside us. If we could but grasp the enormity of this truth, we could unleash the power of God from within as manifest sons of God.

Let me be clear. We should definitely study and revere written Scripture, BUT not above, before and at the expense of the Word of God written on our inner parts. It is like the difference between a treasure map and the treasure itself. The treasure map is to be cleaved to tightly UNTIL we actually find the treasure, but when we do, the map is now secondary in importance. Of course, if we put the treasure back in the ground, then we need to clutch tight to the map again in order to relocate the treasure should we stray and forget the burial spot. But when we have the treasure before us, we are to revel in IT and not the map any longer.

So what is the Word written on our hearts? It is the "prompting presence" of God in the form of the Holy Spirit. It is the divine nature of Christ indwelling us. It is Christ IN us, the hope of glory. We are temples of the Holy Ghost housing the Spirit of the living God. Our born again birth right is to hear the voice of the Shepherd and to follow it. The Sons of God are those led by the Spirit of God, not the external Bible of God.  Do you see the importance here? Anybody can twist numerous Old and New Testament verses alike to say most anything ---- justifying violence, hatred, unforgiveness, cruelty and wrath. For every verse of love and forgiveness cited by one, another can cite a verse of destruction or revenge.

BUT, the HET can never be twisted. The Heart Engraved Translation is always upright and clean. The inner voice of grace, mercy and forgiveness always walks tall in our Spirit-quickened conscience. We judge not. We turn the other cheek, not because the Bible says to, but because the Holy Spirit urges this divine idea from within. God doesn't love us because the Bible tells me so. God loves us because the Holy Spirit PERFORMS the ACTUAL love of God for us in our hearts.  He performs in us 24/7 through His Spirit-showings in our inner man.

The OUTER BIBLE is there to always point to the INNER BIBLE, but NOT to replace it. The INNER BIBLE illuminates, renovates and properly translates the OUTER BIBLE, and not vice versa. We are to let the character of God interpret written Scripture, but NOT let the written Scripture interpret the character of God. The deep truths of God flow from the INNER MAN outward, NOT from the OUTER MAN inward. So, if the OUTER BIBLE "APPEARS" to say God commits evil by stealing, killing or destroying the lives of men, or even that He sits idly by while allowing such destructions to occur, then your INNER BIBLE TRUMPS that claim when your conscience rises up and declares "No! God is good. Only good. Always good!" 

The OUTER BIBLE not only serves as a MAP, as discussed above, but it also serves as a MIRROR. It reflects from without what the voice of God is ALREADY telling us within. This is why true spiritual knowledge feels more like we are remembering the truth than newly discovering it. The treasure we carry, the indwelling mystery of Christ, is carried in these earthen vessels we call bodies. We can too easily forget we are Second Adams born of the Spirit rather than First Adams born of the dust. The MIRROR aspect of the OUTER BIBLE helps us shake the dust of neglect off our self-image. The written Bible serves as a point of reflection to remind us we are made in God's image and that we are NEVER to NEGLECT or FORGET the treasure buried within us, the very life and Spirit of God. But if we do, the written Bible is there to point the way back by REMINDING us who WE are IN CHRIST and who HE is IN US.

So as a MAP, the EXTERNAL BIBLE leads us to FIND the treasure already hidden in our hearts. As a MIRROR, the EXTERNAL BIBLE is also there to REMIND us who we are in God. Lastly, as a form of MILK, it is there to help us grow initially in our spiritual infancy. But, as we grow, it becomes necessary to WEAN ourselves OFF the milk of the literal and mature into the meat of the Spiritual. The meat of the Spiritual can only be found by prioritizing the INNER BIBLE over the OUTER BIBLE. We will still heartily use the OUTER BIBLE for devotion and study, BUT the proper translation of it will not come from OUTER BIBLE RULES OF INTERPRETATION, but rather from INNER BIBLE UNCTIONS OF UNDERSTANDING. In other words, SPIRITUAL LEADING, not LITERAL READING, is our source for all Biblical understanding.                 

The INNER BIBLE is really just another word for the "ANOINTING" used in the following passage: "But you have an UNCTION (literally 'anointing') from the Holy One, and you know ALL things.... But the ANOINTING which you have RECEIVED of Him abides IN you and you need not that ANY man teach you: but as the SAME ANOINTING teaches you of ALL things, and IS truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall ABIDE in Him." 1 John 2:20, 27. 

Do you see the similarity between this verse and the Jeremiah 31:33-34 passage quoted above? Men's LIMITED external teaching is replaced with the Spirit's LIMITLESS internal anointing. This ANOINTING imparts all knowledge to all men and ultimately removes the need for all teachers BECAUSE all are hearkening to their INNER BIBLES. It has been said that the best teacher ultimately teaches you that you don't need a teacher. We are here to "wean" ourselves "away" from the OUTER BIBLE'S PARTIAL AND LITERAL REVELATION and instead feed ourselves continually on the INNER BIBLE'S COMPLETED AND SPIRITUAL REVELATION. Hallelujah!

NEVER leave home without your HET INNER BIBLE. The Heart Engraved Translation is the guaranteed best Bible translation ever. It is flawless. The HET Bible has already been disbursed to every man on earth, but most don't know it, while many others who may know it have yet to open it. Still others, who both know they have the INNER BIBLE and actually read it from time to time, nonetheless fail to read it enough to actually abide in it.  Some are too lazy to read it. Others simply don't believe in their ability to hear the voice of God clearly enough to trust it continually. But a few, a happy few, are well rehearsed, totally immersed and perfectly versed in the power of the HET INNER BIBLE. Let's join them!