ROCHESTER, NEW YORK - When Elizabeth Reynolds first became a Christian, she purchased an NIV, which stated on the cover, that the words of Christ were printed in red. She thought to herself, "This is great, now I can know for sure what God actually said in there."
She started in the book of Genesis, and after reading several chapters, she wondered, where she would find the words of Christ. To her surprise, she kept reading and found nothing in red letter. She was startled. She quickly flipped through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy and found no red letters. She thought to herself, how come I cannot find Christ's words in the first few books of the Bible?
She continued to flip through the Old Testament and couldn't find a single spot where Christ had spoken. Then she finally made it to the New Testament, and in the book of Matthew, there was red everywhere.
Christ didn’t have much to say. Just remember that the words in red letter are really important, because that is what Christ actually said.
She spoke with her close friend Darcy about this, and how she learned that Christ did not speak in the Old Testament; and how when she got to the New Testament, most of it was not in red letter. Darcy said, "Yeah, mine is the same way too. Christ didn't have much to say. Just remember that the words in red letter are really important, because that is what Christ actually said."
One day at church, she shared this with a deacon, and the deacon said, "Sister, the whole Bible is the word of God, not just the words in red print. The words in red letter just signify what Jesus spoke as a man while he was on earth. The whole Bible is the word of Christ, the word of God."
Elizabeth couldn't believe what she was hearing. "All this time I only believed and accepted what was written in red letter as the words of Christ. I had no idea what Moses, the Prophets, and the Apostles wrote, was actually the word of God. They must have been inspired or something."
Elizabeth left church cheerfully that day, and spent the rest of her time reading and studying the the word of God, and not just the word of God in red.