NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather Review

by Crystal Carder

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The Spirit-Filled Life Bible has sold over 2 million copies. Now in its third edition, the NKJV, Spirit-Filled Bible in Genuine Leather is a gorgeous Bible that is sure to draw attention to those looking for the best in study Bibles.

With a hefty price tag of almost $100, this Bible looks like the perfect choice for someone who wants to study God’s word, but it is?

The NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible was written by a team of respected, Spirit-led scholars that were brought together by Jack Hayford, the founding pastor of The Church on the Way and chancellor of The King’s University. This Bible claims to be full of solid biblical truth, but through my findings, I have found many study guides in this book that go completely against Gods word and are deceitful.

Although many people may agree with these deceitful study notes, I do not. I personally believe in the words of the scriptures and am very careful to verify every study note with the true words of His word before believing it.

In fact, Isaiah 8:20 even tells Christians that we should always make certain that we are being taught according to the Biblical Word. (To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them – Isaiah 8:20).

The NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible includes:

  • more than 650-word studies
  • 192 guided prayers
  • thematic charts in every book
  • detailed book introductions
  • verse-by-verse study notes
  • full-colored design
  • updated maps and chart
  • Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort Print® typeface, 10-point print size

This is one of those Bibles that sound amazing, but I would warn those who are truly wanting to know the Biblical truth, to stay away from this Bible.

 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 
-Acts 17:11

The Bible as a Bible

This review may be one of the most unique Bible reviews that I have ever done. While I WOULD NOT recommend this Bible as the study Bible, I am in love with the workmanship of this Bible and the Bible itself. In fact, the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible is probably one of Thomas Nelson’s most beautiful Bibles that I have ever owned or reviewed.

This Bible has a genuine leather backing and, even though it’s pretty plain on the front and back cover, it is gorgeous to look at and it feels just like a Bible should. It’s easy to flip through, the pages aren’t too thin, and it has everything Bibles, these days, should.

It has three ribbon bookmarks, so you can read from different scriptures without losing your place.

It has tabs that make it easier to find the books of the Bible, which is amazing for those just learning the Bible and it is a feature often overlooked in new Bibles.

While I said I would never use this Bible for any of the study notes, or extras, I am going use this Bible just as a Bible. If you want a Bible that is a great study Bible, Thomas Nelson has many great ones to choose from, although, I warn you to always be careful when reading any kind of study notes; always verify everything with His word. 

If you would like to learn more about the NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible you can by visiting Thomas Nelson’s website HERE.

NKJV, Spirit-Filled Life Bible, Third Edition, Genuine Leather Review


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Josh G November 11, 2018 - 2:39 am

What in particular about the study notes do you feel contradicts Gods word? Thanks!

Crystal Carder November 11, 2018 - 11:20 am

Hi Josh, that is a great question. First off, understand this Bible teaches study notes that go along with the Pentecostal faith. While I am not a Pentecostal, I do understand that the religion believes in a secret rapture, speaking in tongues, and going to church on Sunday. I personally have done numerous elaborate Bible studies and feel a few of the study notes found in this Bible do go against God’s Biblical teachings.

I am unsure if you own this Bible or not, but the first specific answer I will give you has to do with a Kingdom Dynamics study note found near Exodus 20:8. This study note says that God doesn’t care what day we rest on, just that we should use one day out of seven to give to the Lord.

The Bible specifically mentions the seventh day as the only commandment God blessed (Genesis 2:8) and it is the only commandment referred to as “Holy” when it is mentioned (Isaiah 58:13). While many religions met and worship on Sunday, there is no such Bible verse that says the seventh-day could be changed and you can worship on any day.

Also, many of the study notes in this Bible teach things that are not backed up, biblically. For example, there are many study notes that talk about a secret rapture, but in the Bible it says:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

Revelation 6:16,17 When the wicked see Christ come, they cry out to the rocks and mountains, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Revelation 1:7 “Every eye shall see him. ”

These verses specifically teach that we will all see God when He comes back and there is no mention in the Bible that there will be a secret rapture. (one of the study notes in Revelation 19:4 speaks of a rapture)

While there are many study notes in this Bible that I personally disagree with, one of the biggest reasons to disagree with the so-called “Biblical scholars” who wrote this Bible is their use of the phrase “this verse PROBABLY refers to…” (1 Peter 3:18-20) that is found in some of the study notes.

As Biblical teachers, there is never a time to use “probably” when referring to God’s word and teachings.

In Isaiah 8:20, the Bible tells us that if someone speaks not according to his word (the Bible), there is no light in them.

I understand that I am pointing out some touchy subjects in the Bible, but feel free to email me with any additional questions (crystalcarder1@gmail.com).


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