Today, there are no original manuscripts (i.e. autographs) of Scripture in existence. This is due in part to the passing of time, in part to the wear and tear of use, and in part to the tendency of man to worship religious relics. God intended though that His Word be preserved. He accomplished this by employing His people to make copies (i.e. apographs) of His Word. Since God employed people to copy His Word, He placed a severe penalty upon those who would add to it or take away from it (Deuteronomy 4:2a; 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19).
While the autographs were free from error, this does not mean that all the apographs were errorless. That there are copies or apographs which are in error is testimony to the fact that Satan has been trying to distort and destroy God’s Word. He distorted God’s Word to Adam and Eve in the garden and to Jesus in the wilderness (cf. Genesis 3:1-4; Matthew 4:6-7). Also, he attempted to destroy God’s Word through King Jehoiakim (cf. Jeremiah 36:23).
In spite of Satan’s attempts, God has preserved a line of apographs which are exact copies of the inerrant, infallible autographs (Psalm 119:152; Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:24-25).
The term forever (`owlam – HB/ aiōn – GK) means continuous, perpetual, or everlasting. While the autographs have long since deteriorated, no Scripture has ever been lost, nor is any Scripture waiting to be discovered.
God promised that the Scriptures will be preserved both in Heaven and on Earth (Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 59:21).
That God preserved His Word both in Heaven and on Earth guarantees that it will not become extinct and that a line of apographs will be kept from corruption. By using the Old Testament apographs, Jesus affirmed the existence of a line of errorless apographs in His day (John 10:35b).