Jesus and the Holy Scriptures – This is the fourth of six parts that tie with Talk #6 (Growth Through Study). In The Bible on the Bible series marks our fourth session on Jesus and the Hoy Scriptures. Make sure you subscribe to my blog to get the latest blog entry and kept updated on this series. (These notes I got on my Walk to Emmaus in 1998)
Jesus and the Holy Scriptures
17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. (Luke 16:17)
As the Resurrected King, God’s Messiah and our Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ has given us some of the most important statements concerning the authority and nature of the Word of God.
Jesus confirms the truth that every word of the Scriptures is given by God. He goes so far as to make direct reference to the smallest letter (“jot” literally yod, the Hebrew counterpart to our letter “i” or “j”) and the smallest punctuation point, “tittle” There is no room for debate: Jesus believed and taught the plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible. That every word is God-breathed. (See 2 Timothy 3:16).
2. Matthew 4:17-19
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 4:17-19)
Jesus attests to the indissolubility of the Scriptures:
30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside —36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world?Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” (Matthew 24:30-38)
This describes the utter inviolability of God’s Word from man’s side. Do not try to diminish its truths or meaning. The dependability of it is from God’s side. He will uphold it – His Word will not dissolve or be shaken. (See Matthew 24:35 – Above)
Jesus affirms the credibility of the Old Testament in John 5:39.
39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,
He also mentions the miracles of the Old Testament. He was the Incarnate Truth as the embodiment of truthfulness, His testimony was decisive. Jesus believed thought things from the Old Testament.
a. Adam & Eve as the first pair. (See Matthew 19:4-5) – Refers to Genesis 1:27 & Genesis 2:24
b. Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (See Mark 6:11 & Luke 17:29-30) Refers to Genesis 19:1-29
c. Noah and the Flood (See Matthew 24:37-38) Refers to Genesis 6:1-9:17
d. Trustworthiness of Daniel’s prophecy (See Matthew 24:15) Refers to Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11
e. Jonah being swallowed by a whale (great fish) (See Matthew 12:39-40) See the Book of Jonah
f. Miracle of the manna (See John 6:31-32) Refers to Exodus 16:4; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalm 78:24-25
g. and the list can go on …
5. Jesus forecast and authorized the writing of the New Testament
Both John 14:26 & John 16:12-13 indicate that the coming ministry of the Holy Spirit would include His bringing to the apostles’ minds the thing that should afterward be recorded. His anticipation of that ministry not only places His endorsement upon that facet of their mission, it also indirectly effects His closure of the canon of Scripture following the completion of this task.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:12-13)
The Bible on the Bible (6 Part Series …)
These below go with Talk #6 (Growth Through Study) from my Walk to Emmaus.
- The Devine Inspiration of the Bible
- The Complete Trustworthiness of the Bible
- The Content of God’s Word is Complete
- Jesus and the Holy Scriptures
- Loving God’s Word as Jesus’ Follower
- God’s Word: Read It! Study It! Memorize It!