According to the Scriptures
7 Ways Jesus Viewed the Written Word of God
The post-modern times into which we’ve fallen are a retreat back into the darkness of paganism and a denial of absolute truth. The only remedy for pagan darkness is the light of God’s Holy Word.
All events in history should be evaluated first and foremost in light of the testimony of Scripture. They, the Scriptures, are the ultimate, and final, authority in all things by which we order our lives and practice our faith. In 2 Peter 1:17-21, the Apostle Peter writes that the foundation of our faith laid in Scripture is more reliable than the events he witnessed on the Mount of Transfiguration, demonstrating that as important as our experiences are, they should be viewed not only in light of Scripture, but any spiritual experience must also be in conformity to its testimony.
What did Jesus Himself say about the authority of Scripture?
- He believed in the inspiration of Scripture; that it is God-breathed. Matt. 22:43. If the Bible is the very Word of God, then it carries the very authority of God.
- Jesus believed every word, down to the least pen strokes were inspired and authoritative. Matt. 5:18.
- Jesus believed that the grammar and diction of the Bible was inspired and authoritative. Matt. 22:32.
- Jesus believed the historical accuracy of the Bible. Matt. 12:40; 19:4,5
- He believed it was foolish to be ignorant of the Scripture or to have doubts about what you read in the Scripture. Luke 24:25-27
- He believed the Scripture was the best safeguard against the temptations of Satan. Matt. 4.
- He believed that whatever was written in Scripture must surely come to pass. Matt. 26:52-56
It is impossible to hold the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ or to have the mind of Christ without believing what Jesus believed regarding the Holy Scriptures.
It is incumbent upon every human being to be familiar with the Holy Scriptures. Jesus commanded, Search the Scriptures. John 5:39. At Judgment Day, ignorance will be no excuse.
God expects us both to know what is right and to do what is right. This obligation is personal. No one else can believe for you. No one else can learn the Bible for you. Pastors and teachers are given to be your helpers, not your surrogates or substitutes. Ephesians 4:11-16. The effort you put into learning and living the bible is one of the best evidences that you have a true and saving faith.
Christianity must be both objective and subjective: a strong foundation in God’s Word upon which is built a life of love and service. Believe that Jesus is and did all that the Scriptures reveal about Him, live a life to the honor and glory of His Name, and you shall be saved.
-Adopted from a sermon by Greg Mills