What Did Jesus Say About the Bible?
The Bible is at once the most loved and the most hated book in the world. Thousands spend their lives studying it. Other thousands spend their lives trying to repudiate it. There's a song we love to sing that goes like this:
“The Bible stands every test we give it, for its Author is Divine,
By grace alone I expect to live it and to prove it and make it mine.”
If you ask some of the professors who teach in universities what they think of the Bible, most of them would say that it is an interesting old document revered by many, but proven by modern research to be unscientific and full of historical inaccuracies.
When a team of scholars worked on the revised King James version of the Bible a half-century ago in England, they (as the encyclopedia Britannica put it) had freed themselves from the old idea that the Bible was inspired. They treated it as just another piece of literature.
When I was a boy, the principal of the school read from the Bible over the loudspeaker system throughout the school every morning. We were given copies of the New Testament in school every year. Today, you could be expelled from school if you take a Bible into the classroom. When I was a boy, it was a symbol of truth. Today it is a symbol of a closed mind and even a hatred of the human race.
I believe the Bible is the Word of God, verbally inspired, inerrant in its original writing. I believe that “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). I believe that “heaven and earth shall pass away, but not one jot or tittle of the Bible will pass away until all has been fulfilled” (Matthew 14:35). I believe that “God at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets… and now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son, by Whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1).
We live in a strange period of human history. Scholars dissect the Bible and fail to find heaven or hell, or hope of salvation. But there are others of us who say, “Amen,” when Paul writes, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Listen to what Jesus said about the Bible.
Jesus said, “the Scriptures cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
He said that, “the Scriptures testified of Him” (Luke 24:27).
He said that people who do not believe the Law and the Prophets will not believe the one who rose from the dead. (Luke 16:31).
He based His teaching on Heaven on the tense of one verb in Matthew 22:32. “God IS” the God of Abraham.
He said that Moses wrote of Him (John 5:46).
He said that Abraham rejoiced to see His day (John 8:56).
He said that the Word of God would judge the world at the last day (John 12:48).
He said that not a jot or tittle could pass away until all was fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).
He quoted Psalm 110 to show He was the Son of God.
He endorsed the Bible account of Noah, Abram, Moses, Daniel and Jonah.
In short, Jesus rested everything on the authority of Scripture. At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about two men who built houses. Both those houses were built, one on the sand, the other on the rock. Then He talked about the storm threatening both houses. Although both houses were similar and attractive, the one on the ROCK survived the storm, while the other on the sand was swept away—a total loss (Matthew 7:23-27).
Let me ask you a few questions.
Who was the first man if not Adam?
Who inspired the 66 books of the Bible without conflict, if not the all-knowing God of the Bible?
How could scores of prophecies be fulfilled, as they have been, if no one knows the future but God?
Who raised Jesus from the dead if He is a deceiver?
And one more question: Who changed my life and saved my soul when I invited Him into my life and called upon His Name? If it was not the risen Christ of the Cross, the True and Faithful Witness, who gives a saving faith in the record that God has given of his Son? I believe in an inspired Bible because in it God unveils our future. I believe in God’s Word because I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). I believe the grass withers and the flower fades but the Word of the Lord endures forever (Isaiah 40:7).
Here is God’s challenge to you from the heart of the Bible: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
Or how about this challenge? “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, four he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
God has given each of us a free will to choose what we believe. But He has also placed His fingerprints all over His creation, and He has written an instruction manual so we would know how to live (Psalm 19:1; 119:11; 1 Peter 2:11–12). His Word has given us ample evidence that it can be trusted, and those who do trust the Bible, have a solid foundation upon which to build their lives. You can trust God’s Word.