Great question Willie, and a lot of people out there want the same answer. Let’s see what we can do about alleviating the stress connected to what we believe or don’t believe about the Bible. Today we will attempt to answer the question by listening and watching [from Scripture] the actions and words of the Savior [the Lord Jesus Christ]. If it’s OK I am going to assume that you have accepted Him as personal Savior [see John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-13, etc.]. If my assumption is not correct then please review Scripture asking God to help you understand God’s “free” gift of salvation.
First let’s begin with this idea: “That most Christians at least give lip service to following the Lord Jesus Christ as His disciple [follower]. So perhaps the next thing to ask ourselves, as His follower, how extensively did Jesus trust and live by the Scriptures [Bible, Word of God]. It is important to realize that in His day the only Scriptures were the books of the Old Testament. So, how did He treat them in comparison to other claims of truth?
KEY: If we trust Jesus as our personal Savior [He truly is God, i.e. John 1; Colossians 1; Hebrews 1; Revelation, etc. and God cannot lie] then wouldn’t it make sense to share the same view of Scripture that He had? I believe the correct answer should be YES, if we know Him as Savior.
So, let’s think about what we know of His view as it is taken from the Scriptures. He revealed His trust in the Bible in a number of ways. Sometimes we miss this point simply because we think we must exhibit or present some great theological argument. However, if Christ is God, and He is, then He would know His own Word [the Bible] and so He is the expert and presents undeniable proof that the Bible is His Word.
1. So, the way He treated the Old Testament historical accounts is important. He always treated them as trustworthy facts, even the events that many people today consider myths.
2. Biblical truths that Jesus treated as fact:
- Jesus acknowledged that Adam and Eve were the first married couple. (Matthew 19:3-6; Mark 10:3-9)
- Jesus acknowledged Abel as the first prophet and was martyred. (Luke 11:50-51)
- Jesus acknowledged the accounts of Noah and the Flood as being real. (Matthew 24:37-39)
- Jesus acknowledged the account of Lot and his wife as real. (Luke 17:28-32)
- Jesus acknowledged the account of Sodom and Gomorrah as historical fact. (Matthew 10:15)
- Jesus acknowledged as fact Moses and the serpent in the wilderness. (John 3:14)
- Jesus acknowledged as fact the manna from heaven. (John 6:32-33; 6:49)
- Jesus acknowledged the miracles of Elijah as historical fact. (Luke 4:25-27)
- Jesus acknowledged Jonah and the big fish as being fact. (Matthew 12:40-41)
KEY: Jesus did not allegorize these accounts but took them as real events that actually happened just as the Old Testament describes. He used the factual events to encourage His disciples and reassure them that the future events of His own death, resurrection and Second Coming would also certainly happen in a future time.
With a couple of statements Jesus indicated that Bible Truth in its entirety was unshakable.
- In John 10:34-35, Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken.” In other words not only is the Bible’s historical record accurate, but in prophecy, morality, theology, the Biblical record cannot be contradicted or made to say something different than what is actually recorded.
- In Luke 24:25-27, Jesus rebuked His disciples for not believing all that “the prophets” had spoken [which He equated with “all Scriptures”].
POINT: As we have reviewed His statements and actions pertaining to the Bible, we must conclude that His view was that “all Scripture is trustworthy and should be believed. Therefore, there is no standard higher than Scripture for what we are to believe or obey.
Willie, much more could be said, but I trust you will consider the Scriptures as your necessary guide. Because Christ believed them, you can and should consider them trustworthy.
Finally, listen to the Apostle Paul and Peter as they support the Scriptures [both the Old Testament and New Testament truth]:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3;16-17, NKJV)
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
Rev. Tom Shelton