Christ and the Scriptures

Matthew 4:4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:7

Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 4:10

10 Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

Matthew 5:17-18

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Matthew 26:53-54

53 Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

Mark 7:13

13 thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

Mark 12:26

26 But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?

Mark 12:24

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?

Matthew 12:40

40 for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Luke 4:17-21

17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

20 And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 10:26

26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”

Luke 16:31

31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Luke 17:28-29

28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

Luke 24:27

27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

John 5:46-47

46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

John 10:35

35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

John 17:17

17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

John 19:28

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.”

What was His attitude toward them? What was His estimate of them? What use did He make of them? The answers to those questions are of supreme importance and must settle the matter once and for all, for what is the opinion of any man worth when placed over against the verdict of the Son of God! Give, then, your best attention while we seek to furnish a reply to those inquiries. Negatively, Christ never cast the slightest doubt upon their validity or called into question their authenticity. When His detractors reminded Him, “Moses wrote unto us” such and such a thing, He did not say that Moses was wrong, but told them they “erred, not knowing the Scriptures” ). When a lawyer sought to ensnare Him, so far from brushing aside the authority of the Scriptures, He enforced the same, saying, “What is written in the Law?” (Luke 10:26). When engaged in any controversy, His invariable appeal was unto the Old Testament, and declared that what David said was “by the Spirit,” (Mark 12:36). Not once did He intimate that it was unreliable and untrustworthy. But let us turn to the positive side. Behold the Lord Jesus when He was assaulted by the Devil, and note well that the only weapon He made use of was the Sword of the Spirit. Each time He repulsed the Tempter with a sentence from the Old Testament (Matt. 4)! And observe that as soon as that mysterious conflict was over, God—to evince His approbation of Christ’s conduct—sent angels to “minister unto Him” (Mark 1:13). Mark how He commenced His public ministry, by entering the synagogue, reading from the Prophet Isaiah, and saying, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:16-21). Hear Him as He declared, “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law till all be fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17, 18). He had come to enforce the teachings of the Old Testament in their minutest detail, to honour and magnify the same, by rendering a personal and perfect obedience to them. He owned the Scriptures as “the Word of God” (Mark 7:13) just as they stood—without any reservation or qualification—thereby authenticating all the books of the Old Testament. So far from regarding the Old Testament as being full of myths and fables, He taught that Abraham, Lot, Moses, Daniel, were real entities. He expressly ratified the very incidents at which the skeptics scoff: the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire from Heaven (Luke 17:28-29), Jonah being three days and nights in the whale’s belly (Matt. 12:40), thereby denying they were but “folk lore,” and establishing their historicity. Christ placed the words of Moses on a par with His own—(John 5:46, 47). Jesus said, “If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31), which again evinces our Lord’s estimate of the Old Testament. It was of supreme authority to Him. When vindicating Himself for affirming His Deity, after quoting from the Psalms He added, “and the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35)—it is infallible, inviolable. When engaged in prayer to the Father He solemnly de1ared, “Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:17): not simply contains the Truth, or even is true, but “is Truth”—without the least tincture of error, the word of Him “that cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). When His enemies came to arrest Him in the Garden and Peter drew his sword, the Saviour rebuked him, saving, “Thinkest thou that I cannot pray to My Father, and that He shall at once give Me more than twelve legions of angels,” yet note well how He at once added, “But how then shall the Scripture be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” (Matt. 26:53, 54). Very blessed is that: showing that the written Word was what regulated His every action, and that it was His strong consolation in His darkest hour. Reverently behold Him on the Cross, and observe Him placing homage upon the sacred Psalter by using its words when undergoing the extreme anguish of Divine desertion (Psa. 22:1; Matt. 27:46). But more—“Jesus . . . that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst” (John 19:28). There was yet one detail predicted of His dying sufferings which had not been accomplished, namely, that, “in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink” (Psa. 69:21), and therefore in subjection to the Divine authority of the Old Testament, He cried “I thirst”! After rising in triumph from the grave, we find our blessed Lord again magnifying the Scriptures: “Beginning at Moses and the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). Thus we are left in no doubt whatever of Christ’s attitude toward, estimate of, and the use which He made of the Scriptures. He ever treated them with the utmost reverence, affirmed their Divine authority, and considered that one word of theirs put an end to all controversy. He averred the Old testament was “the Word of God,” entirely inerrent, verbally inspired, as a whole and in all its parts. He affirmed that the Scriptures are the final court of appeal, and asserted their perpetuity. For the Christian, the testimony of Christ is final: he requires no further evidence or argument. Nor should the non-Christian. It is the height of absurdity to suppose that One who was endowed with infinitely superior wisdom to Solomon should have been imposed upon by a fraud; as it would be horrible blasphemy to say that He knowingly set His imprimatur upon what He knew to be false. Whose judgment, my friend, do you prefer: that of the so-called “advanced thinkers” or the verdict of the Son of God? Which deem you the more trustworthy?