Sunday Reflections 8.16.2015

Jesus' View on the Scripture

A person’s view of Scripture tends to determine their faith.  There are some who think the Bible is a nice book but it was written by men and can be a wonderful crutch if you are weak and need one.   What was Jesus’ view of the Bible?  Jesus’ view of Scripture is so central to our salvation. If someone says, “The Bible is a bunch of made up stories written by men, they are not just disagreeing with us, they are disagreeing with Jesus.” Either the word of God is written by God or written by man. If we say something different than Jesus’ view, we are simply making ourselves out to be the one in charge; the bible is not authoritative over our life we are in charge of the Bible.

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How Does Jesus View the Bible?

Here is a quick test:  Who said this, “and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” If you said, “Jesus” you would be right.  Jesus was quoting Genesis 2:24 where Moses wrote this phrase down.  It is not like it was a quote from God.  Moses wrote it.  Do you see what that means?  Jesus thinks if Moses said it, God said it, they are one in the same.  What Moses writes is God’s word.  Another example is found in Acts.  Luke writes, And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed. What David says is directed by the Holy Spirit so what David says God says.  How does that happen?

Peter gives the way God brought the Scripture to be:

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.   For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Do you see what this means?  God used the personality, the experiences, the skills of the human authors as they wrote down the words that became the Bible.  This is what we mean that the Bible is inspired by God.  God did not dictate the exact words, nor did the writers go into a trance and mystically receive the words.  No the authors wrote what they wanted to write and when they wanted to write and God was in control the entire time.

Check out these short articles on this topic:

  1. Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
  2. Inspiration
  3. Inerrancy and Inspiration of Bible

How do you use your Bible?

  1. Are you reading or studying your Bible? The Pharisees were not rebuked for not studying or reading but for doing it wrongly (John 5:39-40).
  2. When you read are you worshiping God or the Bible? Academic knowledge vs. Oh Taste and See (Psalm 34:8).
  3. THE MAIN POINT OF READING THE SCRIPTURES IS THAT CHRIST MIGHT BE FORMED IN US.
  4. Does your Bible intake lead to humility or pride? Love builds up but knowledge puffs up (1 Cor 8:1).
  5. Does your Bible reading lead you to obedience and meeting your fears head on?
  6. Do you love God and people more after reading the Bible?

Other Questions-

  1. I have heard some argue that studying theology leads to spiritual deadness. Is there any validity to this? Why/why not?
  2. Why is it important to read and reread the whole Bible and not just your favorite parts (Psalm 119:160)?
  3. What errors have you encountered from Christians who avoid reading the entire Bible?

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