What did Jesus say about the reliability of the Bible?
by Norman Geisler
What Jesus Affirmed about the Bible.
If Jesus is the Son of God, then what he affirmed about the Bible is true.
Jesus affirmed that the Bible is the infallible, indestructible, inerrant Word of God.
What Jesus Affirmed about the Old Testament. The New Testament was not written until after Jesus ascended into heaven. Hence, his statements about the Bible refer to the Old Testament. But what Jesus confirmed for the Old Testament, he also promised for the New Testament.
Jesus affirmed the divine authority of the Old Testament.
Jesus and his disciples used the phrase “it is written” more than ninety times. It is usually in the perfect tense, meaning, “it was written in the past and it still stands as the written Word of God.” Often Jesus used in the sense of “this is the last word on the topic. The discussion is over.” Such is the case when Jesus resisted the temptation of the Devil.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. . . . Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Jesus said to him, It is again written, Thou shalt not tempt [the] Lord thy God. . . . Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [Matt. 4:4, 7, 10, emphasis added]
This use demonstrates that Jesus believed the Bible to have final and divine authority.
Jesus affirmed the Old Testament to be imperishable.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, to fulfill. Think not that I am come to make void the law or the prophets. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17–18). Jesus believed the Old Testament to be the imperishable Word of the eternal God.
Jesus affirmed the Old Testament to be inspired.
Although Jesus never used the word inspiration, he did use its equivalent. To the Pharisees’ question, he retorted: “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’?” (Matt. 22:43, emphasis added). Indeed, David himself said of his own words, “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue” (2 Sam. 23:2). This is precisely what is meant by inspiration…
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