Jesus On Infallibility -- By: David Livingston

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 01:2 (Spring 1988)
Article: Jesus On Infallibility
Author: David Livingston


Jesus On Infallibility

David Livingston

There is considerable debate these days concerning the inerrancy of Scripture. “Inerrancy” and “infallibility” are essentially the same. Jesus Christ believed the Scripture was infallible, or inerrant. Therefore, anyone who claims to be one of His - under His control - should believe and obey it as He did.

What was His view of Scripture?

Negative Aspects

(An argument from a loud silence.)

Jesus never belittled Scripture (as some modern critics do), nor set it aside (as Jewish leaders had done with their Tradition), nor criticised it (although He criticised those who misused it), nor contradicted it (although He rejected many interpretations of it), nor opposed it (although He sometimes was free with or interpretive of it), nor spoke in any way as “higher” critics do of the Old Testament.

Christ’s Use of Scripture

As L. Gaussen has asserted, “We are not afraid to say it: when we hear the Son of God quote the Scriptures, everything is said, in our view, on their divine inspiration - we need no further testimony. All the declarations of the Bible are, no doubt, equally divine; but this example of the Savior of the world has settled the question for us at once. This proof requires neither long nor learned researches; it is grasped by the hand of a child as powerfully as by that of a doctor. Should any doubt, then, assail your soul, let it behold Him in presence of the Scriptures!”1

1. He knew the Scriptures thoroughly, even to words and verb tenses, He obviously had either memorized vast portions or knew it instinctively (John 7:15)2

2. He believed every word of Scripture. All the prophecies concerning Himself were fulfilled, and He believed beforehand that they would be (Mt. 26:53–56, Lk. 24:25–27, Jn. 5:39–47).

3. He believed the Old Testament was historical fact. This is very clear, even though from the Creation (cf. Gn. 2:24 and Mt. 19:4, 5) onward, much of what He believed has long been under fire by critics as mere fiction.

Some examples of historical facts

Lk. 11:51: Abel was a real individual

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