Jesus Christ On The Inerrancy Of Scripture -- By: David Livingston

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 23:1 (Winter 2010)
Article: Jesus Christ On The Inerrancy Of Scripture
Author: David Livingston


Jesus Christ On The Inerrancy Of Scripture

David Livingston

There is considerable debate these days concerning the inerrancy of Scripture. The authority of God’s Word is the main issue. But, if one yields to the authority of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach), he must, in turn, yield to Christ’s view of Scripture itself. Anyone and everyone who claims to be a Christian (a believer under the authority of Christ) must hold to the same view He did! What was it?

Negative Aspects (An Argument From Silence—But A Loud Silence!)

Jesus (Yeshua) never belittled Scripture (as some modern critics do), or set it aside (as the Jewish leaders of His day had done with their oral traditions), or criticized it (although He criticized those who misused it), or contradicted it (although He rejected many interpretations of it), or opposed it (although He sometimes was free or interpretive with it), nor spoke in any way as “higher” critics do of the OT (Tanakh).

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, every thing 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 the presence of the Scriptures! (1894: 93).

A Sixth Century mosaic of Jesus at the Church San Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. Jesus knew the Old Testament Scriptures down to individual words and even verb tenses. He memorized it. He believed in the historical truth of the passages from the Old Testament that modern day critics openly deny…including the early chapters of Genesis and the books of Jonah and Daniel. Critics and their skepticism stand against Jesus Christ and what He believed and taught about the Scriptures.

1. He knew the Scriptures thoroughly, even to words and verb tenses. He obviously had either memorized vast portions or knew it instinctively: John 7:15.1

2. He believed every word of Scripture. All the prophecies concerning Himself were fulfilled,2 and He believed beforehand they would be.

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