Question #15: Describe Jesus’ view of the Scriptures.

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Answer: Ryrie investigates the evidences of Matt 4:1-11; 5:17-18; 22:23-33; 41-46; Jn 10-31-38; and Christ’s use of the Old Testament.  In the first passage, “Jesus accepted the plenary inspiration of the Bible.”  Christ “did not say ‘some words’ but ‘every word.’  If Scripture is breathed out from God (2 Tim. 3:16) then Scripture must be included in what sustains man, not only parts of Scripture but all of it” (Basic Theology, 86).

In Matt 5:17-18, “Christ does not start with concepts” but “the promises are based on the words as spelled, and those words can be relied on fully and in detail” (88).  “The Lord’s promise was that all of the promises of the Old Testament will be fulfilled precisely as they were spelled out” (89).

In Jn 10:31-38, “the Bible is verbally inspired.  He pointed to the Jews to what have been written.”  That the Bible is “minutely inspired” and “authoritatively inspired” is also asserted in this passage because Christ “rightly assumed He could count on any part of the Bible and any word in any part.”

In Matt 22:23-33, the Sadducees erred by not knowing the Scripture, and not knowing the power of God.  Then Christ proceeded to correct them with sound doctrine.

Finally, Christ’s treated the Old Testament as authoritative.  His attitude towards the Bible should be our greatest model.  “The spelling of words can be trusted completely… the Scriptures cannot be broken… The Lord built sophisticated arguments on single words and even the tense of a verb” (93-94).


One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.

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