Last week, we kicked things off with our official Bible Quiz-o-rama to help assess our Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more Bible into our ♥s.
This week, we’re taking a deeeeep dive into this question:
What exactly is the Bible?
Today, we’ll look at what Jesus himself said.
Jesus’ Scripture was the Old Testament. He had a lot to say about it. In fact, Jesus quoted or paraphrased the OT nearly 50 times in the Gospels.
Right after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. How did he conquer Satan’s attacks? With Scripture. He said:
It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
God’s word is our spiritual sustenance. Without it, we wither.
Is Scripture optional? Here’s what Jesus said:
Scripture cannot be set aside. (John 10:35)
Is God’s word reliable? Here’s what Jesus said about that:
Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
On more than one occasion Jesus explained that the OT pointed directly to him:
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:39-40)
He said to them, “How foolish you are and slow to believe all that the Prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and the Prophets, he began to explain to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27)
How long did Jesus think his words would last?
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Matthew 22:35)
The Bible has loooooots more to say about itself. It even tells us where to keep it. Tune in tomorrow to find out where.
Until then …
Read the Bible.
All of it.
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