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Knowing and Serving God

August 6

OUR LORD AND SCRIPTURE

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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.
Matthew 5:17-18

The most vital testimony about the authority of the Bible that we must adduce is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Read your Gospels, and notice the way in which He constantly quotes the Old Testament. Notice the way in which He assumed that it is authoritative, that it puts a matter beyond argument and beyond any dispute whatsoever. He just says, "It is written," and that is final (see, for example, Luke 19:46; John 6:45). He obviously accepted the Old Testament in toto as authoritative, final, and supreme.

There are also certain specific statements that He made: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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" (Matthew 5:17-18). And in a sense that is the whole of the Old Testament--Moses and the prophets. "I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Then you will find Him, for example, saying, "And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female" (Matthew 19:4). That quotation alone is sufficient to show that our Lord regarded what we read in the early chapters of Genesis as being authoritative for the whole question of man and woman and their appearance in the world. So if you begin to play fast and loose with the authority of the Scriptures and with the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures, you are of necessity involved in difficulties about the person of the Lord Himself.

A Thought to Ponder
The most vital testimony about the authority of the Bible is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

From God the Father, God the Son, p. 31.






Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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