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Jesus’ View of Scripture

Sermon by Joshua Chipchase

Preached on June 25, 2017
Various Texts

OUTLINE

I was once talking with a fellow soldier about the Bible. Another soldier came up and rebuked me saying I shouldn’t follow the Bible because it was for the people way back then, but does not apply to us now. He said, “Don’t follow the Bible, follow Jesus.”

How would you respond to that? I think that in order to find the answer we must look at what Jesus Himself thought about the Scriptures. Let’s look at 5 points.

  1. Jesus believes that the Scriptures had divine authority. Matthew 15:1-6.

    a. Instead of following man-made traditions we need to follow the commandments of God, which are found in the Scriptures.
    b. What Scripture says, God says. Compare Matthew 19:5 with Genesis 2:24.
    c. Jesus believed that the Scriptures had absolute divine authority, shouldn’t we?

  2. Jesus believes that Scripture has no error. Matthew 5:17-19.

    a. When you open up your Bible you can trust that every part of it is applicable today.
    b. God’s Word is perfect down to the smallest part of the smallest letter.
    c. There are many out there with PhD’s and big libraries who will try to tell you that the Bible contains errors, contradictions, or mistakes. “But the Son of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Savior of the world, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of lords, the King of kings, the Messiah–Jesus Christ says that the Bible is perfect, contains no errors, and is 100% trustworthy and reliable. Who do you think you’re going to believe?”

  3. Jesus believes that the Scriptures have the power to save. Luke 16:19-31.

    a. Every single one of us is going to spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Once we get there we will not be able to get out.
    b. The rich man was saying that the Bible was not enough, but that his brothers needed a miracle.
    c. It is not a miracle that saves us, but a message. That message is contained in Moses and the Prophets (i.e. the whole OT).
    d. Look at the Pharisees and all the miracles they saw, yet refused to believe.
    e. What a comfort for evangelism. I don’t need to be a genius; I just have to speak the Bible!

  4. Jesus believes that the Scriptures have the power to sanctify. John 17:17.

    a. You need to immerse yourself in this Book if you want to grow.
    b. When your walk with the Lord isn’t going well it is probably because you have been neglecting the sanctifying Word of God.
    c. Observe how Jesus quoted the Old Testament to fend off the temptations of satan (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).
    d. Jesus believes that this Book can sanctify and change people. Do you believe that?

  5. Jesus believes that the Scriptures are focused on Christ. Luke 24:25.

    a. They should have already known about the Christ and what He was going to do.
    b. Not just one book, or even a few, but all of the books in the OT point to Him, even if only implicitly. The Scriptures are Christocentric.
    c. Many believe that the main message of the Bible is to help must us into moral people. But if that is the case we are doomed!

So how do you respond to somebody who says, “Don’t follow the Bible, follow Jesus.” Our response should be, “I believe the Bible BECAUSE I follow Jesus. I follow Jesus; THEREFORE I follow the Bible.

We must sell everything and follow Jesus

Do I Really Need to Sell Everything??

Mark 10:17-31

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ”20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again,“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

 

When we read the Bible we often do not read the entire context or only see what we would like to see. Jesus’ argument is subtle and involves ellipsis but He is not using an exaggeration but an argument from greater to lesser. First He makes an exclamation about how hard it is hard for a rich man to enter heaven. And next- and this is very important- He says in Mark 10:24 “How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God.” In this second instance He omits any mention of the rich and has proceeded to make a general statement about its difficulty to enter. It is true that in Mk 10:25 He resumes His diatribe against the rich, but this point is to reinforce the general statement of Mk 10:24. In other words, Jesus is arguing that if it is hard for a rich man to enter heaven- the ones whom everyone would have assumed would be first in line- then how much more for those who are not rich. Continue reading Do I Really Need to Sell Everything??