There have been thousands of books written about the truth of Scripture and this evidence are many and varied. Unfortunately, most people don’t read the Bible never mind books about the Bible. This has led to the belief that the Bible is full of mistakes or liberal theology which believes the Bible is not relevant for today. Nevertheless, the Bible claims to be the very Word of God, infallible and authoritative in the highest degree.
There is a variety of evidence that point to the Bible being true. These normally fall into the following categories:
- The unity of Scripture
- Fulfilled prophecy
- Historic accuracy
- Scientific accuracy (against popular belief the Bible is not anti-science)
For today, however, we are going to focus on what Jesus’ believed about Scripture. As we read the gospels it is clear, Jesus accepted the statements of the Old Testament Scriptures as historically accurate and factually true. He believed that the Hebrew Scriptures had supreme and unquestioned authority.
‘Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled; (Matthew 5:17-18).
Jot in this verse refers to the little Hebrew letter ‘yod’, which looks like an apostrophe. It is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Tittle is believed by many to refer to the little horn appearing on Hebrew letters. These show us clearly that Jesus considered the smallest detail to be God’s vital.
Jesus upheld the Old Testament Scriptures as a source of doctrinal truth, historical fact and spiritual force, just look at these verses (if reading online, hover over the references) Matthew 7:12, 12:40, 13:14, 15:4; Mark 14:27; Luke 4:4, 8:24-27). He accepted as fact such accounts as the creation of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4-5), the flood in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39), the destruction of Sodom (Luke 17:28-29) and the swallowing of Jonah by a great fish (Matthew 12:40), which many question today.
In John 17:17 Jesus says ‘Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth’. In this broad and comprehensive statement Jesus reaffirmed that God Word is true and in John 10:35 He says ‘Scripture cannot be broken’.
Clearly, Jesus believed the Bible to be true. So, we do we doubt it so often. Do we think that Jesus’ got it wrong? Do we think that we are more educated? Woe to us when we have such foolish thoughts!
- Do you find it difficult to believe the Bible?
Father, Thank You for the Bible. Thank You that it is true. Help us not only to read it but to trust it and live by it. In Jesus’ name, Amen