Jesus Talks About the Bible

David Bast

READ : Matthew 5:17-20

The phrase “the Law and the Prophets” was the way a Jew of Jesus’ time referred to the Hebrew scriptures, which were divided into those two sections. Jesus was talking about the whole Bible as it was then constituted what we call the Old Testament.

Jesus loved the Bible. He had the greatest regard and esteem for it. That comes through every word he speaks about it. Jesus lived by the Bible. “Man does not live on bread alone,” Jesus recited, “but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3). That is exactly how Jesus himself lived. Jesus fulfilled the Bible. That is what he said he came to do to fulfill, not just in the sense of obeying all the commands of God’s Law (which he did) but to fulfill in the sense of completing the scriptures. Jesus is the one to whom the whole Old Testament points.

Evangelical Christians are sometimes criticized for practicing bibliolatry, the worship of a book. That’s a false accusation. We don’t worship a book; we worship Jesus. But because we do that, we also reverence the Word of God just as he did. Authentic Christianity is always biblical Christianity, a faith marked by love for the Bible, and shaped and directed by biblical teaching.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your word. Help us to live by it faithfully. In Jesus’ name. Amen.