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Christ and the Scriptures

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June 27, 2021 8:00 am

Christ and the Scriptures

The Bible Study Hour / James Boice

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June 27, 2021 8:00 am

Can Christians worship the Bibleeven place it above the worship of Christ? Can God’s Word be held in higher esteem than God Himself? Some believe so, but perhaps we should view Scripture through the eyes of our Savior and discover His perspective. Join Dr. James Boice on The Bible Study Hour as he shows us Jesus’ thoughts on God’s Word.

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There are Christians who fear the danger of putting too much emphasis on the Bible concerned that God's word might be held in higher esteem than God himself. In light of that perspective, it may be valuable to look at the significance Jesus placed on the word of God. Welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Bortz preparing you to think and act quickly.

Jesus quoted Scripture throughout his earthly ministry, he believed the Scriptures were absolute, eternal and unchangeable, and the Christians only course of action was to live in total conformity to them. Listen now as Dr. Boyce directs us to Christ view of the law, God's holy word for the direction and fulfillment of our lives is not at all uncommon in our seminaries today for a young man to be taught that if he stands firm on a high view of Scripture is the church in previous ages as always Don. He runs the danger of goodly all x-ray or Bible worship as to say runs the danger of actually worshiping the Bible instead of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of placing it on a pedestal which even Jesus himself did not assigned to it. Course the things that are taught in the seminaries are eventually repeated in the churches so entirely possible that you have heard this also is it true is possible to have two exalted view of Scripture. I do not believe that it is, in fact, I believe that in opposition to this erroneous approach.

The careful student of the Bible must maintain that Christ so identified himself with Scripture and so interpreted his ministry in the light of Scripture. But it's impossible to weaken the authority of the one without. At the same time weakening the authority of the other week seven Christ teachings is due at the same time except his high view of the word of God.

What did the Lord Jesus Christ teach about the Bible taught many things and on many occasions, of course, but by far the most comprehensive answer that the Lord Jesus ever gave to this question is contained in the verses to which we now come in our study of the sermon on the Mount, Jesus said think not that I am come to destroy the law of the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. Verily, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass one John or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whosoever shall do and teach them the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven by saying to you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. According to these verses Jesus taught that he did not come to supplant the Scriptures, or to oppose them. He came to fulfill them and to fulfill them precisely in our next study we will look at the specific ways in which Jesus Christ did fulfill the Scriptures today we want to look in a general way at the truancy taught about them. The first truth that we find in these verses is the truth that the Scriptures and of course Christ was referring to the whole of the Old Testament that the Scriptures are absolute they are eternal and unchangeable. They are the rock upon which the Christian can build the standard written beyond any alteration or recall they are the Supreme Court of all Supreme Court's from their verdict.

There is no further appeal. Moreover, this is true not only in a passive, but also an active sense for the decision.

The Bible gives is an efficacious decision as to say one that actually brings about the fact that stated we might illustrate this aspect of the Bible's function by a comparison of the Scriptures with the Supreme Court of the United States. Suppose that the Supreme Court is ask for a decision on the matter that is already common practice across the country, but which is been challenged by a suit. If the Supreme Court finds the practice to be in conformity with the Constitution of the United States. This decision is final and the practice must stand. If, however, as in the case of segregation in the public schools. The practice is found to be out of conformity with the Constitution of the United States, then the practice must be changed in the decision reached at the bench of the Supreme Court is seen to be one that affects the conduct of millions of citizens in the ordering of their lives and of their destinies clearly Jesus Christ believe that the Bible was the supreme authority over life in both of these senses with the court from which there was no further appeal and it was the court whose decisions already recorded were affecting and would continue to affect the lives of men everywhere. According to Jesus, the only possible course of action for anyone, including himself, was to live in total conformity to it. For even though heaven and earth should pass away, he said nothing would ever pass from this book until everything it speaks of it indeed come to pass, was also evident from these verses that the Lord Jesus Christ considered each part of the Bible, inspired this is to say that according to his teaching the Bible was not only authoritative was authoritative and even the littlest part. Jesus said, till heaven and earth pass, one jaunt door one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all the fulfilled evident even as we read this unusual phrase today that the phrase, one jot or one tittle was a rabbinical expression referring to the smallest part of the law of thought. Also quite rabbinical. Was that not even the smallest part of the law would perish or be forgotten. The jot was the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet letter that we would transliterate by an aura why written Hebrew. It resembled, though it was written near the top of the letters rather than near the bottom.

The tittle was what we would call a seraph a tiny protrusion on letters that distinguishes a Roman typeface from a more modern one in many Bible Psalm 119 is divided up into 22 sections, each beginning with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the reader of the English Bible can see what a tittle is by comparing the Hebrew letter before verse nine and Psalm 119 with a Hebrew letter before verse 81 the first letter is a bait. The second one is a cough and the only difference between them is the tittle the same feature distinguishes the dollar from radiation, while from Siam, according to Jesus, then not even and all I or a seraph of the law would be lost until the whole law was fulfilled. Do believe that you should because Christ taught it. If you are Christ's disciple. You cannot remain faithful to his teachings in Saia. I like the sermon on the mount, but I don't like the references to the blood of Jesus Christ. They offend me. You can say I like prophecy than neglect Christ's ethics. You can say I like the New Testament but not the Old Testament. I like certain things that Jesus Christ said but not other things.

Jesus Christ said you must take it all for Jesus taught. In effect, as Paul said that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Furthermore, Jesus went on to teach that not only is Scripture absolute and only use every part of it absolute, but also that he had come to fulfill it.

This means that Scripture finds its fullest meaning in him is buying him for him. It is about him and it's an enigma must the one who reads it seems the Lord Jesus Christ at its core must remember that Jesus Christ was the author of Scripture during the Old Testament. Subsequent to that he was one who came and lived on earth to fulfill it that he inspired the New Testament writers to correctly interpret the things that he had already done. If you ever study to be a teacher will know that one of the first things they tell you is that if you want to make your point clearly. You first have to tell your students what you are going to say.

Then you have to say it.

Finally, after tell them what you said this is what Jesus Christ did.

He foretold his coming. He came and then he told men about it. Bus Scripture from beginning to end is of him unnaturally. All of these principles are illustrated for us by Christ's own handling of the Bible in a particular scriptural texts. For instance, just one chapter earlier in the Gospel of Matthew in chapter 4 Jesus defeated Satan, on the occasion of his temptation by the use of three direct quotations from the book of Deuteronomy Jesus had gone into the wilderness to be tempted as a man by the devil and Satan come to him and it said, in effect, look, you don't want to defeat me as a man, why don't you fight temptation by using your divine powers. Strengthen yourself supernaturally by demanding that these stones become bread. Jesus replied, in effect, know I will defeat you as a man by depending on Scripture for its written man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Satan said all right then you want to use Scripture will do it that way. I'm a Bible student myself, and in that capacity I would like to remind you of Psalm 91 verses 11 and 12 says for he shall give his angels charge over the to keep the in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Why don't you trust that promise by throwing yourself from the temple when God does bear you up, you will of provided a supernatural defense of your religious claims.

Jesus answered that temptation by quoting Deuteronomy 616 thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test. By this time Satan was on the defensive in the battle with Christ and he became entirely open and is good for the Lord's approval. He said all right.

I know that you are able to win the struggle and that you will win it.

I can order things so you will have to die on the cross to rescue this world for your purposes world is been entrusted to me, temporarily at least, as you yourself recognize when you called me the prince of this world.

I will have it all to you now, if only you will fall down and worship me. Jesus replied with a final devastating sword thrust from God's word is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve in the greatest spiritual battle of Christ's life in a direct encounter with the devil victory was won by a direct quotation of three versus from the heart of the Old Testament law. After his temptation, Jesus left the area of the Jordan where the taken place and he went back home to Nazareth, where he began his formal ministry went into the synagogue and the Sabbath day and was asked to read the Scripture so took the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and opened it to chapter 61 verses one to any read this the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor you sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised to preach the acceptable year of the Lord when he had finished reading, he put the scroll down and said this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. This must've been astounding for Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah. One about whom Isaiah had written and he was identifying his forthcoming ministry with the lines set out for it in Scripture. Hundreds of years before.

Sometime later in the early months of his ministry, we find the disciples of John the Baptist coming to Jesus with John's question thou he that should come or do we look for another Jesus answers by a second reference to the same section of Isaiah's prophecy. He said don't take my word for who I am looking Isaiah and what he foretold about the Messiah. Then see if I'm fulfilling it. In other words, Jesus challenged other people to evaluate his ministry in the light of God's word. On another occasion the Sadducees came to them with a trick question about the status of marriage in heaven. And the reality of the resurrection. Jesus answered first by a review that they did not know either the Scriptures of the power of God and second by a direct quotation from Exodus 36 which the point of the quotation consisted in the tense of the verb. I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. According to Christ's argument.

There must be a resurrection, otherwise God would have had to say I was the God of Abraham, not I am bus, he proved the doctrine of the resurrection by the difference between the past and present tenses of the Hebrew verb. On many occasions, Jesus appealed to the Scriptures in support of his actions in defense of his cleansing of the temple in reference to his submission to the cross.

He taught that Scripture cannot be broken. Heath foretold the scattering of the disciples on the night of his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane, because as he said it is written, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered a direct quotation from Zechariah 13 seven. Return to the fifth chapter of John's Gospel and we find Jesus talking to the Jewish rulers in a long section dealing with his authority and with witnesses to his religious claims gets to the climax and it has to do entirely with Scripture. What does he say about it. He says that nobody would ever believe in him would not first believed in the writings of Moses for Moses wrote of them he search the Scriptures for them. You think you have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me to think that I will accuse you to the father is one that accuse with you, even Moses, in whom you trust. Reggie believed Moses, he would've believed me, for he wrote of me if you believe not his writings. How shall ye believe my words, it is stated as plainly as it can be stated if you reject the Bible you will reject Jesus Christ.

If you believe the Bible you will accept him, for he is the subject of it we go further in Christ's life we find them hanging on the cross we ask what is Jesus thinking about their the answer is Scripture. He says my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me quotation from Psalm 22 verse one.

He says that he first may give them a sponge, filled with vinegar in order that Psalm 6921 might be fulfilled. Three days later after the resurrection.

He's on the way to Emmaus with two of his disciples chiding them because they have not used Scripture to understand the necessity of his suffering. He says oh foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken, ought not Christ would've suffered these things to enter into his glory, beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded under them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. When we sum it all up, we find that Jesus Christ believed Scripture that he submitted himself to Scripture that he taught that a person would only believe on him as he believed Scripture and so were left with the question, how can we profess to be followers of Jesus Christ and not hold to the same view of Scripture as he did. I've done a good bit of work in the general area of New Testament studies and I know that there are difficult areas. All of the problems of not been solved. In some may never be solved on this earth. I also believe that we need to define our doctrine of Scripture more clearly we need to say precisely what such words as inspiration and infallibility mean and what they don't mean but these are secondary matters compared with the total allegiance of the Christian. The word of God is that your standard you submit yourself to Scripture as Jesus did.

You acknowledge Christ is the author Christ is the subject. Christ is the authoritative interpreter of his own acts. If you do you will go on from faith to faith and from knowledge to knowledge, understanding more of his ministry, and therefore more of what he requires of you as his follower in our father, we thank you for your eternal and inexhaustible word that chest of treasures in source of all spiritual nourishment grant that we may all be increasingly faithful in studying it, and that we may see Jesus more and more in its pages. We pray in Jesus name, amen. Are you are listening to the Bible study hours featuring the teaching of Dr. James Boyce. Jesus was the fulfillment of Old Testament law. So what does that mean for our lives today. Dr. Boyce explores that question and provides answers in our free CD offer entitled the fulfilling of the law. This free message is our gift to you to receive your free CD. Call 1-800-488-1888.

That's 1-800-488-1888 ask for the fulfilling of the law. Scripture encourages even commands us to give back a portion of what we've been given. If you're challenged and encouraged by Dr. Boyce is clear biblical messages. Would you consider giving back to support this ministry, you can make a contribution by calling us directly at 1-800-488-1888, or by visiting us online at the Bible study our God work. Our postal address 600 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. We thank you for your prayerful and financial support. The message you just heard as well as other content from Dr. Boyce and many reform teachers, authors and speakers is available@reformedresources.org that's reformed is.org now before we wrap up today a bit of a treat for you when this message was originally broadcast back in June 1970, Dr. Boyce included a brief interview he had conducted with Margaret Barnhouse, wife of the late Donald Gray Barnhouse, founder of the Bible study our here's an excerpt from that discussion in today's message.

We emphasized how important the Bible was to Jesus Christ how authoritative he regarded it. I know this is Barnhouse for my own personal experience with Dr. Barnhouse that he also placed the Bible in the highest possible plane. What if you could share with us some of his thinking along this line cannot have here with me this morning is very study Bible that he used. It's an enormous thing because it bound with blank pages in it for him to use as he studied and some of them are blank where he wasn't working in that particular part of the battle and some are scribbled so full that you can hardly read them in the very beginning. I have written down of what he had taken out of apparently an earlier battle and pasted in here and this is something which he had carried through his life teaching from some of the greats who preceded him and he says the Bible is God speaking in nine God speaking Batman God speaking as a man, God speaking for man. It is God speaking. Yes, that's good. And in his study battle. He found this written inspiration is not peculiar control exercised by the Holy Spirit over the hearts and minds of the writers whereby they were Absolutely from error in recording old facts already known and new facts receive direct revelation from God.

From 1970 Dr. James Boyce in the late Margaret Barnett's high mark in Jesus taught many things during his earthly ministry, but his greatest instructions concerned the Scriptures.

He taught that they carried complete authority that all Scripture was to be fulfilled in him.

Join Dr. James Boyce next time as he presents the evidence of the Savior that fulfilled both the law and the prophets. That's next time on the Bible study hours preparing you to think and act


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