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On Sunday I finished an eight week sermon series on the doctrine of Scripture. In this last sermon I encouraged the church to have the same doctrine of Scripture that Jesus did. If he his our Lord and our Master—even if he were only a great teacher—surely we want his view of the Bible to be our view of the Bible.

After working through four main texts (John 10:35, Matthew 5:17-19; 12:38-42; 19:4-5) I provided a summary of Jesus’ doctrine of Scripture.

Jesus held Scripture in the highest possible esteem. He knew his Bible intimately and loved it deeply. He often spoke with language of Scripture. He easily alluded to Scripture. And in his moments of greatest trial and weakness—like being tempted by the devil or being killed on a cross—he quoted Scripture.

His mission was to fulfill Scripture, and his teaching always upheld Scripture.

He never disrespected, never disregarded, never disagreed with a single text of Scripture.

He affirmed every bit of law, prophecy, narrative, and poetry. He shuddered to think of anyone anywhere violating, ignoring, or rejecting Scripture.

Jesus believed in the inspiration of Scripture, down  to the sentences, to the phrases, to the words, to the smallest letter, to the tiniest mark.

He accepted the chronology, the miracles, and the authorial ascriptions as giving the straightforward facts of history.

He believed in keeping the spirit of the law without ever minimizing the letter of the law. He affirmed the human authorship of Scripture while at the same time bearing witness to the ultimate divine authorship of the Scriptures.

He treated the Bible as a necessary word, a sufficient word, a clear word, and the final word.

It was never acceptable in his mind to contradict Scripture or stand above Scripture.

He believed the Bible was all true, all edifying, all important, and all about him. He believed absolutely that the Bible was from God and was absolutely free from error. What Scripture says God says, and what God said was recorded infallibly in Scripture.

Jesus submitted his will to the Scriptures, committed his brain to study the Scriptures, and humbled his heart to obey the Scriptures.

In summary, it is impossible to revere the Scriptures more deeply or affirm them more completely than Jesus did. The Lord Jesus, God’s Son and our Savior, believed his Bible was the word of God down to the tiniest speck and that nothing in all those specks and in all those books in his Bible could ever be broken.

For the exegetical, theological, and logical work that leads to that conclusion, you’ll have to check out the whole sermon.

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61 thoughts on “Jesus’ Doctrine of Scripture”

  1. faithworks says:

    @ James Rednour,

    Based on what you have been saying, sounds like christianity and the Word of God is a crutch for many to get by in life. Denying the reality of the Word of God is where truth lies, and you have found it.
    So when Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Your response will be no! I do not believe. Better to create a god that fits your own moral appetites then to bow the knee to one that commands holiness. The cost to follow Christ is just too great. So in the end if God does judge us by the standard of the 10 Commandments and you are found guilty, without God’s mercy and grace through faith in Christ alone, then what choice will God have but to give you what you want, life without Him. Then what Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 will be found to be true, resinating in the inner most parts. “And dot fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

  2. R. Delaney says:


    Taking a jab at Calvinism is a diversionary tactic on your part. Those who love the Lord Jesus Christ love Him with a love that is incorruptable. How do I know that I’m saved? I keep loving the Lord and walking with Him. How did your apostasy happen? You stopped believing, stopped walking with and following Christ. Doctrinal knowledge doesn’t necessarily translate into being born again. I know some people who comprehend only very basic doctrine, but they are transformed sinners who live for Christ. Those who follow the Great Shepherd hear his voice and follow him. Like Peter, they say, “Lord, to whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”

    You said:

    “Christianity is a good thing overall when it provides a moral guide for society. It also helps people by providing a mechanism for coping with sorrow and disappointment.”

    In other words, you recognize it’s inherent value and worth–primarily for others. Then you note that its’ beliefs help people during difficult times (but of course, it’s just a delusion, but hey, it comforts those poor weak-minded religious folks).

    If Christianity is not true, you should scrap the whole thing. You’re living with an internally inconsistent world view. You want to maintain Christian morality and cultural values, but you don’t acknowledge the very truths that undergird them. If you have any intellectual integrity, stop playing these games. Embrace the conclusions your beliefs lead to and stop utilizing Christianity because you like the moral framework…

  3. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    Jesus’ Doctrine of Scripture

    Here’s a review of a book titled:

    Inerrancy and Worldview


    “The primary reason I find Poythress’s volume helpful is his method for defending inerrancy. Although Poythress traverses the varied terrain of common objections to scriptural truth in order to bolster the claim that the Bible is without error, his chief goal throughout the book is to highlight how worldview ultimately determines how one approaches the biblical text. Accordingly, Poythress presents inerrancy as both an intellectual and spiritual matter.

    Poythress observes that the difference between a biblical worldview and most other worldviews is that the Bible presents a personal God. “According to the Bible, God is the Creator and sustainer of the world, and God is personal. God’s personal character makes a difference” (21). Since God is personal, so are language, knowledge, and truth. Worldviews constructed on the assumption that the universe is impersonal will approach language, knowledge, and truth much differently than a biblical worldview.

    This distinction between a personal universe and an impersonal universe provides the framework within which Poythress answers several objections typically leveled against the trustworthiness of the Bible. He examines challenges offered by modern science, historical criticism, and linguistics, noting throughout how a person’s commitment to an impersonal worldview—like materialism, for example—will preclude his acceptance of biblical teaching. Poythress also examines protests against biblical inerrancy posited by sociology, psychology, Marxism, and feminism, observing how each academic discipline or worldview can lead to significant biases in how one approaches and handles the biblical text.

    In the latter half of the book, Poythress examines a few specific problem passages while providing reasonable explanations for these “alleged contradictions” in Scripture. He concludes the book with several chapters that consider in more depth the notion—mentioned earlier in the book—that objections to inerrancy are, at their root, spiritual. Intellectual objections to the Bible’s truth claims are expressions of inner rebellion against the Creator, not the chief cause of a person’s unbelief.

    Wow. That last sentence packs a wallop. Worth repeating:

    Intellectual objections to the Bible’s truth claims are expressions of inner rebellion against the Creator, not the chief cause of a person’s unbelief.

    “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)

  4. Great post, as always, Mr. DeYoung. I agree with the commenter who said those people who like to deny inerrency just like to ignore the parts they don’t like. There are parts I don’t like (I actually just finished Leviticus this morning) but I know God has them in there for a reason.
    And it makes sense to me that Jesus wouldn’t “hold Himself above the scriptures.” I mean, I wouldn’t word it in that way, because it’s almost a non-statement. It’s His own revelation of Himself, so, He wouldn’t disagree with it.

  5. Johs says:

    When yui speak of Jesus and his relationship to the Bible, you speak as if the Bible existed at His time. This make sir hard to take this seriously.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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