STOTT: JESUS AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (VIDEO)

 

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John 5_39_REVISED

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The Lord Jesus Christ said, among other things: “the Scrip­ture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), and “it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail” (Luke 16:17). He accepted Moses as the author of the Pentateuch (Luke 24:27; John 5:46,47), Isaiah as the author of both major “divisions” of the book of Isaiah (Matthew 13:14, citing Isaiah 6:9,10, and John 12:38, citing Isaiah 53:1), and Daniel as the author of the book of Daniel (Matthew 24:15).

 

Christ accepted the historicity of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4,5), of Abel (Matthew 23:35), of Noah (Luke 17:26), of Abraham (John 8:56-58), and Lot (Luke 17:28). Likewise, He believed that the Genesis records of creation (Mark 10:6-9) and the flood (Matthew 24:37-39) were historically true.

 

Neither did Christ have any problem in believing the Old Testament miracles, as do the modern critics. He believed in the supernatural destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:29) and the calamity of Lot’s wife (Luke 17:32). He accepted the miracle of the manna (John 6:32), the healing of the serpents’ bites (John 3:14), the miracles of Elijah and Elisha (Luke 4:25-27) and the deliverance of Jonah from the whale (Matthew 12:39,40).

 

It is no light burden which modern liberal preachers and theo­logians assume, when they presume to know more about such matters than did the One whom they profess as their Master. To Christ and the Apostles, the Old Testament was absolutely reliable, authentic, and verbally inspired of God, and that should settle the matter for all who claim to be Christians.

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