We Should Be Biblicists in the Same Way Jesus Was

Kevin DeYoung describes Jesus’ view of Scripture:

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  • He believed that the entire Old Testament came from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
  • He believed that for Scripture to say something was the same as God speaking (Matt. 19:4-5).
  • He believed the inspiration of Scripture went down to the individual words (John 10:30).
  • He believed that Scripture cannot fail, cannot be wrong, and by implication cannot ultimately contradict itself (John 10:35).
  • He believed that the apostolic teaching – what is now preserved in the words of the New Testament – would be divinely inspired by the Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:12-15).
  • He settled disputes on all kinds of matters, from Christological to ethical to political, by appealing to Scripture, often “prooftexting” from a single verse (see Matt. 41-10; 19:1-7; 22:32).
  • He believed there were correct interpretations to Scripture that others should recognize even in the midst of interpretive pluralism (Matt. 5:21-48; 22:29).


For further reading on the topic, John Wenham’s Christ and the Bible (Third Edition, 2009) is an excellent place to start.

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