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What Did Jesus Think Of The Bible? Pt 2

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What Did Jesus Think Of The Bible? (part 2)

John 10:30-42 (NIV84) 30I and the Father are one." 31Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?" 33"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God." 34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'? 35If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— 36what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? 37Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." 39Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. 40Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed 41and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true." 42And in that place many believed in Jesus.

• The Bible was central to his outlook, his heart, and his life.

• Jesus believes that “the scripture cannot be broken.”

What it means:
 

1. It’s incontestable.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 (NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

Be careful:

• Don’t miss its truthfulness by infusing personal meaning that isn’t there.

• Don’t miss its truthfulness by overlooking the ancient context that is there.

Variables like history, culture, & language style.

• Don’t miss its truthfulness by reading the text with modern expectations that didn’t exist when it was written.

Psalm 12:6 (NIV) And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

Proverbs 30:5 (ESV) Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Matthew 5:18-19 (GW) “I can guarantee this truth: Until the earth and the heavens disappear, neither a period nor a comma will disappear from the Scriptures before everything has come true. So whoever sets aside any command that seems unimportant and teaches others to do the same will be unimportant in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches what the commands say will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

2. It’s incorruptible.

1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV) For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

3. It’s indestructible.

 

What it means for me:

 

1. I must obey it.

2. I must grasp its purpose.

John 8:31-32 (ESV) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

3. I must let it have its way with me.


Growing Deeper Together (Small Group Discussion Questions)

Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.

Reread todays’ key scripture. How does this portion of scripture show that Jesus is God and is one with the Father? What do they teach us about honoring and believing in Jesus? About eternal life? What does Jesus's statement, "I and the Father are one," mean in 10:30? How do Jesus's works in 10:32 and 37-38 support his words? Why did Jesus receive such a different reception when he ‘went back across the Jordan’? (v40-42)

Shane gave us three “in-” statements. Which is easiest for you to accept? Do you struggle with confidence in any of them? Why? Talk this through with a friend or in your small group. Pray together that the Holy Spirit will illuminate God’s Word and give you assurance of its authenticity and authority in your life.

What difference does it make that Jesus is God and not just a man? Would the promise of verse 28 mean much otherwise?

What has convinced you that Jesus is the Messiah? What old ways of looking at Jesus must you overcome by faith?