In one of Christ’s frequent disputes with the Jews, the Lord officially declared what was declared from the beginning: “And the scripture cannot be broken” (Jn. 10:35). We view the Bible infallible because of such biblical points as this. When faithful Christians are called ‘Legalist’ for revering the bible as being totally inspired of God, they can rest assured that the scripture has God’s divine approval. Holy Scripture not only claims inspiration for itself, but goes beyond mere inspiration to argue that this product of divine activity, once written, is also completely trustworthy.
Jesus clearly knew that the bible was totally dependable. After all, the Word of God had been settled in heaven. (Ps 119:89) He knew it could stand the examination of future generations because the Word of God had been tested and tried. (Ps 12:6)
The apostles of Christ also treated the Bible with reverence and respect. When Peter preached on Pentecost, he identified the ancient words of the prophet David with the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:25-33). Later, the author of Hebrews quoted from Psalm 95:7 and said those words were the words of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 3:7). They understood that the words written in the Bible were the very words of God Himself, not the mere words of mortal man. Thus, they were flawless, perfect, and not susceptible to error.
Jesus also viewed a biblical answer as the solution to any religious problem. His dispute with the Jews was settled by citing the Bible as His only reference. Notice, Jesus didn’t quote to them the words of men, but the Word of God. When the Devil misused the Word of God, Jesus, by the power of the scripture, refuted the Devil (Matt. 4:5-7).
Jesus saw the fallacious arguments of men as broken by Scripture. Far from the Bible being wrong, it was those men who refused to accept the truth statements of God’s Word who were in error. It was this same faith which later inspired Paul to write, “Yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).
This is why even in the old testament that no one was allowed to alter the Word of God. Moses said, “ You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. ” This was also true in the new testament. The apostle Paul said, “…that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written;…” (1 Cor 4:6) The apostle Peter continued the same biblical principle when he said, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.” (1 Pet 4:11) The apostle John concluded the matter with the most ominous warning when he said, “ For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev 22:18,19)
I know most preachers today no longer trust the Word of God for absolute truth. They are constantly questioning the definitive Word as if it contained hidden error within. Most do this to prove a doctrine which the bible ultimately has condemned. Thereby, they attempt to take man written lexicons and commentaries to prove or disprove what God’s Word has already proven. Remember this my beloved brethren, God cannot lie. (Heb 6:18,19) The apostles lied not. (Rom 9:1 ff; 2 Cor 11:31; Gal 1:20; 1 Tim 2:7) Trust the Word of God for truth for it is all sufficient for our salvation! (2 Pet 1:3) God’s Word cannot be broken for it endures forever! (Jn 10:35 f; 1 Pet 1:23-25) Therefore, God’s Word cannot be changed, and thus we shall all be judged by it. (Gal 1:6-9 f; Jn 12:48)