In one of Christ’s frequent disputes with His critics, the Lord made this statement: “and the scripture cannot be broken” (Jn. 10:35). This may be a small comment but its importance is great!
We view the Bible the way we do, as infallible, because of such biblical points as this. When we are today insulted and attacked because our view of Scripture seems to some to be naive and out of date. We rest assured in the faith that our trust in the scripture has the stamp of divine approval upon it. 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 our Savior clearly thought of the Book of Books as totally dependable. He believed it could stand the test of fair and honest examination. We know so because He said so. Those Jews with whom He took up His contention would not have dared to question this assumption. They agreed with it. They could only have done what they did – to try to silence Him – by other means (as verse 39 indicates).
The apostles of Christ also treated the Bible with an appropriate attitude of 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, thus, saw the words written in the Bible as the words of God Himself, not the words of mere men. Thus, they were not, like the words of mere men, susceptible to error.
Jesus also viewed a biblical answer as the solution to any religious problem. His dispute with the Devil was settled by citing the Scripture, though the Devil proved anyone can misuse the Word of God if misapplied (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. To them the statements of God’s Word 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).
Let us today share the faith of Christ, not only in the God of the Bible, but also in the Bible itself. Much of the Bible had come through several centuries of history, having passed through many loving and some “not-so-loving” hands. But He still regarded it as “scripture unbroken.” We ought to do the same. Our soul’s eternal life depends upon it!