By Andrew Davis, Senior Pastor
Christ’s view of Scripture should be our own view of Scripture. That has been my argument in this series. We live in a world and culture where Scripture is scrutinized and dissected—and not only by Spirit-filled Christians, who are zealous to know and understand it—but also by educated, influential unbelievers, who wish to undermine and tear down the influence of Scripture.
There is no doubt in my mind that Scripture is able to withstand any and all attacks that are made against it. It’s not difficult for God to preserve, disseminate, and exalt his Word. Still, we know that some Christians have questioned their faith due to the attacks made against Scripture in our day. That is a sad reality, but it’s one that can be combated forcefully by one simple consideration: what does Christ think about the Scripture?
So in this series, we’ve seen that Christ’s view of Scripture never wavered. In the Gospels, we see Jesus as one who had an exalted view of Scripture, as one who staked his life (and his resurrection!) on the accuracy, truthfulness, and authority of Scripture. Since Jesus is the Savior and Son of God we proclaim and hold on to, it makes sense that whatever Christ’s view of Scripture is, that should be our view as well. Briefly, I want to cover just one more aspect of Christ’s high view of Scripture: Christ was condemned because of one quotation of Scripture.
1. One Quotation of Scripture—and Christ Was Condemned
Upon Christ’s betrayal and arrest, he was taken before the Sanhedrin to face charges of blasphemy. Because Jesus was a sinless man, the authorities attempted to get their verdict by using the false testimony of several “eye witnesses.” But whenever they bore false witness against Christ, they couldn’t get their stories to agree.
So that’s where Jesus’ confrontation with the high priest starts:
“Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. (Mark 14:60–64)
In Mark’s account, Christ answered the high priest’s question very dramatically, using the name of God given to Moses at the burning bush: “I am.” And then, in order to help them see the truth of the incarnation from Scripture, he quotes the “Son of Man” vision from Daniel 7. In that vision, Daniel saw “one like a Son of Man” coming into the presence of God (the “Ancient of Days”) and being worshiped by all the peoples of the earth.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Dan 7:13–14)
This vision is astonishing because the “Son of Man” is clearly human, yet he is given divine privileges: glory and worship. He comes on the clouds of heaven right into the presence of Almighty God. Who is this “Son of Man” in Daniel 7? This can only be Jesus Christ, and it was for this reason that “Son of Man” was Christ’s favorite title for himself.
At that key moment of Jesus’ life, he “proved” his deity and humanity by the key passage of Scripture in the Bible given for that purpose: Daniel 7. But he also knows that his accusers will not accept this proof and that it will actually be instrumental in his own death. All of it was happening according to the eternal plan of God for the death of Christ and the salvation of sinners all over the world.
And Jesus’ quotation of Scripture at that key moment was central to it all: “And you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
In this study, we have looked at ten different themes of Jesus’ view of Scripture:
Christ Would Rather Die than Disobey Scripture
Christ Taught that He Fulfilled Scripture
Christ Taught the Unbreakable Authority and Permanence of Scripture
Christ Lived Sinlessly Moment by Moment By All Scripture
Christ Staked His Life on Even Obscure Details in Scripture
Christ Proved His Deity by a Single Word of Scripture
Christ Proved the Resurrection by a Single Verb Tense in Scripture
Christ Instilled Passion about Scripture in the Hearts of His Disciples
Christ Taught “What Scripture Says, God Says”
Christ was Condemned Because of One Quotation of Scripture
Therefore, why should an Christian be intimidated by some supposed “expert” who questions Scripture? Even if they have three PhDs and are well-known in their field—even if they are arrogant, humorous, winsome, and persuasive—even if they bring up unanswerable minutiae from the genealogies or other details you haven’t thought about. Christ’s view of Scripture, as we have seen, is this: it is the very word of God, perfect in every way, and a sure and reliable guide to eternal life through faith in him.