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July 18 – The Relationship Of Jesus To Holy Scripture

“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”  John 5:45-47

Devotional Thought For The Day

It seems odd to hear Jesus speak about “necessities” and “conditions” that pertain to having a proper knowledge of Who He is, having faith and trust in Him as our Savior, and believing His Words.  It also must seem quite bizarre to many people that He would assert such a close connection and relationship between Himself and Moses, and specifically the “writings” of Moses. The obvious answer to His hypothetical question is that if one does not believe the writings of Moses, the Word of God recorded by Moses, it will not be possible to believe the Words of Jesus – to come to proper faith in Him and to be instructed by Him.

What are these “writings” of Moses that Jesus is referring to?  Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Jesus specifically asserts that the principle message, the main thing Moses wrote about was Him. So as we read the account of the creation of all things “out of nothing” [Heb. 11:3], we should understand that Moses is writing about “the Word” that was in the beginning with God, and Who was God, the same Word Who became flesh and dwelt among the apostolic witnesses who saw Him, touched Him, and heard Him. [1 Jn. 1:1-4] When we read the promise regarding the “Seed of the woman” who would crush Satan’s head and undo his wretched lethal harm to mankind, we must understand that Moses was writing about Jesus.  Likewise the “Seed” promised to Abraham, in Whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed [Gen. 12:3; Gen. 22:18; Gen. 26:4; Gal. 3:16] – this can be none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.  I could go on and on, but perhaps you understand.

So, what is said and asserted of those who do not believe but reject the “writings” of Moses?  Jesus asserts that they cannot believe His Words.  The same is of course true of all the other prophetic writings of the Old Testament – that they all teach of Christ, and that rejecting them makes it impossible to believe the Words and teaching of Jesus, for all the Scriptures “testify” of Jesus [John 5:29; Luke 24:27].  It is no different when it comes to the New Testament writings, those of the apostles – for Jesus promised these authors the gift of the Holy Spirit [John 15:26; John 16:13-15] so that their writing also is the very Word of God, His testimony to Jesus.  Not believing their writings, not being subject to them and instructed by them, changing them, adding to them, and contradicting them, makes it impossible for one to believe the Words of Jesus, impossible to truly know Him or believe in Him.

The obverse is also true – that anyone not believing the truth about Jesus, not believing His Word, has also rejected Moses and the rest of Holy Scripture – regardless of how piously he presents himself as being a believer in God and keeper of His Word.  The Lord Jesus wraps all of these issues together and binds them tightly into one basic reality – identifying Himself with the written Word of God, Holy Scripture, the Bible.  If you reject one [Scripture] you are rejecting the One [Jesus], and if you do not believe the One [Jesus], neither can you be subject to the other [Scripture, God’s Word].  While this reality may seem strange, it is actually very good for us – for we have sure, certain, unchanging, written Words from God, promises and assurances from God, to fasten our hope and faith to, and also to be instructed by, that we may truly know Him and the wonders of His love.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, forbid that we should for any reason reject any of Your Word, whether written by Your prophets, apostles, or evangelists.  Enable us to learn of You and to believe in You through Your written Word, that we may truly know You, believe in You, and have Your eternal life. Amen.