Scripture Cannot be Rejected

Jesus said that "scripture cannot be rejected". (Jn.10:35).

This does not mean that all scripture is perfect or even eternal. Jesus proved many Old Testament doctrines untrue. Furthermore, the writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament has told us that the Old Testament is actually passing away (Heb.8:6-13).

Those passages cannot be rejected either.

Both Testaments are still with us today. That is because neither can be rejected. The Old Testament will only pass away completely after Jesus returns. And that is the true meaning of Christ's directive. Once scripture is codified, it must stand just as it is until the end of the world.

By requiring Jesus to complete all the prophecies and statements regarding Him in the Law and the Prophets, God proved that the Law was very powerful and binding. It was so powerful, in fact, that even He could not spare His Son from the cross and still rescue us from the penalty the Law of that scripture imposed on us.

This shows precisely what Jesus meant when He said that scripture cannot be rejected. Because He had given His oath of authority to Moses, God was bound by the rules that were set down by Moses.

However, by having Jesus remove us from those rules by fulfilling directives of Old Testament scripture, itself, God freed Himself from its binding terms. It wasn't easy. Jesus had to suffer the cross to effect the transition. That allowed Him to give us a new scripture to replace the one that is passing away.

Until the end, neither scripture can be rejected, but only one has the power to give eternal life. So, while we still quote from the old, and see thousands of prophecies predicting and explaining Christ in it's pages, it is only the new that has within it, the words of everlasting life.

See, Also:

1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 12, 'Baptism of Repentance'

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