Jesus’ view of the Old Testament


Dr. Dan Wallace of Dallas Seminary defends Jesus’ view of Scripture.

The classic defense of Christ’s view of the OT is by John W. Wenham, Chapter 1 of “Inerrancy”, edited by Norman Geisler.   This book is a great book, chapters by various Evangelical scholars.

Jesus said to the Sadducees, “have you not read what was spoken to you by God . . . ?” (Matthew 22:31)  As James White of has said many times about this text – “notice God speaking is when the text is read”  (my paraphrase from memory)  In other words, when we read the Bible, God speaks.

The same principle Jesus taught in Matthew 19:4-6, defending the nature of marriage, when He said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female . . .?”  – alluding to Genesis 1:1 “in the beginning” and “God created” and Genesis 1:27 (“male and female”) and Genesis 5:2 (“He created them male and female”) and then Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 in Matthew 19:5, and then in Matthew 19:6 Jesus said, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh . . . ” – affirming the creator and the creation of gender binary – there are only 2 genders and 2 sexes – male and female, and marriage is only for one man and one woman.

Jesus affirmed Genesis as historical and God’s inspired words.

Jesus affirmed God the Father as Creator and the creation account of Genesis 1-2.

Jesus affirmed marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Therefore homosexual marriage (so called, “same sex marriage”) is wrong.  It is not even “marriage” at all.  The supreme court’s decision in 2015 (Obergefell vs. Hodges) was morally wrong.

Jesus affirmed creation and the goodness of creation – so the implication of Jesus’ words that by affirming the creator and the Genesis account, therefore, Darwin’s theory of Evolution is wrong.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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8 Responses to Jesus’ view of the Old Testament

  1. chaddamitz says:

    I think it’s crucial to believe in a historical Genesis. Otherwise, events such as the fall of man and Noah’s flood will be taught as metaphorical. Then, it’s just a slippery slope from there. Sin becomes trivialized, evolution becomes adopted, and then once you take a naturalistic worldview, why would you continue to believe in the Bible? Either Genesis is true or not. In my opinion, there is only two options: Conservative Christian or Atheist. I happen to be the conservative Christian. Blessings!

    • Ken Temple says:

      Amen! Thanks for your comments. I agree with you – that Genesis is historical, God is the Creator of all things; Adam and Eve are real historical persons, the first 2 humans, that we all came from one (Acts 17:26), that Darwin’s theory of Macro-Evolution is wrong; and that Noah and the Flood was a global flood. Death entered into the world by sin, and the we inherited a sinful corrupt nature from our parents, who got it from their parents . . . going all the way back to Adam and Eve.

      I also realize that some true Christians hold to a long day / epoch view / old earth view of the days of Genesis 1. I disagree with them, but I think there are good Christians in that group.

      There are also Christians who also hold to “Theistic Evolution”, although I don’t understand how they can hold that view, but they do exist.

      • chaddamitz says:

        Yes, I do agree there are brothers and sisters in Christ who hold various positions concerning the origin of life. I would say it’s secondary to believing in the gospel of grace, but still an essential component of one’s worldview.

    • Ken Temple says:

      Also, I noticed you went to Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Good for you! I wish I could get a doctorate there under Michael Haykin (church history) or Rob Plummer (NT). May the Lord bless you as pursue your Medical career.

      • chaddamitz says:

        I had both professors at Southern Seminary. They are incredible. Dr. Plummer is the nicest, down to earth kind of guy. I struggled in Greek, but he was always encouraging. Moreover, I don’t get super excited about church history, but Dr. Haykin’s passion made his class one of my favorites too. I think you can do the modular D.Min or PhD format if it’s a location issue. Either way, I hope the best for you! Blessings.

      • Ken Temple says:

        Cool. Thanks for your comments Chad! I got an M. Div. from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC in 1988; and now I love using Dr. Plummer’s “Daily Dose of Greek” to keep refreshed in NT Greek. Wonderful tool for study and devotions!

  2. Jesse says:

    Jesus Christ wholeheartedly embraced the historicity of the Genesis account. That would also include Noah’s Ark and the flood as historical (Matthew 24:38). If we are to obey Christ as our Master and Lord, then we should be doing the same.

    • Ken Temple says:

      Yes; Amen!

      The Genesis account (Genesis chapters 6-9) definitely seems to teach a worldwide global flood as God’s judgement on the sinfulness of mankind. Jesus affirmed that, as you wrote. Also Luke 17:27

      Jesus also treated Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah as historical. Luke 17:28-33

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