Scripture cannot be broken

I'm watching a sermon from John MacArthur from this week's Master's College conference. It is titled "The Word of God: The Divine Revelation to Man - Truth & Life Conference '13"

In it, MacArthur spends some time describing Isaiah 53, an amazing chapter. Isaiah 53 describes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He said, "This chapter is full of truth that dominates the New Testament: salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, eternal life; all provided by vicarious, substitutionary sacrificial death of a divinely chosen acceptable lamb who bears all the sins of His people by taking on himself willingly the full weight of divine punishment. It sounds like Romans in the NT. It looks like it is completely out of place."

Now, get this. He said,
"Isaiah is 66 books. It is divided the same way the bible: 39 chapters and 27 chapters. The first 39 are about judgment. The next 27 are about salvation."

"Of the last 27 about salvation, the first 9 have to do with the salvation of the nation Israel. The last 9 have to do with the salvation of the earth. The middle 9 have to do with the salvation of the soul."

"If you go to the middle of the middle 9, you get to chapter 53, and if you go to the middle of 52:12-53 you come down to verses 4,5. and 6, “He was wounded for our transgressions.”
The bible is a wondrous book. John 10:35 says, “if he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—“

Scripture cannot be broken. It is uttered from the mouth of God through His Holy Spirit and His Son. It is easier for the world to pass away than for one jot or tittle of scripture to pass away (Matthew 5:18).

It is tightly woven tapestry that is perfect. The Law is perfect (James 1:25; Psalm 19:7). His works are perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4). Psalm 18:30 says His way is blameless. His way is perfect and His word is perfect! (2 Samuel 22:31).

Once someone said to me, “I just take a lot of the Old Testament with a grain of salt.” This bothered me then and it bothers me now. You cannot take one jot or tittle away from His word and expect that the tapestry will remain woven.

Revelation 22:18-19 says "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

Woe to those who say "I have a word from the Lord and I am here to teach it to you." No one can add to His word. Woe to those who take away from His word by claiming some part is untrue and it doesn't mean what it says it means.

It is all perfect and true. If you start picking threads out that are true and not true, or to believe or not believe, and it becomes YOU who are broken, for the scripture cannot be broken. It is perfect!

What is the point here? Read your bible. It is really good!


  1. I love the Word of God and even more after spending time with Dr. John MacArthur and the other speakers this past week. Dr. Ferguson said "Soak in God's Word." The Old Testament shows us who God is and His passion for Holiness - and many others. Our way to know Him and hear Him is in His Word.


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