The Scripture cannot be broken – John 10:35
God’s Word, in all of its 66 Books, is a unified and perfect body of truth. Jesus tells us in John 10 that it cannot be broken; it cannot be properly taught or accepted in parts. It cannot be separated in order to pit one truth against another … they all stand together.
The same word “broken” is used in the book of Acts when a congregation of believers “broke up” after a meeting (Acts 13:43). Each person went their own way without regard to the others. Jesus says that Scripture is not like this — there is not a single verse that goes astray from the rest, or teaches truth apart from the rest. The Bible is a perfect whole.
Almost every cult or false version of Christianity has come out of affirming one part of Scripture, while denying the rest. It is only when we take a very careful, prayerful and thorough view of the Bible that the Holy Spirit brings us to a correct understanding of God’s message to us.
Is this how you study the Bible? Do you pick favorite verses in order to shape God’s Word to agree with your theology? Or do you do the hard and time-consuming work of systematic exegesis in order to grow in grace and in the understanding of the Lord Jesus?
The Scripture cannot be broken, so those who bend and twist God’s Word do so to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).