What you believe. What you follow. What you hang your very life on…
Is it written? It better be.
Over 20 times during His ministry Jesus declared, “It is written…”
Over fifty additional times in the rest of the New Testament, we find, “It is written.”
Why is this significant?
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (God’s Word is Truth.)
Isaiah 66:2b “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (God takes His Word very seriously and favors those who do.)
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (God’s eternal Word is the ultimate authority for Truth.) See also Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33.
“It is written” is significant because the Holy Scriptures are ultimate eternal truth. That is, God’s Word exists outside of the dimension of time while ordering the laws within the temporal world. It existed before the world was created and will continue after the world passes away. Every prophecy written in the Holy Scriptures has come to pass perfectly, and will come to pass perfectly in God’s timing.
Case in point-the prophesied birth of the glorious Messiah recorded in Luke 2:1-21:
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.”
Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures are one in the same, manifested in two eternal forms: the Living Word and the Written Word. You cannot follow the Eternal Jesus Christ without revering His Eternal Holy Word (John 1:14, John 14:6, John 14:15).
…Is it written??
Doctrines of demons daily seduce unsuspecting souls with popular, insipid ideas about God (1 Tim. 4:1). The alarming problem is that these ideas are not “written” in eternity.
Eternal tip: If your belief is not written in eternity, it is worthless.
Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Matthew 4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Matthew 11:10 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
Matthew 21:13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
Matthew 26:24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Mark 7:6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Mark 9:12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?
Mark 9:13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”
Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Luke 22:37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
John 6:31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.
John 8:17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’?
John 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commands.
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.