Whose Son Is the Christ?

“And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, ‘How can the scribes say that ‘the Christ is the son of David?  David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

‘”The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies under your feet.’”

David himself calls him Lord.  So how is he his Son?  And the great throng heard him gladly.”  (Mark 12:35-37 ESV)

I personally believe that all of Scripture is God-breathed (inspired) as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16; “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  The Bible is fully inspired, and inerrant in all that it says.  The Bible is also entirely sufficient for life and doctrine.

The following quote is taken from R. C. Sproul’s commentary on the Gospel of Mark (page 325).

Dr. Sproul says, “Before I go further, it is worth noting Jesus’ view of sacred Scripture.  He did not regard the lyrical poetry of David as inspired merely in an artistic sense.  Rather, when He quoted from Psalm 110, He said that David wrote ‘by the Holy Spirit,’ that is, under divine inspiration.  Those who were God’s instruments to give us divine revelation wrote not by their own wisdom but under the supervision and influence of the Spirit.

Our Lord had no objection to the doctrine of the divine inspiration of Scripture, and neither should we.  However, we live in a day that the great Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper, founder of the Free University of Amsterdam, described as a time not simply of biblical criticism but of biblical vandalism, when seemingly every conceivable hostile attack against the normative authority of the Bible has been launched.  Those who believe in the inspiration of the biblical text are often considered backwoods fundamentalists or theological obscurantists who have no academic or scholarly credibility.  So be it.  We must stand our ground and say with Martin Luther, ‘Spiritus Sanctus non est scepticus,’ or, ‘The Holy Spirit is not a skeptic.’  That which the Spirit declares is more certain than life itself.”