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Jesus didn’t just know the Scriptures—He depended on them for His very life!

By Jim Howard

Jesus spoke of the Scriptures not merely as something beneficial, but as something vital to life itself. When weariness and hunger plagued Him in the wilderness and the devil enshrouded Him in clouds of perplexity and temptation, Jesus did not consult His feelings. He did not consult His reason, or His knowledge, or His heart. There was only one thing He knew He could trust. And so He answered the devil not with His own words or thoughts, but with the words of Scripture—“It is written…. It is written…. It is written.” Matt. 4:4, 7, 10. The Scriptures were more than motivational or inspirational to Jesus. They were His lifeline. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matt. 4:4.

When Jesus was pushed to the brink, He found victory by relying upon the divine inspiration of God’s Word

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Jim Howard is the director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Reprinted from the Discipleship Handbook with permission of the Review and Herald Pub. Assoc.