Are Jesus’ words (red letter Bible) more important than other Scripture?
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You’ve probably seen a red letter Bible. In fact, you probably own one. A red-letter Bible places all of Jesus’ words in prominent red letters in order to stand out from all the other recorded words in Scripture. The red letter Bible is one of the many modern introductions to published Bibles along with the chapter/verse breaks and chapter/paragraph headings.
Jesus was the Son of God. It’s understandable that reading Jesus’ words in our red letter Bible might garner special attention or cause one to sit up and take notice. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it is interesting that He never wrote anything down. That’s a fact. Imagine the homage that might be paid to a Gospel or Epistle written in Jesus’ own hand? There could be some other unintended consequences. A few of these are called out in this, “The Problem with Red Letter Bibles” from the Gentleman Theologian. But we don’t really need to rely on man’s wisdom for this question…
HowScriptureanswers "Are Jesus’ words (red letter Bible) more important than other Scripture?"
The words of Scripture are in fact the words of God – all of them, regardless of who spoke them1,2,4,6,7,8. Jesus or the apostles8 were not speaking or teaching something different from person to person. They all were united in and messengers of the “all truth” of God the Father. It was the same with God’s prophets7 who spoke God’s literal word. If you are, or want to be, a disciple of Jesus you must continue in God’s word regardless of who spoke it or where it’s recorded in our our Old Testaments2,3,4,5,7. Jesus Himself2 removes any doubt that we are to give special weight to who spoke them.
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