Interpreting Scripture, Part 1

Date: October 27, 2013

Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater

Interpreting Scripture

  • The Roman Catholic Church feared that private interpretation would open a “floodgate of iniquity” and fragment the Church.
  • The Reformers referred to the Spirit as Magister Veritatis, the “teacher of truth”. (See John 14-16)
  • A biblical text may have only one meaning but multiple applications.
  • In exegesis, we read the meaning out of the text (which is the correct thing to do).
  • In eisegesis, we read the meaning into the text (which is incorrect).
  • The Bible doesn’t just contain truth; it is truth.

Seven Principles for Interpreting Scripture

  1. Read the Bible reverently
  2. Read the Bible prayerfully
  3. Read the Bible collectively
  4. Read the Bible humbly— If your interpretation is shown to be incorrect by exegesis, then be humble enough to change your interpretation.
  5. Read the Bible carefully
  6. Read the Bible Christologically— Everything in the Bible points to Jesus.
  7. Read the Bible obediently

Application

  • How does the issue of private interpretation affect your reading and study of Scripture?
  • Does the Bible have the number one place on your agenda? Do you have a study agenda: A place to study? A time to study? Do you have a basic working Bible study library? If you need help with any of these things, talk to Kameron and Lawson and let’s begin a discipleship movement!

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