Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Richardson: Scripture interprets Scripture

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    [Jesus] said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
    —Luke 24:44-45 (NIV)
    It was indeed [Luther’s] lack of any knowledge of the principles of historical and literary criticism... which prevented him from arriving at a Christian doctrine of Holy Scripture which can satisfy our minds today. But he points us along the right way by insistence upon truths which any Christian doctrine of Holy Scripture must embody, such as that Scripture itself must be the primary interpreter of Scripture, and that the interpretation of Scripture must depend on the constant employment of some master-key, which for Christians can only be Christ. By his bold selection of a single principle of interpretation, which springs out of his own experience of salvation through the Word of God in the Bible, he gives us a living demonstration of the way in which faith in Christ becomes the vital principle of scriptural interpretation. As the result of his own deep understanding of faith, he finds in the Epistle to the Romans a light so clear that it is sufficient to illuminate the whole Scripture, and he thus becomes a classic witness to the truth that personal faith is the condition and source of all truly Christian biblical interpretation and exegesis.
    ... Alan Richardson (1905-1975), Christian Apologetics, London: SCM Press, 1947, p. 187-188 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:44-45; Rom. 1:16-17
Quiet time reflection:
    You have made Christ the true understanding of Scripture, Lord.
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