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Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics – Scripture Interprets Scripture and the Progressive Revelation Principles biblical hermeneutics

Continuing on with this series on Biblical Hermeneutics, today were going to discuss two more hermeneutical principles that will help you rightly divide the word of truth.  Again, biblical hermeneutics is the science of interpreting biblical texts.  The two principles we will look at today are the “Scripture Interprets Scripture” principle and the “Progressive Revelation” Principle.

Scripture Interprets Scripture Principle

This principle of hermeneutics is simple.  Scripture can help interpret scripture.  God’s word is an integrated whole and does not contradict itself.  We also know that when God gives us an important doctrine, He is not going to only speak about it once.  God places His important teachings in several places and in several different ways in order to ensure our understanding.

When we are studying a scripture in the Bible that is somewhat obscure, we should look to other scriptures that address the same subject for clarification.  We should always let the explicit scriptures explain the implicit scriptures.  In other words, the scriptures that are plain and simple to understand should be used to help us understand the scriptures that are more confusing.

An example of the Scripture Interprets Scripture Principle

I hate to keep harping on the literal 6 day creation, but it provides a nice illustration of this principle.  If someone is confused about the duration of the first 6 days of creation they can compare Genesis with God’s description in Exodus.  This description comes from the ten commandments that God Himself wrote on tablets of stone.  Scripture interprets scripture.

Exodus 20:9-11  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  (10)  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  (11)  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

God Himself wrote these words on stone and he compares His 6 days of work to our literal 6 day workweek.  In other words, God has given us a scripture to cross check, in order that we not confuse 6 days with 6 long periods of millions of years.  You would almost think God foresaw some of the confusion about the length of a day when He wrote the Ten Commandments.  Again, we can use plain and clear scriptures to help us understand scriptures that are not as clear.

The Progressive Revelation Principle

The Progressive Revelation Principle is a concept that might be a little harder to grasp than the other hermeneutic principles.  It’s the idea that God is progressively revealing truth as His Bible was being written.   It has been said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  Some Old Testament teachings don’t become fully clear until the New Testament writings came along.  Doctrines and concepts that have become progressively clearer with time include; the atonement, heaven, hell, judgment, angels, demons and Satan etc.  As God reveals His words to mankind, He progressively builds upon our current understanding.

Tomorrow we will continue looking at principles of hermeneutics that can help us correctly understand God’s words.

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