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Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Edifier du Jour-John 16:12-14
12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
This is an interesting passage that might play into the Solo Scriptura debate. Jesus didn't tell us everything, but the Spirit will guide us into all the truth. Such things would be consistent with scripture if scripture is accurate, but there doesn't seem to be any clear statement here that would preclude current revelation from the Holy Spirit. This attitude can lead people into problems, for "Christ-centered interpretation" can quickly turn into having the Bible say that 2+2=5 if you think that Jesus would want it that way. That being said, it would seem that the Holy Spirit's job is the guide us, and some of the things won't be clearly laid out in scripture. If we start with the Bible as the constitution, the Holy Spirit can help us pass amendments that expound upon, but not contradict, scripture. We get in trouble when we start to ignore some archaic, insignificant amendment, like the second and fifth, for our own expedience. However, we can get into even more trouble if we ignore the Holy Spirit altogether and try reading the Bible cold. It's not meant to be read that way. It's speaking in a spiritual language and we need an interpreter.

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