Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Can anyone understand the Scriptures?

Let us conclude with the apt appeal ... of Melanchthon in his apology to the Parisian University: "Here is, as I think, the sum of the controversy. And now I ask you, my masters, has the Scripture been given in such a form that its undoubted meaning may be gathered without exposition of Councils, Fathers, and School, or not? If you deny that the meaning of Scripture is certain by itself, without glosses, I see not why the Scripture was given at all, if the Holy Spirit was unwilling to define with certainty what he would have us to believe. Why do the apostles invite us at all to the study of the Scriptures, if its meaning is uncertain? Wherefore do the fathers desire us to believe them no farther than they fortify their statements by the testimonies of Scripture, if its meaning is uncertain? Wherefore do the fathers desire us to believe them no farther than they fortify their statements by the testimonies of Scripture? Why, too, did the ancient councils decree nothing without Scripture, and in this way we distinguish between true and false councils, that the former agree with plain Scripture, the latter are contrary to the Scripture? ... since the Word of God must be the rock on which the soul reposes, what, I pray, shall the soul apprehend from it, if it be not certain what is the mind of the Spirit of God?"

George N. H. Peters, The Theocratic Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus, the Christ, as Covenanted in the Old Testament and Presented in the New Testament, Volume 1, (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1884), 125.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Exactly!
i was taught, years ago,(before i became a believer) that everyone would have their own interpretation, therefore, who could understand it?

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

praise God for the work of the Holy Spirit to teach and convict hearts!