The importance of correct interpretation of Scripture is discussed in this book and how interpretation leads to application, whether correct or not. It’s not about gaining knowledge or having an education to be able to understand and interpret the Bible. Rather we are to imitate Christ and follow how He interpreted Scripture. Examples are given of how Christ interpreted the Bible in His talks with the Pharisees. It is also shown the method that Christ used to interpret when He walked and talked with the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus.
“Interpretation of the Word of God, spoken and applied, is the primary means that Jesus used.”
“Interpretation of Scripture, followed by right application, is the primary way that we are to be like God. This is not an issue of education. It’s an issue of imitation.”
Often people are intimidated over how to interpret the Bible and think that they need to have a Bible college degree to be able to understand it. They rely on pastors and other leaders to interpret the Bible for them. But a degree is not needed in order to interpret the Bible. Through the Holy Spirit all Christians are able to read and interpret the Bible for themselves. Thus it is important to interpret rightly so that application is correct. Bad interpretation leads to bad application.
“Bad interpretation of one kind or another can be seen in all acts of disobedience to the Word of God.”
“…following God in his program of good interpretation and good application is the life’s work of every Christian.”
“Your interpretation controls how you live.”
“Interpretation and application of God’s Word is of the highest importance to Jesus.”
Ultimately, all Scripture points to Jesus. Reading the Bible in light of who Jesus is, rather than reading it for how it can help us, will help lead to proper interpretation and application.
“All believers should read the Bible knowing that Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the guarantor of New Testament promises. Each page of Scripture is about Jesus.”
“But we must learn how to read our Bibles contextually and Christologically: read each passage in light of what was happening when the author wrote it, and in light of who Christ is since he has fulfilled all Scripture. Believers can and should read our Bibles with full confidence that all Scripture is about Jesus.”
“When our interpretation and application are wrong, our view of God will be wrong too.”
All in all, a good reminder of the importance of interpreting Scripture rightly in order to apply it rightly.
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.