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“Private Interpretation”

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli   in Theology

“To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah8:20).

Does Isaiah 8:20 also mean scripture interprets itself? Does:

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2Peter1:19-21)

mean there can be no authoritative interpreter at all but that scripture must interpret itself?

“No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” simply means Truth is established by at least two or three witnesses (Matt18:20). It does not mean scripture is the final authority even to interpret itself!

Active Word == Final Authority. But see where Peter is getting at with the term “private interpretation.” Active Word may also come across as “private interpretation.” That is why Jesus said, where two or three are gathered together there I–the Truth–am. Matt18:20 is of paramount importance to understand what Peter is saying.

If we study the principles of so-called hermeneutics, they will use that phrase “private interpretation” (Peter) to substantiate their claim that scripture must interpret itself. They harp on “sola scriptura” (Scripture Alone) as if the Pope is doing some “private interpretation” of his own. Do you get where i am going with this? The Pope always uses councils, never “private interpretations.” Council == the 2 or 3 of Matt18:15-20.

That the Pope be in authority is of Christocracy. That no one in particular be in authority even to arbitrate between people, is not some supposed virtuous democracy; it is anarchy. Here is proof that TRUTH can in fact be twisted to mean totally the opposite!

The raison d’être of a Pope is ironically for the very thing that he is dismissed by the Protestants, namely, “Private Interpretation.”

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