One of the most complex hermeneutical issues is the way that the gospel itself, or some part of it, is, on the one hand, sometimes said to fulfill that which has been prophesied, and, on the other, said to disclose that which has been hidden. Glory resides in these complexities, of course, but it sometimes takes a bit of unpacking to begin to see them as something rich and wonderful, and not simply as a "problem." One could easily add other challenges. Yet it must be said that the really "hard cases" are relatively few in number compared with the large number of fairly straightforward uses that nevertheless open our eyes to the way God in his mercy has graciously given us his Word.Part of reading faithfully is remembering that "God in his mercy has graciously given us his Word" and that "Glory resides in these complexities."
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Glory Resides in the Complexities
In the same web interview (see last post) about the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament D.A. Carson has this helpful reminder: