Scripture interprets Scripture is built on the belief that all Scripture is from God. Biblical hermeneutics, or the study of the principles of interpretation of Scripture, may assume authority in the means and methods used to interpret Scripture. In fact, according to Wikipedia, prevailing approaches to interpretation within the domain of biblical hermeneutics includes such things as “layers of meaning”, “reader’s context”, and “trajectory hermeneutics.” So where does that leave the simple idea that Scripture interprets Scripture and where does it come from?

The inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture is so profound that by studying it carefully, we can not understand only that we are reading truth, but learn how to know truth. This takes careful study and application, but it does not require a Bible college degree. Scripture itself is our best theology professor in helping us understand and apply Scripture.
How does Scripture interpret Scripture, Answers in Genesis

How Scripture answers "Who said scripture interprets scripture?"

God said that scripture interprets scripture1,2,5,6,11,12,15. Furthermore, it is the only practice for interpretation we see in the Bible3,4,7,8,9,10,13,14. We never see someone consulting alternative sources or human wisdom. In fact, we are commanded not to go beyond what is written15. Its entirety forms a complete picture2,8,9,10,12,13. The very idea that God is the sole author1,6 forces the conclusion that Scripture cannot contradict itself5 and must also fully interpret itself since God cannot lie. Of course, we still must draw conclusions and/or teach/explain as needed7,9,14. Jesus required the lawyer to form a conclusion after reading it10 (and only it15). Scripture is the sole source for morality and obedience…it was this way for those under the Law3,4,7,8,10 (“Scripture” for that time) as well as for those (like Timothy1 and us) under the Gospel9,11,13,14,15.

The Bible Study Framework is built specifically for the purpose of “forcing” we humans to let Scripture interpret Scripture. We specifically want to steer away from the other human tendencies that might inhibit Scripture’s ability to interpret Scripture. Of course, there comes a point where we have to draw a conclusion. “What is this passage telling us?” We can still go wrong here, but the steps of the BSF are intended to keep us pointed in the right direction for the best possible conclusion…

Hopefully, we can deal with Scripture honestly. Looking at what it says. Putting it in the proper context of “all Scripture,” without going beyond Scripture with too much context. Gathering any, only, all passage(s) that might apply without Scripture weighting or disqualifying any part of God’s word because “it doesn’t fit” our preconceived belief or doctrine.

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