How Can We Know Who Jesus Christ Is? (Part 1)

WHOHowJCKnowing Christ through Biblical Interpretation

If you want to know who Jesus Christ is the only place to look (unless you reject orthodox Reformed Christianity) is in the Bible.

Although the issue at hand is if Jesus is a pacifist, it’s vital to begin by discussing general rules for Biblical interpretation.  For an orthodox, ordained Reformed Elder, the place to seek guidance on Biblical interpretation is from the Book of Confessions.  Here are two of the Ordination Vows taken by each PCUSA Elder:

b. Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?

and

c. Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?

It’s difficult to overestimate the current state of confusion and outright ignorance with regard to Biblical interpretation.  If you are a postmodern Christian this is a positive situation, as confusion and ignorance create great opportunity to advance deceptive and false ideas.  Therefore, I’m going to spend considerable time reviewing what our Confessions actually say about Biblical interpretation.  I will add commentary on issues and application that are tailored to the contemporary situation in which orthodox Reformed Christians find themselves.

The only hope for actually knowing Jesus is through the application of sound, tested interpretative rules to the entire Biblical text.  This is a daunting task.  However, if Christians in the PCUSA choose the “easy” path of submission to their elites rather than the “hard” path of Biblical renewal, then there is no hope for this dying denomination.

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