Not sure what this is saying about the Bible

I’m trying to figure out exactly what this means:

It is specifically through the writings of the New Testament that we can be in touch, by means of critical investigation and analysis, with the apostolic witness to the gospel. It is from this gospel, recovered from Scripture but not identical with it, that the believing community derives its self-understanding as the Body of Christ and its understanding of what is appropriately Christian.

If I am reading this correctly, it is saying that hiding in the New Testament texts is the apostolic witness to the gospel. To get to that witness we need the tools of critical scholarship to dig through the layers of clutter and distortion. It is from that witness that we must further refine and reveal the actual gospel, which the apostles bore witness to but may not have fully understood or clearly presented.

I’m not sure that is the full meaning of what the author is trying to say.

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10 thoughts on “Not sure what this is saying about the Bible

  1. That is a good piece.

    “The Holy Spirit does not enlighten a person by giving them a secret revelation, some new knowledge. The Holy Spirit enlightens a person, not by giving an added content of knowledge, but by mysteriously operating on his heart so that he can see the revelation ALREADY given.” 

    I would argue the Spirit of Gods mystery may not be so mysterious at all.
    How the work on the heart of man is done is clearly written of.
    It is clearly described in scripture the arrogance of man and the rejection of God is changed by challenge.
    Challenge to ones security. Challenge to ones safety. Uncertainty, sickness, disappointment and death have a way of bringing man to their knees. That is no mystery.

    Jesus said:
    So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
    Matthew 13:33

    And that is exactly what Christ did. He opened his mouth and he did teach. That is no mystery.

    If mysteries remain mystery man has an excuse not to know.
    God closes that excuse.

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