First Principles

To see this you have to understand the first principles. Hebrews Chapter 5 makes reference to "the first principles of the oracles of God" which say, in effect, that to be skillful in understanding the Word you must know these first principles. The writer of Hebrews does not directly state these principles. He does indicate two levels of understanding. The unskillful is compared to a babe taking milk, the skillful, to one of full age who partakes of strong meat. This is to contrast the immature with the mature and the natural with the spiritual. The deep things of God are spiritual, and must be discerned by the spirit. That is the word is to be understood in its spiritual meaning. Therefore there is potentially a spiritual meaning to the most ordinary things. Another key principle is found is 1 Corinthians: "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (1 Cor.10:11). Briefly, this tells us that there is an 'end-time' application to be found throughout scripture. Specifically, it tells us that what we consider ordinary things might be best understood in the context of the end times. Many Bible teachers stress what they call "The Law of Literal Interpretation". I believe that scripture is actually telling us that there is a law of spiritual interpretation. We are to seek the Holy Spirit for a spiritual interpretation of whatever we read in His Holy Word. And in these end times, when The Spirit opens our understanding of His Word, the interpretation will have end time application.

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