For the letter killeth but the spirit giveth life

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: (2 Corinthians 3:6-7)

Depending strictly on the letter of the law then becomes a covenant with death. The Spirit gives the Word and it's the Spirit that must give it life.

The Law of Context says the meaning must be gathered from the context but the scripture says Spiritual things are Spiritually discerned.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The Law Of Historical Research says you can discover the meaning of scripture by analyzing the historical, linguistic, social and cultural context and by considering the life and background of the individual writers but the scripture says:

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:13)

The Law of Systematic Theology says you can discover the meaning of scripture a bit at a time, and eventually fit all the pieces of the puzzle together into a unified interpretation, but the scripture says:

Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

Ro 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

A sacred cow is stubborn loyalty to an institution [or idea] that impedes progress. For every reason put forth to support these sacred cows, scripture teaches the opposite. It makes you wonder whether [one must conclude that] their purpose is to promote falsehood and prevent you from reaching correct conclusions. [Which is exactly correct.]

The root flaw in these and other sacred cows of bible study is in their fundamental approach which is to say "You can discover the meaning of God's Word, if you use this or these methods." The quest for an objective methodology is just another attempt to rely on self. Perhaps it's job security for professional scholars. It still reminds me though of someplace where it says, "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

You cannot discover the meaning of God's word. I cannot discover the meaning of God's word.

Scripture says the Lord teaches it, and that only to the mature among us. Scripture must be revealed. God reveals himself to man, and that by degrees, here a little, there a little and so on.

Will you be content with man's wisdom or will you Seek After Him?

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