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Knowing What You're Looking For in the Bible

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To say that all of Scripture points to Christ is not to suggest that we can trample on the immediate context and content of a passage. It is more like a light illumining all of Scripture than a vacuum inhaling all of it.

We all know what it's like when we're leaving our driveway and have to return to the house for something we forgot. And then, for some of us, we forget what we were looking for in the first place. We waste time and energy looking for something when we have forgotten even what that something is.

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1 [ Back ] The Christian Faith, trans. by James Clark (East Lewes, Scotland: Focus, 1992), 41.
2 [ Back ] Richard Gaffin, Jr., Resurrection and Redemption (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1978), 22.
3 [ Back ] Hans Frei, The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative (New Haven: Yale, 1974), 1.
4 [ Back ] Ibid.
5 [ Back ] H. Richard Niebuhr, The Meaning of Revelation (New York: Macmillan, 1941), 44-5.
6 [ Back ] Ibid., 53.
7 [ Back ] Johann Baptist Metz, "A Short Apology of Narrative," Concilium, 85 (1973), 88.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Hermeneutics: Has God Really Said?" July/August 1999 Vol. 8 No. 4 Page number(s): 9-15

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