Meaning and Application – From The Veritas Domain

John 17:17


17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

2 Peter 1:20

20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

Here is something that I found very helpful from the following blogpost. Thank you, Pastor SLIMJIM!

Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” Part 4: Chapter 2

“There are many limitations to what a biblical text can mean; in other words, there are things the passage ‘cannot mean.’ Authorial intent is important. And the author’s intent of any written narrative cannot be something ‘new’ since the writing was written in a historic moment conveying a message. But from one’s interpretation of what a passage is saying, we get the ‘interpretation’ of the passage, that is, its meaning. The meaning of the passage then shapes applications and the reason why there are many applications is because it varies according to the individual and the individual’s situation.

“Let me add a little more nuance with this discussion of the view that there is ‘one meaning with a biblical passage but many applications.’ A passage having one meaning means the message of the text is defined and fixed. ‘One meaning’ doesn’t deny there are various aspects covered in that one meaning; nor does it deny chronological sequence of events, etc., since the various aspects covered in a passage or chronological sequences of a narrative are defined and fixed. Really if there is the possibility of ‘new meaning’ of the text that means the message of the Bible narrative itself are not defined and fixed; it can be changed to be a different story altogether when chronological sequences in the story can be fluid and moved around, which affects the details and aspects of what the passage is objectively about.”


36 thoughts on “Meaning and Application – From The Veritas Domain

  1. I have a question, and perhaps I should ask this of Jim also, but what do we do then with types and Shadows which almost all theological positions use, and what do we do with prophesied events that are buried within a text. Many are the examples of these type prophecies concerning Messiah’s first coming. And I am certain that there are some still hidden awaiting future revelation and understanding because of what is written in Revelation 10 concerning the revelation of what will not be known in this age until the 7th Trump sounds.
    Obviously every teaching must have Scriptural support, and be supported by other scripture and if truth, then cannot contradict other scripture, but it is obvious that men in their effort to push a given theory have twisted scripture while at the same time using a twisted version to support their theory.
    The Jews argued some of what Jim has presented here if I am not mistaken to thwart the claims of Jesus and the Apostles concerning who He is. Obviously any interpretation or “revelation” cannot be held in private, once revealed by the Holy Spirit from scripture it should be taken or placed before the elders and teachers for scrutiny. Am I incorrect in my thinking here?

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      • Maria, israel’s scholars had and still do apply the Messianic verses in the book of The Psalm, most all of the verses that we see spoken of concerning their Messiah. The branch, the root. His being delivered from Sheol. Even Isaiah’s many prophesied events some of which are buried within a passage they see the original meaning as being fulfilled within the historic time spoken of. The virgin birth for example was historically fulfilled at or around the time the prophecy was given. Maybe I am misunderstanding the difference in this case of meaning and applications but the true meaning of that passage concerning Christ was fulfilled in an historic setting before Christ came. In that case there were actually two meanings given to the passage. But the concept of two meanings to a prophetic passage is as much a reality within the church body. It is not that I am disagreeing with the basic concept of a passage of scripture having a purpose and a meaning intended to teach us truth, but I am saying that God being God can and has imbedded more than one meaning at times within the context. I consider a meaning a truth. I consider an application to be what man does with that truth at a given time. Does he even see the meaning of a given truth. Jesus told the Jews that they could read the weather patterns, but did not recognize the signs of their own time. All of this I believe is related to what I am saying. But again I may be misunderstanding what Jim is saying.

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    • Jerry, did I misunderstand you about the Pharisees?

      Also, here is the passage in Revelation 10 which you referenced:

      Revelation 10:5-7 NASB — Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.

      In the New Testament doesn’t “mystery” refer to something that is now revealed to us, not concealed until a later time? This passage simply states that “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is FINISHED.”

      And here is the seventh angel, Revelation 11:

      Revelation 11:15-19 NASB — Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

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      • Certainly, God has revealed many truths in scripture that today are not understood by believing men. This is why we have so many differing views on truth and what it is within the same passage. In that day our discussions will end over these things they will be known to us as they are known by The Lord. This is what I think is contained within this statement. And again I could be wrong.

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    • I wrote a comment just now but since I’m at a vacation in a place with bad internet I lost it. I do believe in shadow, types and echoes and my view at this time is that types, echoes and shadows are part of the authorial intent and is a legitimate part of a passage’s meaning (as opposed to just application). Over the years I’ve come to see Genesis 3:15 shape so much of the OT and NT expectation of the Messiah and therefore objectively speaking there are play on words, echoes and parallels that really is about the anticipation of the Messiah. I think that might be worth writing on some day. Thanks brother, have a good day!

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  2. Yes: Rev 22.18, 19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

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