Wednesday, March 06, 2013

7 x 4

Since the Bible is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, how do we let it shine?

Following up on our post from last week, here's another example.

In Daniel Doriani's very fine book Putting the Truth to Work, he lays out seven biblical sources for application along with four aspects of application that responsible interpreters must bring out.

7 Biblical Sources for Application
  • Rules
  • Ideals
  • Doctrines
  • Redemptive acts in narratives
  • Exemplary acts in narratives
  • Biblical images
  • Songs and prayers
 Passages from the Bible can produce applications in one or more of these ways. As we read the Bible, we must pay attention to these things, and then respond to them with four aspects of application.

4 Aspects of Application
The four aspects of application can be stated as questions we ask ourselves.
  • What should I do? That is, what is my duty?
  • Who should I be? That is, how can I become the person or obtain the character that lets me do what is right?
  • To what causes should we devote our life energy? That is, what goals should we pursue?
  • How can we distinguish truth from error? That is, how can we gain discernment?
As Doriani says, "Duty stresses what we ought to do, character examines who we ought to be, and goals touch upon what we ought to seek; discernment explores the competing ideas about our duty, about godly character, and about suitable goals." We must learn to use these questions well, and thus develop the skill of living which is wisdom.

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