Christotelic Hermeneutics – Part 3

 

(This post is a continuation of “Christotelic Hermeneutics” – Part 1 & 2.)

  

The Christotelic Spirit

  

The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit to reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ also demonstrates the necessity of a Christotelic hermeneutic for accurate biblical interpretation. Regarding the Spirit, Jesus told the eleven disciples, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26). Later, Christ declares the following in John 16:12-15:

I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. 15All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.

It is important to note that Christ here describes the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of Truth,” who will guide the eleven disciples “into all truth” (John 16:13). Azurdia notes: “…Jesus will be the sum and substance of the Spirit’s revelatory ministry. The predominant work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ, a fact of which we must never lose sight if we are ever to anticipate the Holy Spirit’s power.”[1] Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is the One who inspired both the Old and New Testaments (cf. 2 Pet 1:21), and since His primary ministry is to reveal and glorify Christ, it is in no way surprising that all Scripture focuses upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Azurdia appropriately states:

The inscripturated word centers its attention on Jesus Christ. He is the seed of the woman who will crush the serpent’s head. He is the ark to rescue the people of God. He is the holy Angel of Yahweh. He is the seed of Abraham in whom all the families of the earth will be blessed. He is the Passover lamb. He is the prophet greater than Moses. He is the pillar of fire in the wilderness. He is the rock struck by Moses. He is the heir to the Davidic throne. He is the thrice holy Lord of Isaiah 6. He is the greater shepherd of Ezekiel 34. He is Mary’s baby, Herod’s enemy, and Simeon’s joy. He is the twelve-year-old boy in the temple and the beloved Son to be baptized. He is the healer of the blind, the provider for the hungry, and the friend of the outcast. He is the new temple, the source of living water, the manna which gives life, the light of the world, the resurrection and the life, and the Father’s true vine. He is the spotless lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah. He is the ascended Lord, the ruler of the Church, and the returning Judge of all men.[2]

 

          A Christotelic hermeneutic is an essential tool to correctly interpret Scripture for three reasons. First, Christ demonstrates that He is the preeminent figure of all Scripture, in that He understood the message of Scripture to be about Himself. Second, the New Testament revelation is a higher revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ than that in the Old Testament Scriptures. Third, the primary ministry of the Holy Spirit to reveal and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ also demonstrates the necessity of a Christotelic hermeneutic for accurate biblical interpretation. The consistent use of a Christotelic hermeneutic will demonstrate that the Seventy Weeks prophecy foretells the coming and crucifixion of the Messiah, the establishment of the New Covenant, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the ultimate or eternal Jubilee.

 


[1]Azurdia, Spirit Empowered Preaching, 51.

 

 

[2]Ibid., 62.

 

 

 

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