Saturday, March 19, 2011

Goldsworthy: "Christ interprets all facts"

"(The biblical) story tells of events from creation to new creation in a narrative that takes us throught the fall, the call of Abraham, the Redemption of Israel, the fortunes of the nation and the prophetic promises and expectations for the fulfillment of the original covenant promises.  At the climax of the story is the event of the incarnation of the Christ, his life, death, resurrection and ascension to glory. The purposes of God in this story are expressed in such a way as to show that the destiny of all the peoples of the world and of the whole universe is tied to the work of God in Christ...
"If the biblical story is true, Christ is the only savior for humankind and there is room for no other way to God. If the story is true, Jesus Christ is the interpretative key to every fact in the universe and, of course, the Bible is one such fact. He is thus the hermeneutic principle that applies first to the Bible as the ground for understanding, and also to the whole of reality. Interpreting reality correctly is a by-product of salvation. Thus, we must assert that the person and work of Jesus Christ are foundational for evangelical hermeneutics...Christ interprets all facts, since all things were created in him, through him, and for him (Col. 1:16). As the one mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5), Christ mediates the ultimate truth of God about all things and thus about the meaning of the Bible.
The principle of Christ alone points us to the soteriological and hermeneutical priority of the gospel of Christ." - Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel-centered Hermeneutics, p. 48