[This is the final installment of “Spirit & Word – Hermeneutics”, I do hope it has been a blessing to you – Richard]


A charismatic hermeneutic worth its name must display certain basic attributes:

i) The prior place of the Spirit/spirit in revelation.

1 Corinthians 2v12 and 1 John 2v20 are fundamental here to say nothing of the sayings of Jesus on the matter.

ii) Synthesis between the devotional and exegetical.

The NT writers themselves display a certain freedom in their use and understanding of the OT text. They didn’t always use it with regard to context or original intent and sometimes the original context was subservient to its present application. cf the catena of sayings in Hebrews Ch 2.

iii) Recognition of the true nature of The Word.

The Word is more than words. It no doubt includes the words but in essence it transcends the words. Hebrews 4:12

iv) The need to maintain a tension between scriptural and prophetic.

I have no doubt the ultimate control must lie within Scripture but we all know that emphasis on the letter that can effectively kill the Spirit.

v) The need for a right heart for right understanding

As a result of the dynamic intrusion of God’s word. The moral influence of Scripture which obeyed has the effect through the Spirit of making me like itself; light, truth, power, endurance, hope and so on.

vi) The fundamental principle of “unity within truth”

This is not a battle between unbelievers but a discussion between those who seek to follow “the faith once delivered to the saints.”

Gordon Fee should have the last word when he says that

“the question of hermeneutics are not at all easy, which is probably why so few books are written on this aspect of our subject. Nor will all agree on how one goes about this task. But this is a crucial area, and believers need to learn to talk to one another about these questions – and to listen.”

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