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The Moral Principle Text I Cor. 10:11 Ii Tim 3:16-17
Definition • The principle which the interpretation of a verse or group of verses is determined by discerning the moral it contains • Scripture has but one meaning but can have more than one application. (love thy neighbor, many ways to apply this)
Search the Scripture • Proverbs 25:2 • John 5:39 • Scripture saith • The Bible has passages that tell us what we should be and not be. It tells us how we are to act and not act. • So we must search the scripture to locate and apply to our life.
Ark of the Covenant • I Chron. 13:7-14; 15:1-3, 13-15 • There is a clear moral teaching found in this event • God’s work must be conducted God’s way to receive God’s blessings
Guidelines • The interpretations must be kept in harmony with the entire Bible • Not all scripture is meant to be moralized
The Parabolic Principle • Matt 4:11-13
Definition • That principle spoken in mystery with only one meaning or theme • Parable is taken from the Greek word “parabole” • Something thrown or placed alongside something else for purposes of comparison
Purpose • To reveal truth to those who are opened hearted (hungry and thirsty) • To conceal truth from those who are closed hearted • II Thess 2:11 • Matt. 28:19 (example)
Major Sources • The area of Creation • Seed, wheat, tares, fish, leaven, pearls, sheep, goats, wind and ect. • The area of Human Relationships • Father, mother, son, daughter, servant, master, bride, groom, friends, ect
Guidelines • It is a parable • The rich man and Lazarus is not a parable (It is a true story) • Parable do not name specific people • The prodigal son is a parable because the people are spoken of in non specific term • A parable is a comparison between a general theme and a spiritual truth
Remember • Every parable conceals and reveals one (only one) fundamental spiritual truth • Doctrine should not be established solely upon parabolic teaching