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Lectures to My Students

May 25, 2011

Jared Wilson:

The worst thing that can happen in seeking out Jesus in the Old Testament text is that we lose the Old Testament text itself. We are not looking for Jesus instead of David. We are looking at Jesus behind and beyond David. In this sense “true and better,” a la Keller, is a good template to keep in mind.

In Lectures to My Students, Spurgeon writes:

Employ spiritualising within certain limits and boundaries, but I pray you do not, under cover of this advice, rush headlong into incessant and injudicious ‘imaginings,’ as George Fox would call them. Do not drown yourselves because you are recommended to bathe, or hang yourselves on an oak because tannins is described as a valuable astringent.

In his rules on appropriately spiritualizing a Bible passage, Spurgeon insists that we not “violently strain a text.”


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