”Commandments are covered promises; all promises are also covered commandments” (John Wesley)


Wesley understood the purpose of biblical interpretation to be the salvation of souls. God has revealed the way to heaven in Scripture, and that one book will enable us to get there.

“Commandments are covered promises.” Wesley understood the unity of law and gospel in both Testaments to be such that every time God gives a commandment, it is at the same time a hidden promise that God will enable the persons to do what God had commanded. In a similar way, all promises are also covered commandments. The power of grace is such that God would help anyone who accepted God’s grace by faith to accomplish God’s will. Thus Matthew 5:48 is best understood as both commandment and promise. Wesley translated it, “Therefore ye shall be perfect,” in place of the Authorized Version’s imperative form, “Be ye therefore perfect.” He thereby preserved the ambiguity between the imperative and future indicative that exists in the Greek text.

McKim, D. K. (1998). Historical handbook of major biblical interpreters (388). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Despre Liviu
Crestin, absolvent al unei facultati de teologie (protestanta). Pasionat de Biblie, carte buna, muzica buna, film bun,alte bunatati... si teologie comparata si istoria Bisericii. De orientare teologica Wesley-ana, simpatizant al paleo-ortodoxiei.

2 Responses to ”Commandments are covered promises; all promises are also covered commandments” (John Wesley)

  1. Pingback: - Ant Writes

  2. Pingback: The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism « JRFibonacci's blog: partnering with reality

Lasă un răspuns

Completează mai jos detaliile despre tine sau dă clic pe un icon pentru autentificare:

WordPress.com Logo

Comentezi folosind contul tău WordPress.com. Log Out / Schimbă )

Twitter picture

Comentezi folosind contul tău Twitter. Log Out / Schimbă )

Facebook photo

Comentezi folosind contul tău Facebook. Log Out / Schimbă )

Google+ photo

Comentezi folosind contul tău Google+. Log Out / Schimbă )

Connecting to %s

Urmărește

Fiecare nou articol să fie livrat pe email.

Alături de 137 de alți urmăritori

%d blogeri au apreciat asta: