Day 80: The Bible References the Bible

Romans 9:25-29

As he says also in Hosea,

“I will call them ‘my people,’ which were not my people;
and her ‘beloved,’ who was not beloved.”
“It will be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
There they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
Isaiah cries concerning Israel,

“If the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea,
it is the remnant who will be saved;
for He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth.”

As Isaiah has said before,

“Unless the Lord of Armies had left us a seed,
we would have become like Sodom,
and would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Here Paul provides evidence from the Old Testament that God intended to bring Gentiles to God and that in the end, only a few of the Jewish people will be saved from destruction that is yet to come to this world.

Paul continues on to explain as we read the next verses so I plan to comment on it more later. It is important to see that Paul holds the Bible as an authority that proves what He is saying.

Bible Interpretation: Notice that the only true way to interpret the words of God are with other words of God. This is a very important thing to understand about Bible study. The Bible is it’s own best evidence. There is no source more final than God, so the Bible cannot be scrutinized by any other document or any other opinion. This obviously sets it apart from other documents. The Bible claims that God is speaking and to properly understand it you must think God’s way and believe what He says.