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Sorin Sabou

Letter to the Romans, Nicomachean Ethics, and more

Reading the Holy Scripture

I refer to the Bible as The Holy Scripture. This means that the biblical writings have a divine origin, and were given to the Christian community of faith. The triune God has revealed himself to his people. Thus, the text of the Holy Scripture is revealed, sanctified, and inspired by the triune God, and it must be preserved and approached as part of God’s redemptive, self-revelation received by his people; God’s saving revelation leads to God’s covenantal communion with his people. The Holy Scripture must be always understood, on the one hand, in the light of origin, function and goal of God’s self-communication, and, on the other hand, in the light of its reception by the people of God. Thus, the Holy Scripture is a word of supreme dignity, legitimacy and effectiveness.
I believe that the Holy Scripture, in view of its relation to God and God's economy of salvation, is God-breathed since the human writers spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence, the Holy Scripture is fully trustworthy and free of error in all that it affirms. The Holy Scripture is the written Word of God and is my supreme authority for faith and conduct, it is above all other sources of knowledge.
The reading of the Holy Scripture has to be done keeping in view its function as an operative factor in God’s plan of salvation. In other words, I read the Holy Scripture in the economy of grace; it is a moral matter, it is a faithful reading that is part in the history of sin and its overcoming. Reading well the Holy Scripture, ultimately, requires hermeneutical conversion, and then leads to being transfigured by the Holy Spirit according to the image of the Son. The revealed, sanctified, and inspired Holy Scripture has precedence over the reader. In virtue of its relation to God, the Holy Scripture is self-interpreting, perspicuous, and its clarity is inherent.
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