In Short


The Bible is centered in Christ.

“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Luke 24:27

“All the prophets testify about [Jesus] that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Acts 10:38

“How from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15


The context and the rest of Scripture can guide us in our understanding of passages.

“Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”
Isaiah 8:20

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
John 17:17

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16


We should not depart from the author’s intended meaning in Scripture.

“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”
Deuteronomy 4:2

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”
Revelation 22:18-19