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Sensus plenior – the deeper meaning of scripture.
Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) is sometimes considered a champion for promoting the idea of sensus plenior (the hidden meaning of scripture) because he recognized that the language of the Bible was often intended to be used figuratively. Unfortunately, he is the source of many errors adopted by exegetes (those who would attempt to understand the meaning contained in scripture).
His fundamental error was the proposition that God spoke to man in stories in order that the most simple among fallen men could understand what he wished to communicate. This is contrary to what Jesus said:
- Lu 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Instead, God hid the true meaning from them.
- 1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
The mystery was hidden until it was revealed in Christ.
- Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Modern theologians speak of sensus plenior as the deeper meaning that God intended, but which was unknown to the human author. Many do not believe that sensus plenior exists, and many others are agnostic about it but suggest that we are unable or forbidden from discerning it.
For the many, it is easy to dismiss or forbid that which they do not comprehend. This blog is dedicated to making sensus plenior plain.
- Re 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, …
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