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I N T E R P R E T I N G S C R I P T U R E A B O U T C H R I S T c h a p t e r 82 “You should realize from the fact that among us Christians the charisms of prophecy exist down to the present day that the gifts that previously resided among your people have now been transferred to us. And, just as there were false prophets among you at the time your holy prophets lived, so now there also are in our midst many [false prophets] and false teachers, against whom we had been warned by our Lord himself, so that we should be prepared for anything, since we are aware that he foreknew what would befall us after his resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven. 2. “He predicted that we would be slaughtered and hated because of his name, and that many false prophets and false Christs would start preaching in his name, and would mislead many:1 and this has actually happened. 3. “Many have disseminated atheistic, blasphemous, and perverse doctrines, falsely branding them with his name, and they have taught, and still do, whatever that unclean spirit of the Devil has suggested to their minds. And we do our very best to warn them, as we do you, not to be deluded, for we are fully aware that whoever can speak out the truth, and fails to do so, shall be condemned by God, who said through Ezekiel: I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Judah. If the wicked man shall sin and you have not warned him, he indeed shall die in his iniq128 1. See Mt 24.5, 9, 11, 24; Massaux, 65–66. uity, but I will require his blood at your hand; but if you have warned him, you shall be innocent.2 4. “It is not from a love of wealth, or of glory, or of pleasure, therefore, but because of fear of a future judgment, that we strive to speak in accordance with the Scriptures. For no person can justly accuse us of such vices. Nor do we wish to emulate the lives of your rulers, whom God thus censures: Your princes are companions of thieves; they all love bribes and run after rewards.3 Now if, unfortunately, you should encounter such men even among us Christians, do not for that reason blaspheme Christ and attempt to misinterpret the Scriptures. c h a p t e r 83 “For instance, your teachers have presumed to refer the statement, The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool,4 to Hezekiah, as if he were ordered to sit on the right side of the Temple, when the Assyrian king sent men to him with menacing messages and he was warned by Isaiah not to be afraid.5 Now, we all know and acknowledge that what Isaiah predicted did actually happen, and that the Assyrian king was checked from waging war on Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah, and that an angel of the Lord put to death about one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp.6 2. “But, it is evident that the quoted psalm does not refer to Hezekiah, for it is worded as follows: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool. He shall send forth the scepter of power upon Jerusalem, and he shall rule in the midst of your enemies. In the brightness of the saints, before the morning star I begot you. The Lord has sworn and he will not repent: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek.7 3. “Now, who will not concede that Hezekiah was not a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek? And who is not aware that he was not the redeemer of Jerusalem? And who does not Interpreting Scripture about Christ 129 2. Ezek 3.17–19. See Skarsaune, 450. 3. Is 1.23. 4. Ps 109 (110).l. See Skarsaune, 86–88. 5. 2 Kgs 18.17–19.6; Is 36.14; 37.1. 6. Is 37.36. 7. Ps 109 (110).1–4. know that he did not send the scepter of power upon Jerusalem, and did not rule in the midst of his enemies? For who does not know...


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