Deep Meaning, Right on the Surface

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“Any preacher who uses commentaries when preaching through Old Testament books can testify how rare it is for the apostolic interpretation to be taken into any kind of account by the commentator as he seeks to find the meaning of the text before him. Surely this should be a cause for astonishment. Sometimes commentators do have to deal with the troubles caused by an apostle — as in, ‘How can we reconcile him saying this with our knowledge that he was both inspired and not to be listened to?’ But I have yet to find a commentator on Genesis, for example, who says that Genesis 6 is clearly a passage where we learn the nature and meaning of Christian baptism, and then goes on to exposit this truth. And furthermore, I am not holding my breath” (A Primer on Worship and Reformation, p. 50).

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