It is said that you must interpret scripture by scripture. This is what the false prophets say. They wrap their false doctrines in the Bible, and reason wrongly out of the Bible. They speak of things that they know not. So a word of caution in saying scripture interprets scripture. The one true gospel by the Spirit of grace interprets the Old Testament, the scriptures, and gives understanding to the New Testament. The one true gospel interprets the Old Testament.
When the Bible speaks of the “scriptures”, it primarily declared the Old Testament and once as the New. but most see the Old Testament as the New Testament, as the “scriptures”. Yes, the New Testament is “writings” of the apostolos, but as the Old Testament. When Paul writes to Timothy that all scriptures are inspired by God, he was not including his own writings as the “scriptures” in the same way. Why would all the apostolos constantly quote from the Old Testament if their words could stand in the exact same light as the writings of the prophets, the Old Testament. They would not quote from the Old Testament if they found their words alone were as the Old Testament. They would not need to. And this the false prophets constantly do, speak as the oracle of God, but are without the Spirit of God.
There are “the writings of prophets” and “the writings of the apostolos”. The New, the writing of the apostolos” rests on the Old, the writing of the prophets. The Old does not rest on the New. The Old Testament does not quote the New because it cannot. The Old Testament prophesies of the Mashiach and His death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. The New is the understanding of the fulfilled prophecies of the Mashiach. The New in Matthew, Mark, Luke and Yohan proclaim the fulfillment of the prophecies in Yeshua the Mashiach. The New in Acts through Revelation give the understanding found in the Mashiach as the prophecies are declared fulfilled. Beware, “know no man after the flesh, yes though we have known the Mashiach after the flesh, yet henceforth know we Him no more.”
The “New” is judged by the one true gospel. If words are spoken, and understanding given in the writings of the apostolos, it must be judged by the eternal purpose of God in Yeshua, the gospel. “Are these words in harmony with gospel of the Mashiach?” is the judgment. It cannot be understood what God has done in other generations unless we understand what God has done in the generation of Yeshua who is the Mashiach of God. This is why the one true gospel must be continually preached to the unbeliever and the believer alike. With the believer there will be the understanding that only comes from God. With the unbeliever he will either accept the one true gospel by God’s will and grace, or he will reject it by God’s will. I will give you an example of judging all doctrine and the writings of the apostolos by the one true gospel. In the purpose of God in the Mashiach, Yeshua died for all people. He tasted death for all people. He loves all people. Then comes along a man who calls himself a Calvinist (or Calvin himself) and he says God does not love all people, and that the Christ did not die for all people. After the second admonition the man of this opinion (heresias) is to be rejected. This is a work of God. God will reject him, grace is not found with him. He is a false prophet. I have found the New Testament, the writings of the apostolos, to be sure and true, judged by the gospel. But I exhort you, brethren, to not accept what the apostolos write, but judge their writings by the one true gospel. The prophecies of the Old are accepted by grace as prophecies foretelling the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. The Old is about exercising the grace that is given to all believers to accept the one true gospel as it is foretold in innumerable prophecies. The New is the understanding that comes by the accepting of the Old Testament prophecies and the uncovering of Yeshua ha Mashiach that comes with the accepting by grace alone – the seeing of Yeshua. Consider Him!
So does scripture explain scripture? N0? Grace given by God to accept the one true gospel gives the understanding that only comes from God, to give the children of grace understanding that they might judge all things by the gospel, even the writings of the apostolos.
And now saying this, when the gospel is faithfully preached, as my brother Paul (he is my brother as I have judged him by the one true gospel), there comes a time when the following is true:
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
I say this that you would not be high-minded. That you would understand the grace and the gifts that God gives to the assembly. That you would understand that a man as Paul who is nothing, but he is who he is by the grace of God. A man who knows nothing, for “knowledge is arrogance but love edifies. If any man thinks he knows anything, he knows not as he ought.” But he can also say, “How that by the revelation He made known unto me the secret (the one true gospel)…whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the secret of the Mashaich.” The secret of the Masiach is the one true gospel) And in another place Paul wrote, “But I certify, to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not according to man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it of a man, but by the revelation (the uncovering of the secret) of Yeshua ha Mashiach…but when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the nations. Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” I too beloved, say that the gospel preached of me is not according to man, nor was taught me by man (for God would not permit this), but it was revealed by Yeshua ha Mashiach. I too conferred not with flesh and blood. (for God would not permit this.) And He has made me a faithful minister of the gospel. For the faithfulness God has wrought in the earth is not of the will of a man, but the will and grace of God. The love that is wrought in the earth in this present generation is not of man, but only of God. There is one that is faithful and that is Yeshua ha Mashiach. And so I and those with me strive by grace to continue in the grace that is only found in the Mashiach, who is Yeshua of Nazareth, that we might be saved from sin, and death and judgment. “The gates of sheol (the grave) shall not prevail against the assembly of the living God.”