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This leads on to understanding what he means by “one’s own interpretation”-
Evidently what he is criticising here is the kind of interpretation of Old Testament prophecy which does NOT find it pointing towards Jesus.
The message is that the Holy Spirit originated these prophecies, and the Holy Spirit says that they’re pointing towards Jesus, so an individual acting without the Holy Spirit’s guidance should not gainsay that interpretation.
The Servant of the LORD Isaiah 42:
1_“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.
2_He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
3_A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4_he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
(The Gospel of truth, from Jesus Christ!)
5_This is what God the LORD says—the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
6_“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.
(The prophecy about Jesus Christ as being a covenant for the People/Gentiles and those who hold faith in Him!)
7_to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
(The miraculous signs and the freeing of the captives when the Lord died and descended into Sheol/Underworld and/or Spirit-World, to free the captives/souls from death!)
8_“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
9_See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
(The Promise and Gift of Everlasting life!)
1_Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2_He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
3_He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
4_But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
5_And now the LORD says—he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him, and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength—
6_he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and to bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
7_This is what the LORD says—the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” Restoration of Israel
8_This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances.
“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”