31. Interpreting God’s Word

Catholic Position

¶100 The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been
entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope
and to the bishops in communion with him. Article 3

Scripture Says

Acts 17:11
11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Mark 12:24
24  And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err,
because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

2 Peter 1:20
20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2 Timothy 2:15
15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

John 5:39
39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

John 14:26
26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 16:13

13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13
12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the
spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely
given to us of God.
13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s
wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual
things with spiritual.

1 John 2:26-27
26  These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in
you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing
teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it
hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.


  • Was God not able to write His word so that His people could understand it without human intervention?
  • Who will interpret scripture for you?