John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

I used this approach in my answer to ‭Translation of the word διακρίνων in 1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:29

The important point is not the flesh but the spirit. Let your understanding and interpretation enter your mind and more importantly enter your spirit, which produces life or behavior change to not sin. It is your spirit that empowers you to overcome sins through the indwelling Holy Spirit. This is a spiritual reality. This is not some vague mystical approach to spiritualize but a concrete and precise approach to discern the facts in the spiritual realm, i.e., spiritual realities.

John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

2 Corinthians 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

John 3:12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

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    I am having trouble understanding exactly what you are asking. Are you able to clarify? – Dottard Jun 4 '20 at 11:05
  • I used this approach in my answer to hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/48067/… – Tony Chan Jun 4 '20 at 12:27
  • That is the basis for Senus Plenior approach; exegesis in a reproducible way by the Spirit. – Bob Jones Jun 5 '20 at 11:36
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    Where did you get "full of" from? – David Jun 5 '20 at 16:26
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    I removed the redundant phrase. – Perry Webb Jun 6 '20 at 16:46

Jesus did not prescribe this as an exclusive approach, but an important one. Jesus also said:

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (John 7:17, ESV)

The willingness to do God’s will as recorded in the Bible is one of the most importan hermeneutics. Otherwise, the tendency is to twist scriptures to say what one wants them to say.

Pretaining to a spiritual hermeneutic 1 John 4:1 has:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1, ESV)

We need to apply this not only to others, but also to ourselves. Dealing with the original languages, background history, and how Christians previously interpreted a passage can help identify if we are being straight forward in our interpretation.

Paul wrote:

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16, ESV)

Λέγω δέ, πνεύματι περιπατεῖτε καὶ ἐπιθυμίαν σαρκὸς οὐ μὴ τελέσητε. Gal. 5:16, NA27)

Note in Greek Spirit is dative with no preposition, so it could very well be “walk with the Spirit” referring back to how Adam and Eve walked with God before the fall. Some important ways to walk with the Spirit are:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes. 5:16–18, ESV)

We talk to God when we pray, but one of the most important ways God speaks to us is through the Bible. Scripture interprets scripture. An important hermeneutic is to read the Bible with the willingness for it to correct us.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16–17, ESV)

”For teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” all refers to ways of changing us.

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