Forde, Gerhard O. The Preached God: Proclamation in Word and Sacrament. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 11, “Human Sexuality and Romans, Chapter One” Loc. 2803-2934.
This essay begins with an extended passage from Romans chapter one. “It may just be that hearing it will go a long way toward answering our question, just as Paul intended so long ago” (Forde 2007, Loc. 2803). Forde goes on to ask if it is appropriate for us to interpret the passage or possibly for it to interpret us (Forde 2007, Loc. 2811). He then considers two different models of interpretation of scripture. “In the first and perhaps most universally assumed model, the exegete as ‘subject’ stands over against the text as the ‘object’ to be interpreted” (Forde 2007, Loc. 2816). This method always leaves some level of subjectivity. The other model is “that sacred Scripture interprets itself” (Forde 2007, Loc. 2824). Here, “the Scripture comes to interpret the exegete” (Forde 2007, Loc. 2829).
In Romans chapter 1, given this principle that Scripture exegetes us, we find our question is who can rescue us (Forde 2007, Loc. 2842). The Scripture does its work to point us to Jesus. The law of God is affirmed as it convicts of sin and authoritatively sends sinners to Jesus for forgiveness (Forde 2007, Loc. 2862). “It is because Christ and Christ alone is the end [of the law] that I can let the law stand just as it is” (Forde 2007, Loc. 2867). The concept of Jesus as the fulfiller of Scripture is paramount.
Forde goes on to study the outcome of a theology which allows Scripture to interpret us (Forde 2007, Loc. 2888). The texts which we might question in terms of human sexuality finally are questions of authority and of sin and grace (Forde 2007, Loc. 2900).