Some of these authorities are the New Testament itself, the Fathers of the Church, the Church in Council (cf.
Acts 15 model), the
"faithful people" faithful to what was handed down to them, etc. The Spirit of Truth is entrusted
to faithful people
as an authority in the Church. The fuller sense of any Scripture text has to be in agreement with the literal sense of the words. This fuller sense must be a consequential
development of what the human
author of the text intended to
An example of the fuller sense in the interpretation of Scripture is found by looking at the New Testament.
In the Gospel according
to Matthew, Chapter 1, verse 23, Matthew says that the conception of Jesus by Mary was a
virginal conception and took place so that the words of the
prophet Isaiah (7:14)
might be fulfilled. Isaiah gives no evidence that the prophet had Jesus' conception in the womb of
Mary in mind.