Although Spurgeon is not “pre-critical” in the true sense of “pre,” his expositional style is similar to many who came before him, in seeking the “spiritual” meaning of the text. And often this leads him to insights that are amazingly attuned to the way that the NT writers themselves operate. Consider this reading of Psalm 16:10:
Ps 16:10: For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
This word has its proper fulfilment in the Lord Jesus; but it applies also, with a variation, to all who are in him. Our soul shall not be left in the separate state, and our body, though it see corruption, shall rise again. The general meaning, rather than the specific application, is that to which we would call our readers’ thoughts at this particular time.
It makes me wonder: What would the apostle Paul be most comfortable with – the statement above from Spurgeon, or the equivalent section of a technical commentary on the verse? I’m definitely not denigrating technical commentaries – I love ’em! – I’m just wondering whether they go far enough…