With a few minutes spare and access to a computer I can post within the ten days I thought posting might not be possible. Reading this morning in Hebrews this caught my eye:
"Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." (2:1)
The writer to the Hebrews is self-consciously referencing what he writes to the then familiar Scripture of the church. It needs to be paid attention to, and in what I am writing to you, I am both paying attention myself and seeking to assist you, dear readers, in paying attention to it.
But what does the writer write in Hebrews? All he does is write what the familiar Scripture now means in the light of Jesus Christ. Thus his writing is also Scripture - not a new scriptural writing (as such) but an extension of the already existing Scripture, a drawing out (i.e. exegesis) of what had been hidden within Scripture: Jesus Christ, God coming into the world to speak to us in these last days (1:1-2). In this sense also Hebrews is Scripture: it is a writing down of what God has spoken 'by his Son' (1:2).
As Anglicans we read Scripture and hear it read, through the daily office/eucharist and weekly services. But a searching question for us, most especially at the time of the English Reformation, has been how much attention we pay to Scripture.
For evangelical Anglicans, our claim has been that we do pay attention to Scripture. But the question always before us is, Do we?