A term into theological study, and much has been made about the dangers of ‘proof texting’. Anybody, supposedly, can say anything by stringing together a few verses of scripture wrenched from their original contexts.
Apparently we must be careful how far we lean on the Bible to make concrete conclusions, since even the Apostle Paul intended what he said to be taken lightly - a questionable implication of 1 Corinthians 7:12.
But let’s not throw the theological baby out with the bathwater. Proof texting in that sense may well be bad exegetical form, but we must nevertheless have confidence that a responsible handling of the sweep of scripture will yield timeless, authoritative, glorious truth. After all, that’s what St Paul did…
"As his custom was… he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead"