In this lab, Pastor John shows us the connection between the world passing away and our urgency in personal holiness and prayer.
Principle for Bible Reading
An inference is a statement that explains what is or what should be based on something already said. An inference is like the top floor of a building because it always rests upon other floors, or reasons that have already been given.
Statements that begin with “therefore” are almost always inferences. Because inferences build off of other statements, whenever you see a therefore in the Bible, ask what it is there for (or, what statements is it building upon).
“I just finished cooking, therefore go wash your hands for dinner.” Because dinner has been cooked, the inference is that hands should be washed in preparing to eat the meal.
Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, an inference is usually identified by: therefore, accordingly, or so.
- What do you think the connection is between the “end times” and prayer in 1 Peter 4:7? Does knowing that you live in the last days affect your prayer life?
- Why would self-control and sober-mindedness have any effect on our prayers (1 Peter 4:7)?
- If you knew that Jesus was coming back very soon, how would that change how you lived? How might your holiness and prayer life be affected?