Christ did not die to domesticate your sin and make it your pet. In this lab, Pastor John shows that Jesus' death took the monster out back and killed it.
Principle for Bible Reading
When studying the Bible, we walk the path between being proud concerning our interpretations or being convictionless. The first doesn’t even consider others’ reasons for disagreeing and the other doesn’t have any confidence in believing anything without a favorite pastor or Study Bible telling us what a passage means.
A better demeanor in Bible reading is to hold humble convictions.
Humble: Wisdom from above is open to reason (James 3:17) — we ought to be open to reasons that our positions are underdeveloped or incorrect.
Convictions: The fact that we do not have perfect understanding should not paralyze us from holding deep convictions. Humility in Bible study does not refuse to believe things strongly, it refuses to close our ears when reasons — good or bad — challenge our present understanding.
Adopting humble convictions honors God as it allows us to not only understand but to believe his Word and respond appropriately. We must first believe we know what God says in order to put faith in and obey him.
- How does Christ’s death affect your fight with sin? Can you think of any Scripture that tells us how it should?
- What do you think the relationship is between suffering in the flesh and ceasing from sin in 1 Peter 4:1–2?
- In the video, John Piper covers two alternative ways of interpreting, “whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” What are they? Do you agree with either, why or why not?