Principle for Bible Reading
What does it mean for us to die to the world or for the world to die to us (Galatians 6:14)? In this lab, John Piper explains what happens when we belong to Jesus. What kind of new creation are we, and what does that mean for our lives? Piper pulls in several texts to answer difficult questions.
- How does someone die to the world?
- What does it mean for the world to die to me?
- How does our new creation relate to our death?
Dead to the World (06:11–08:14)
- How does someone die to the world? (Galatians 6:14)
- We have been crucified with Christ. (Galatians 2:20)
- This union happens through faith. When we believe in Jesus, his death counts as ours. (Galatians 2:20)
The World Died to Me (08:14–09:30)
- What does it mean for the world to die to me? (Galatians 6:14)
- When we die to the world, we are no longer enslaved by the world because it’s lost its power to destroy you.
- Knowing the world has died to me means knowing that you are free from the world’s influence and rule.
Made New Through Death (09:30–11:17)
- How does our new creation relate to our death? (Galatians 6:15)
- I died, but Christ still lives in me (Galatians 2:20). This means we’re still alive somehow.
- Now, I love in the flesh (bodily), but now I live by faith. (Galatians 2:20)
- The new creation reality in my life is me living by faith. (Galatians 2:20; 6:15)
Confirmation in the New Testament (11:17–14:31)
- Galatians 5:6 confirms this by replacing “new creation” with “faith working through love” when talking about circumcision and uncircumcision.
- 1 Corinthians 7:19 also confirms this with similar language, this time using “keeping the commandments of God” instead of “new creation.”
- Romans 13:8–10 ties together Galatians 5:6 and 1 Corinthians 7:19, “love is the fulfilling of the whole law.”
Summary of Galatians 6:12–15 (14:31–16:13)
- What does it mean for us to die to the world in Galatians 6:14? Review Galatians 2:20 for help. What does it mean for the world to die to us (Galatians 6:14)?
- Based on Galatians 6:12–15, how do we become a new creation after dying? Again, look at Galatians 2:20 for help.
- Read Galatians 5:6, 1 Corinthians 7:19, and Romans 13:8–10. What do you learn about how Paul thinks about us being a “new creation”?
Piper: “In Jesus, we die to the world around us, and the world dies in its power to destroy us.”