Revelation is not new knowledge that no one knew before. In this lab, John Piper reminds us that revelation is making crystal clear what was before us the whole time — that Jesus is the Son of God.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:15–16:
- How does God change our minds? Give an example of a time when this happened.
- Who is Paul’s confidence in that the Philippians might not persist in error (Philippians 3:15)? How might the truth be “revealed” to them?
- We all have thoughts that need to be corrected. How can you put yourself in the best position to have those thoughts changed by truth?
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s word. Pray that God would change you by his word.