Principle for Bible Reading
What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus? In this lab, John Piper begins a series of three labs focused on friendship with Jesus. Jesus loves you with the greatest possible love and paid the ultimate price to have you — a friendship like no other.
Friends or Enemies? (01:22–05:16)
- Why does Jesus say “friends” and not enemies in John 15:13. Isn’t loving enemies a greater love than loving friends?
- The love of God increases as the object of his love goes down in merit(Romans 5:8). His love is greatest when the object is least deserving.
- So why does Jesus saying something different in John 15:13?
The Greatest Love (05:16–07:54)
- Jesus’ point in John 15:12–15 is not about the difference between love for friends and love for enemies.
- The two ends of the spectrum here are, for instance, giving a friend a cup of water and sacrificing your own life for them. (John 15:13)
- Greater love for a friend makes greater sacrifices for the one it loves.
- Jesus loves you with the greatest possible love. He made the greatest possible sacrifice — the ultimate price — for you.
- Why would Jesus say “friends” in John 15:13, and not “enemies”? Would not a love for one’s enemies exceed love for a friend?
- Read Romans 5:6–8. What point is Paul making in these three verses, and how might it relate to John 15:12–15?
- If Jesus is making a different point in John 15:13 than Paul is in Romans 5:6–8, what is it? What unique point is Jesus making about friendship?
Piper: “We measure the love and friendship of Jesus by the price he paid for us.”