The Bible’s Meaning Never Changes


In this lab, John Piper reminds us that our opinions about a verse may change, but a text’s true meaning forever remains the same.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. Some believe that the Bible cannot be trusted because thousands of interpretations exist for different texts. How would you respond to such reasoning?
  2. Watch the lab. Why does John Piper say that authors can change their minds but texts cannot change?
  3. Why is it important to know that the meaning of the Bible never changes?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Both Wonderfully True

In this lab, John Piper reminds us that if you are teaching, studying, or explaining a difficult text, and two interpretations could be correct, don’t be afraid to admit you’re not sure in that particular verse. Instead, show why both could be correct, and glory in the fact that, regardless, both realities are true (if they are not contradictory interpretations and are both affirmed elsewhere in Scripture).