Principle for Bible Reading
Suffering might be the hardest, most confusing reality in the Christian life. In this lab, John Piper uncovers deep and durable truths that will help you suffer well. God made and saves the world in the way he did in to make Christ the center of the universe.
Suffering and Glory (00:34–03:55)
- We will be glorified with Christ if we suffer with him. (Romans 8:17)
- Paul wants believers to know that they will (all) suffer in this life. (Romans 8:18)
- We will not understand our suffering without understanding what is waiting for us in eternity. (Romans 8:18).
- The glory that will be revealed will be Christ’s glory, and it will be our glory. (Romans 8:18)
Futility and Freedom (03:55–07:02)
- We often think we are the ones waiting to see the earth made new, but it is also the reverse. The creation is longing to enter into the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:19)
- God subjected the creation to futility because of sin, but he did it in hope. (Romans 8:20)
- God’s hope for the creation is that it will be set free from corruption and enter into the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:21)
Why Save This Way? (07:02–08:56)
- We, the children of God, are being glorified with Christ. Meaning, Christ is glorified as we are redeemed and glorified with him. (Romans 8:17)
- Christ saves and glorifies us through his death on the cross, his resurrection, and his own glorification. He died, rose, and reigns to be the highest point of all of history and all of creation.
- The suffering, longing, and glory of redemption is God’s way of making Christ the center of the universe.
- Is the glory “to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18) a glory that we will see or a glory that we ourselves will be?
- In Romans 8:20, who subjected the creation to futility? Why did he do that?
- Read Romans 8:18–21. Who is waiting/hoping/watching for whom in these verses? How do the creation and the redeemed children of God relate to one another?
Piper: “The suffering, longing, and glory of redemption is God’s way of making Christ the center of the universe.”
‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series
This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.