In this lab, John Piper reminds us that when we gain Christ, we get a right standing before God that depends upon Christ and not ourselves.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 3:8–9:
- Do you think that God’s people in the Old Testament were saved by their works while we are not? Why or why not?
- Read Philippians 3:8–9. What must we count as loss if we are to gain Christ?
- How would you explain to a nonbeliever what our righteousness looks like before God? Does it include good works?
Principles 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.