The Key to Enjoying Your Life

1 Peter 3:10–12

We are saved by grace alone through faith alone, but Jesus did not die only to ransom you from hell. He died to ransom you from wasting your life here on earth. In this lab, John Piper highlights several commands God gives to Christians, and two major motivations for living distinctly from our old selves.

Principle for Bible Reading

A ground is an argument or reason for another statement. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask how what comes after the “for” or “because” explains (or grounds) what comes before the “for” or “because.” The key words for grounding statements are “for,” “because,” or “since.”

Study Questions

  1. Read 1 Peter 3:10–12 and identify as many separate commands as you can.
  2. Explain the “For” at the beginning of 1 Peter 3:12. How does what comes after the “For” explain what comes before?
  3. In 1 Peter 3:12, how is Peter trying to motivate Christians to obey the commands in 1 Peter 3:10–11?