In this lab, John Piper asks if the Bible contradicts itself when it says eternal punishment awaits those who reject him while also saying that Christ will reconcile all things to himself.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Colossians 1:19–20:
- Do you believe God will save every human being eventually? Does Colossians 1:19–20 teach that he will?
- Read Romans 9:22–23. According to those verses, what is a reason why God might not save everyone?
- This lab addressed a belief commonly called universalism. Is there anything at stake in believing it?
Principle of Bible Reading
Defining Terms in Context
Often, we come with our definitions of words before we understand what a verse or passage means. This can work at times, but we must not silence the passage. Rather, we must let the passage itself define what certain words mean. Words help us understand verses, and verses help us understand words.
So, as you read, take time to ask, “What can I learn about what this word means from the passage?” Set aside a couple of days to read through a whole book several times before walking through it in a slower, more in-depth way.