Written by Man, Spoken by God


In this lab, John Piper reminds us that the Bible is like no other book in the history of the world. Man wrote it, but God spoke it.

Some questions to ask as you read and study:

  1. Who wrote the Bible? What role did God play in writing the Scriptures? Human authors? Why does it matter?
  2. Watch the lab. What is John Piper’s definition of the meaning of a text? What are his seven reasons for believing this? Do you agree?
  3. How is this meaning of meaning good news for us? How can it give new life to your study of God’s word?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Do Old Testament promises apply to me?

As we read the Old Testament, we come across lots of promises God made to Israel. Do any of these promises apply to me? When reading Isaiah 41:10, for example, is it okay to trust that God will strengthen me, help me, and uphold me?

John Piper says yes based on Galatians 3 and 2 Corinthians 1:20. The promises to Israel were made to Abraham’s offspring. Paul ultimately identifies Jesus as that offspring. Because through our faith, we are united to him, and therefore all the promises are ours in him.