John Piper on Important Principles in Reading the Bible

Found this on John Piper’s blog, really helpful.

One of the Most Important Principles in Reading the Bible

October 27, 2009  |  By: John Piper

Sometimes readers of the Bible see the conditions that God lays down for his blessing and they conclude from these conditions that our action is first and decisive, then God responds to bless us.

That is not right.

There are indeed real conditions that God often commands. We must meet them for the promised blessing to come. But that does not mean that we are left to ourselves to meet the conditions or that our action is first and decisive.

Here is one example to show what I mean.

In Jeremiah 29:13 God says to the exiles in Babylon, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” So there is a condition: When you seek me with all your heart, then you will find me. So we must seek the Lord. That is the condition of finding him.

True.

But does that mean that we are left to ourselves to seek the Lord? Does it mean that our action of seeking him is first and decisive? Does it mean that God only acts after our seeking?

No….

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"Soli Deo Gloria" through the work of "Solus Christus" given to me by "Soli Gratia" received by "Soli Fide," as taught by "Sola Scriptura." View all posts by mchilders

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