This short video from John Piper explains what he calls “The Golden Rule of Bible Reading”: Figure out what the original, divinely inspired author intended to communicate. Piper readily concedes that this rule is an attempt to define what “meaning” is, as in, “How do we decide the meaning of a passage of Scripture?” So he gives four reasons for this definition of “meaning.”
- The Bible assumes this definition of “meaning.”
- We should treat the biblical authors the way we wish they would treat us (Matt 7:12).
- Humility requires it of us.
- God’s authority over us requires it of us.
Piper’s challenge is one we would do well to heed. The video is well worth your time.