Do You Still Wonder At The Bible? (2 part article by John Piper)
Let’s set the stage with John 14:25–26: “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Jesus, in those two verses, is answering the question, How shall there now be foundational documents for the church, like the Old Testament had its foundational documents? How shall there now be foundational — enduring over hundreds of years — documents that are rock-solid, reliable for us to stand on? How can that be? Jesus is going away. He won’t be talking anymore. It’s his word that’s been the key to everything. We don’t understand anything unless Jesus talks to us and explains things to us. He’s leaving and we’re not there yet. We’re asking stupid questions — even now. What are we going to do? Do you expect us to lead a world movement and build the church when we can’t even understand what’s happening tonight?
“Be amazed that you have a Bible. Be amazed that you have the word of God.”
And Jesus’s answer is, “I’m not going to leave you without help. I’m going to send the Holy Spirit. He’s coming in my name. I understand you don’t have any video recorders, and you don’t have any stenographers. Nobody’s sitting with a pen and pad at the Lord’s Supper, and you don’t have any tape machines or iPhones with little record buttons. I understand that, and I’m going to come by the Spirit, and I’m going to cause you to remember everything you need to remember — everything I want the church to know. And I’m going to teach you the meaning of all those things so that you can give a true rendering of what you remember. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Jesus is doing here for the New Testament what Paul did in 2 Timothy 3:16–17for the Old Testament. We know in the context it’s Old Testament Scripture. The New Testament hasn’t been written yet. So all the writings — all the Old Testament — “is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
So this massive apostolic statement is saying just what Jesus said about the Old Testament: It’s God-breathed. That’s why we can stand on it. That’s why it has endured. That’s why the Jewish people have become the seed for Christ. (con’t tomorrow 😊)