A reward for thinkers


Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
2 Timothy 2:7 ESV

John Piper, in “Brothers, Let Us Query the Text”—

In 2 Timothy 2:7 Paul gave us a command and a promise.

  • He commanded, “Think over what I say.”
  • And he promised, “God will give you understanding in everything.”

How do the command and promise fit together? The little “for” (gar) gives the answer. “Think . . . because God will reward you with understanding.”

The promise is not made to all. It is made to those who think. And we do not think until we are confronted with a problem. Therefore, brothers, let us query the text.

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2 thoughts on “A reward for thinkers

  1. Oh yes! Christians need to get passed the spoon fed phase! And HOW we think, the quality of our thinking process and thinking discipline are also part of that. Thanks for a thoughtful post (puns are good too!)

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