Phrase on John Piper's LAB
See LAB 144 here LAB Principle: Subordinating Relationship Sentences and paragraphs are filled with different parts (clauses, phrases, etc) connected by words called conjunctions ( and, so, because, for, therefore , etc). A subordinating relationship simply means that one piece of a sentence or paragraph supports the other in some way. The pieces are not on the same plane; one statement holds up the other. The main piece, or main point, is the one being held up by the lower, or subordinating piece. In This Lab Pastor John draws the logic of the passage out with a technique called leveling. Essentially, he is visually depicting the subordinate relationships: higher levels are supported by lower ones. Study Questions 1. What do you praise God most passionately for in your own life? What about this causes your heart to sing? I praise Him most passionately for His mercy and grace. Because these are what I need most in my life. 2. What does Paul praise God for in Romans 11:33–36 ? Paul praises God for the depth of riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. 3. In what ways are you not trusting God’s unsurpassed wisdom in your life? In what ways can you praise him afresh this week? When I first and foremost turn to my own thoughts, or turn to others first, rather than seek God for His ways in situations I face, I am not trusting God's great and inscrutable wisdom. I need to work at this and pray for this. I can praise Him afresh for His far, far superior wisdom and knowledge.
Phrase on John Piper's LAB
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
Level 1:Idea of the depth of God
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
Level 2:Result of the depth of God
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
Level 3: Why God is unsearchable #1
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
Level 4:Why God is unsearchable #2
To him be glory forever. Amen.
Level 5: Praise - the action that flows from truly knowing God's depth
Main point summary
The heart of a doxology
῏Ω βάθος πλούτου
Oh, the depth of the riches
and s wisdom
καὶ γνώσεως θεοῦ•
and knowledge of God!
ὡς ἀνεξεραύνητα* τὰ κρίματα αὐτοῦ
t How unsearchable* are his judgments
*Thayer's dictionary in Biblearc: "what cannot be searched into, inscrutable"
καὶ ἀνεξιχνίαστοι* αἱ ὁδοὶ αὐτοῦ.
and how inscrutable* his ways!
*Thayer's dictionary in Biblearc: "incomprehensible"
τίς γὰρ ἔγνω νοῦν κυρίου;
“For u who has known the mind of the Lord,
ἢ τίς σύμβουλος αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο;
or v who has been his counselor?”
ἢ τίς προέδωκεν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἀνταποδοθήσεται αὐτῷ;
“Or w who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
ὅτι ἐξ αὐτοῦ
For x from him
καὶ διʼ αὐτοῦ
and through him
καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν
and to him
are all things.
αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας,
y To him be glory forever.