ACCESS: This video is in English with the addition of American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and English captions. You can find the original video HERE.

John Piper will attempt to answer these questions:

  1. What do we mean by the word “meaning”?

  2. How do we use the word “meaning” in these LABS?

  3. Specifically, what is the “meaning” of a written text?

Answer: The meaning of a text is what the author intended to communicate by his words.

Reason #1: The Bible assumes it. The Bible assumes that we are thinking of the “meaning” of texts as what the author intended to communicate.


Scripture References
1 Corinthians 5:9-11, John 21:20-23, John 11:11-14


John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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