John Piper – What will you do your last 2 days?

5PIPER12xx.jpgCloseness to God at the end of your life does not remove the need or the desire to read and be spiritually nourished.  2 Timothy 4:13 „When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.” Now, we do not know what these are. But, the scrolls and the parchments are both plural,  which suggests to me it’s more than the Bible, it could be his own notes, for all I know. He kept notes, and he wanted his notes. He could be working on messages or it could be Scripture, or it could be books about the Scripture, or things he’d written in his journal to help him understand the Scriptures. We don’t know. But, what we know is here’s a man, who is enjoying sweet, close, fellowship with Jesus- „The Lord stood by him- I’ve got the Lord standing by me, and my life is getting ready to be poured out as an offering. I’m not long for this world”.

Now, at that point I would be inclined to say, so what’s with the theological education? I mean you are gonna be known, even as you are known in about 2 weeks. (Speaking here about Pauls impending death). Why would you wanna read anything?  You’re going to see Him face to face. That’s what I would ask. Then I back up and I think a minute. That’s what you are supposed to do with a Bible, think about it- go over what I say Timothy, the Lord will give you  understanding,

What are you gonna do in your last two days?

Doctor says you got a week, maybe. You can call up your wife and you could say, „Would you get my copy of Edwards?” Yes, yes. You think I’m joking? Nobody, nobody on the planet gets you in touch with Jesus, outside the Bible, than Jonathan Edwards.  Yes, I wanna read a sermon from this man who has ministered to my soul like nobody’s ministered to my soul as I get ready to meet my Jesus. You pick your own favorite helper. My point is, it doesn’t follow to say, „Okay, in a few days, I’m gonna see him face to face, so I don’t need the book anymore. You do need the book. „The book” and books. You need them both, because those are the means by which you die well. They’re not superfluous. „Bring the books and bring the parchments. I have a few weeks left to live, and they help me die.

(Turning to the seminary students of SBC: You’re all in school, and that’s a good place to be for a season, and I hope you stay in love with God centered Bible saturated, Christ exalting literature ‘til you breathe your last.)

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