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Just Quote’n – John Piper #7

Man-Centered humans are amazed that God should withhold life and joy from his creatures. But the God-centered Bible is amazed that God should withhold judgement from sinners.

-John Piper

This needs to sink in. Our paradigm is wrong. Somewhere along the line we have become convinced that we are entitled to the best life possible.

Just Quote’n – John Piper #6

We take a the mirror of God’s image, which was intended to reflect his glory in the world, and turn our backs to the light, and fall in love with the contours of our own dark shadow, trying desperately to convince ourselves (with technological advances or management skills or athletic prowess or academic achievements or sexual exploits or counterculture hair styles) that the dark shadow of the image on the ground in front of us is really glorious and satisfying.”

John Piper – Supremacy of God in Preaching

Advent: 22 December

Another longish Look at the book video by John Piper. As we near Christmas day Piper asks “Why Christmas?”

Advent: 10 December

Have you ever heard of Look at the book by John Piper? I really enjoy this style of teaching. This one is on ‘What child is this” which is very apt for the current season. It is longer than what we would normally post but worth it. Enjoy!

Just Quote’n – John Piper (5) in A hole in our holiness

Sometimes people are careless and speak disparagingly of all human righteousness, as if there were no such thing that pleased God. They often cite Isaiah 64:6 which says our righteousness is as filthy rags. It is true – gloriously true – that none of God’s people, before or after the cross, would be accepted by an immaculately holy God if the perfect righteousness of Christ were not imputed to us (Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 2:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). But that does not mean that God does not produce in those “justified” people (before and after the cross) an experiential righteousness that is not “filthy rags.” In fact, he does; and this righteousness is precious to God and is required, not as the ground of our justification (which is the righteousness of Christ only), but as an evidence of our being truly justified children of God.

-John Piper

What does Jesus want this Christmas?

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” – John 17:24

What does Jesus want this Christmas?

We can see the answer in his prayers. What does he ask God for? His longest prayer is John 17. The climax of his desire is in verse 24.

Among all the undeserving sinners in the world, there are those whom God has “given to Jesus.”

These are those whom God has drawn to the Son (John 6:44,64). These are Christians – people who have “received” Jesus as the crucified and risen Savior and Lord and Treasure of their lives (John 1:12;3:17;6:3510:11,17-18;20:28). Jesus says he wants them to be with him.

Sometimes we hear people say that God created man because he was lonely. So they say, “God created us so that we would be with him.” Does Jesus agree with this? Well, he does say that he really want us to be with him! Yes but why? Consider the rest of the verse. Why does Jesus want us to be with him?

“…to see my glory that you [Father] have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

That would be a strange way of expressing his loneliness. “I want them with me so they can see my glory.” In fact, it doesn’t expresses his concern for the satisfaction of our longing, not his loneliness.

Jesus is not lonely. He and the Father and the Spirit are profoundly satisfied in the fellowship of the Trinity. WE, no he, are starving for something. And what Jesus want for Christmas is for us to experience what we were really made for – seeing and savoring his glory.

Oh, that God would make this sink in to our souls!

Jesus made us (John 1:3) to see his glory.

Just before he goes to the cross he pleads his deepest desires with the Father: “Father, I desire [I desire!] that they … may be with me where I am, to see my glory.

But that is only half of what Jesus wants in these final, climatic verses of his prayer. I just said we were really made for seeing and savoring his glory. Is that what he wants – that we not only see his glory but savor it, relish it, delight in it, treasure it, love it?

Consider verse 26, the very last verse:

I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

That is the end of the prayer. What is Jesus’s final goal for us? Not that we simply see his glory, but that we love him with the same love that the Father has for him: “that the love with which you [Father] have loved me may be in them.”

Jesus’s longing and goal is that we see his glory and then that we be able to love what we see with the same love that the Father has for the Son. And he doesn’t mean that we merely imitate the love of the Father for the Son. He means the Father’s very love becomes our love for the Son. This is what the Spirit becomes and bestows in our lives:

Love for the Son by the Father through the Spirit.

What Jesus wants most for Christmas is that his elect be gathered in and then get what they want most – to see his glory and then savor it with the very savoring of the Father for the Son.

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John Piper on New Year’s Resolutions 2015

The below video is from Desiring God. I really enjoyed this form of teaching. Be blessed as you move forward into 2015;

At the beginning of another year, people will make new resolutions. But should Christians make these New Years commitments? In this lab, John Piper shows that resolutions can be deeply Christian and grace-filled.

Piper: “How do you make resolutions? By God’s grace. Through faith in God’s power. For God’s glory.”

Just Quote’n (Piper) #4

The below quote is from John Piper’s ‘Think’  book;

Divine wisdom begins consciously with God. (‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,” Ps. 111:10) , and is consciously sustained by God and has the glory of God as its conscious goal. Divine wisdom reached its climatic demonstration in the cross of Christ – because the cross was a way of salvation that humbles man and exalts the grace of God. When divine wisdom is revealed to humans in the death of Christ, its effect is to save us and humble us by doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

-John Piper

Just Quote’n (Piper) #3

The below quote is from John Piper’s ‘Think’  book’

We may say then that a fundamental difference between divine wisdom and human wisdom is that God’s wisdom exalts what the cross stand for and human wisdom is offended by what the cross stands for. What does it stand for? Read more…

Just Quote’n (Piper) #2

The below quote is from John Piper’s ’50 Reasons why Jesus came to die’  book you can download the full book here for free!

From the cross the Son of God cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And by means of the resurrection, God the Father cries, “It was finished indeed!”

-John Piper

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