John Piper: Paul’s response in Galatians 3:15–18 is this: There are among men (v. 15) and between God and man unalterable pacts. God made one with Abraham and his offspring. The pact was that the inheritance of salvation would come, not to all Abraham’s descendants, but to the seed, which is ultimately the Christ, and … More God does not contradict his covenant
John Piper has this challenging word about the message of Galatians 3: Satan is continuously at work tempting us to think and feel that because we use God-talk, and come to church, and pray at meal times, and avoid gross sins, we are, therefore, under God’s blessing. But the book of Galatians concerns a group … More A spiritual continental divide
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” John Piper on Galatians 2:20: What does it mean to … More What does it mean to be crucified with Christ?
DAVID by John Piper December 18, 1983 In spring, the time of year when kings Go forth to war, and David sings Of conquest, and the lonely wives At dawn plead for the distant lives Of brown-eyed lovers under oath To Joab, it is known to both That front-line flesh is severed first And valiant … More “David” by John Piper
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 John Piper, in a sermon, “When Not To Believe an Angel” The most thrilling implication of verse 10 … More Only one person to please: Jesus Christ
The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1 (Jesus quotes this in Mark 12, which we read last week.) John Piper: Now add one more observation about the Psalms in general: The Psalms are inspired by God. They are not merely the word … More Jesus has implicit faith in the reliability of the Psalms.
John Piper, in a sermon, “Risk and the Cause of God,” Our text is 2 Samuel 10, especially verse 12. “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” The Amalekites had shamed the messengers of Israel … More May the Lord do what seems good to him.
2 Corinthians 12:14-15 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be spent for … More Seek not what is yours but you.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 John Piper, in a sermon, “Christ’s Power is Made Perfect in Weakness”- God’s design is to make you a showcase for Jesus’ power. But not necessarily the way the market demands: not by getting rid of all our weaknesses; … More A Showcase of Grace
John Piper: Psalm 106 is a summary of the history of Israel with a focus on her repeated sins and God’s repeated judgment and mercy. Psalm 106 is a picture of the Old Testament in miniature. It cries out for something more final, more lasting. The final verses (vv. 47-48) say, “Save us, O Lord … More Psalm 106 and the OT: It’s all pointing to Christ