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John Piper – You Have An Amazing Conversion Story

16 Nov

I don’t remember being converted at age six at my mother’s side in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (as my father reminds me). All I remember is believing. I’ve always believed as far as I can remember. I’m sure that’s not true because we come into the world bent out of shape by sin, but whatever God did in my life to make me a believer He did so early that I don’t remember it happening. A lot of you are in that position and you sort of regret it because you don’t have any stunning testimonies to tell about how you were saved. However, I learned what happened to me from Romans. I’ll tell you what happened to me. I don’t need to remember, I know from the Bible what happened to me. And as I say what happened to me, would those of you who wonder if it’s happened to you listen carefully? There are four things: 1) “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (3:23); 2) “the wages of sin is death” (6:23); 3) “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8); therefore, 4) “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (10:9). Even though I don’t remember what happened to me, I know what happened to me, from the book of Romans. The book of Romans interprets life, life that you don’t even know about, you read about in the book of Romans. Which of us, who has tasted the goodness and glory of God in this great gospel, does not count the book of Romans precious beyond reckoning?

~John Piper~

The Author of the Greatest Book Ever Written (Minneapolis, MN: Desiring God, 1998), A Sermon on Romans 1:1.

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Gerald Bray – The Truth Has Found Us

9 Oct

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus remains a model for Christians, because although most of us have not had an experience of God as dramatic as his, we can see in it a pattern of knowing God that is as true for us as it was for him. It does not matter what we were in the past—whether we were looking for truth, indifferent to it, or confident that we knew it already. What matters is that now we have found the truth, not because we have stumbled across it or worked our way into it, but because the Truth has found us and made us over into new men and women. As Saul (also known as Paul) was to say in his letter to the Galatians, “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.”8 The words in italics say it all. The man who told his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,”9 had met Saul on the road to Damascus, because he loved him. Jesus had given himself up to death so that Saul could live a new life in union with him. When he fell to the ground, Saul died to his old self, and when he got up again it was as if he had been raised from the dead. Everything that followed was an explanation of that experience, a working out of what it meant for his life and for the life of the world.

~Gerald Bray~

God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2012) p. 21

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CJ Mahaney – The Incredible Miracle

5 Jul


Do you continue to find your salvation an incredible miracle as you recall the judgment you genuinely deserve?

~CJ Mahaney~

Living the Cross Centered Life (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah; 2006) p. 20.

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John Piper – The Creation of a Christian Hedonist

1 Jun

In conversion we find the hidden Treasure of the kingdom of God. We venture all on it. And year after year in the struggles of life, we prove the value of the treasure again and again, and we discover depths of riches we had never known. And so the joy of faith grows. When Christ calls us to a new act of obedience that will cost us some temporal pleasure, we call to mind the surpassing value of following Him, and by faith in His proven worth, we forsake the worldly pleasure. The result? More joy! More faith! Deeper than before. And so we go on from joy to joy and faith to faith.

Behind the repentance that turns away from sin, and behind the faith that embraces Christ, is the birth of a new taste, a new longing, a new passion for the pleasure of God’s presence. This is the root of conversion. This is the creation of a Christian Hedonist.

~John Piper~

Desiring God (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 74.

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Kevin Deyoung – How Can We be Counted Righteous?

30 May

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV). The parallelism in this passage does not work unless there is a double imputation. Just as God reckoned the sinless Christ as a sinner by imputing to Him our sin, so God reckons us righteous in Christ because the sinlessness of the Lord Jesus has been imputed to us. Jesus was not punished because He actually possessed sin in Himself, just as we are not justified because we actually possess righteousness in ourselves. Rather, both things happen by imputation. Imputation means instead of holding $500 in your hand, someone else wires it to your account. The money is not actually in your physical possession, but it is legally and truthfully considered to be yours. This is what imputation is all about, God counting to us a perfect life of obedience richer than we’ve ever lived. Thus He grants us a perfect righteousness we have no chance to ever achieve.

~Kevin DeYoung~

The Good News We Almost Forgot (Chicago, IL; Moody Publishers; 2010) p.109

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