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John Piper – Battling Unbelief With the Superior Promises of God

23 Apr

“Battling unbelief,” is another way of saying, “Living by faith in future grace.” The “unbelief” that I have in mind is the failure to trust the promises of God that sustain our radical obedience in the future. These promises refer to what God plans to do for us in the future, and that is what I mean by future grace. It is grace, because it is good for us and totally undeserved. And it is future in that it hasn’t happened to us yet but may in the next five seconds or the next five thousand years.

For the Christian the promises of God are spectacular. They relate to our immediate future, before this minute is over, and our eternal future…

The ultimate gift at the end of them all is God himself… The final, best, highest, most satisfying gift of future grace is seeing and savoring God himself.

~John Piper~




Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin With Superior Pleasure (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2007) p. 14-15.

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John Piper – Past Grace as the Foundation of Future Grace

10 Apr

The uniqueness of the past grace of the gospel events.. have a unique role in showing us the love of God in our present experience. All past grace reminds us of the love of God (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31). But the death of Christ is in a class by itself in showing the love of God to our souls. We see this in Romans 5:8, “God shows [present tense] his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died [past tense] for us.” God goes on showing his love for us now in the ever-present instant of experience by directing our minds to the past fact that “Christ died for us.” In this way, God’s loving willingness to fulfill all his promises for us is made present and powerful, so that our faith in future grace is continually founded on the unique work of past grace in the gospel events.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 13.

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John Piper – Gratitude and Future Grace

7 Mar

Gratitude exults in the past benefits of God and says to faith, “Embrace more of these benefits for the future, so that my happy work of looking back on God’s deliverance may continue.”

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 28.

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John Piper – A Prayer for Your Joy

4 Mar

I pray that you will hear and follow the call to find your joy in all that God promises to be for you in Jesus. And I pray that the expulsive power of this new affection will go on freeing you from the fleeting pleasures of sin and empower you for a life of sacrificial love.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 15.

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John Piper – What Does Faith in Future Grace Mean?

15 Jan

By future I do not merely mean the grace of heaven and the age to come. I mean the grace that begins now, this very second, and sustains your life to the end of this paragraph. By grace I do not merely mean the pardon of God in passing over your sins, but also the power and beauty of God to keep you from sinning. By faith I do not merely mean the confidence that Jesus died for your sins, but also the confidence that God will “also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32).

This book is based on the conviction that faith has a profound and pervasive future orientation. To be sure, faith can look back and believe a truth about the past (like the truth that Christ died for our sins). It can look out and trust a person (like the personal receiving of Jesus Christ). And it can look forward and be assured about a promise (like, “I will be with you to the end of the age”).

But even when faith embraces a past reality, its saving essence includes the embrace of the implications of that reality for the present and the future.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 5.

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John Piper – The Breaker of Sin’s Power

28 Dec

Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God. No one sins out of duty. We sin because it holds out some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us until we believe that God is more to be desired than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Which means that the power of sin’s promise is broken by the power of God’s. All that God promises to be for us in Jesus stands over against what sin promises to be for us without him.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. 1.

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John Piper – The Capstone of the Glory of Jesus

19 Dec

The Christ we see and savor now and forever is the crucified and risen Christ. That is, the Son of God, whose glory will satisfy our admiring hearts for all eternity, will be forever worshiped and enjoyed as the Lamb who was slain. This is part of his great worthiness. The song will forever be: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Future grace always includes seeing and savoring not only God himself, and Christ himself, but Christ slain for the ransoming of all his elect. This is the capstone of the glory Jesus prayed that we would someday see face to face: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory” (John 17:24). This is the apex of future grace.

~John Piper~




Future Grace (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2011) p. XIII.

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