JRF’s #22: Battling Unbelief by John Piper – 162 pages

Taken from the end of Piper’s longer classic, Future Grace, and supplemented with new material, Battling Unbelief applies the power of faith in future grace to the fight against sin in daily life.  Working of the proposition that, “unbelief in the promises of God (that is, future grace) is the root that sustains the life of these sins,” Piper looks at how the promises of God help us fight against anxiety, pride, misplaced shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, and lust.

In a time where (joyfully) the theology of the cross has been rediscovered and celebrated, this book is a helpful reminder that our only source of motivation to fight sin, is not just passively looking back to the cross with a debtors ethic, but actively looking forward to and striving towards the consummation of the promises that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection purchased for us.

I leave you with a few quotes:

“Boasting is the response of pride to success.  Self-pity is the response of pride to suffering.”

“The battle against bitterness is fought not only by trusting the promise of God to avenge wrongs done against us; it is also fought by cherishing the experience of being forgiven by God.”

“So I have learned again and again from firsthand experience that there are many professing Christians who have a view of salvation that disconnects it from real life, and that nullifies the threats of the Bible, and puts the sinning person who claims to be a Christian beyond the reach of biblical warnings.  I believe this view of the Christian life is comforting thousands who are on the broad way that leads to destruction (Matt 7:13).  Jesus said, if you don’t fight lust, you won’t go to heaven.  Not that saints always succeed.  The issue is that we resolve to fight, not that we succeed flawlessly.”

“There is no end to grace because there is no bottom to the well from which it comes.  I find it overwhelmingly amazing that God has raised us with Christ for the express purpose of lavishing on us the eternal riches of God’s grace.  Let this divine purpose sink into your heart:  ‘God raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6-7).  There are two astonishing things here.  One is that the purpose of our salvation is for God to lavish the riches of His grace on us.  The other is that it will take him forever to do it.  Forever – infinite futurity.”

 

 

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A broken sinner saved by the gracious work of Jesus Christ. Husband to the greatest woman of all time. Seriously. Father of 2-4 children (we're in the process of adoption). Navy chaplain. I enjoy surfing, SCUBA, basketball, and exploring. I also like to read and write and want to get better at both.

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