God: "This is What I Want . . . "
I was reading Pastor John Piper's November 3, 2002, sermon, The Absolute Sovereignty of God (which is part of his study of Romans), and I was struck with this thought:
In the study and pursuit of sound, Biblical doctrine, how often are we guilty of being, of doing, what John Piper said he felt the Lord telling him in 1979?
John Piper recounts that it was in 1979, when he began writing his book, The Justification of God: Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23, that his study of Romans 9 showed him "a God so majestic and so free and so absolutely sovereign that [his] analysis merged into worship," and he felt the Lord telling him,
- I will not simply be analyzed, I will be adored.
- I will not simply be pondered, I will be proclaimed.
- My sovereignty is not simply to be scrutinized, it is to be heralded.
- It is not grist for the mill of controversy, it is gospel for sinners who know that their only hope is the sovereign triumph of God’s grace over their rebellious will.