Thursday, August 8, 2013

Future Grace is Waiting

John Piper does an amazing job of showing his readers that grace is a lot more than having gotten something they don’t deserve. Grace is yesterday, today, and most of all tomorrow. Using his vast knowledge of scripture (in English, and apparently in the original languages also) Piper talks of God's promises as having come true even as they are still pending. Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God” (Colorado, Springs, CO, Multnomah Books, 2nd edition, 2012) points out again and again the depth of God's love as manifested throughout the Old and New Testaments, and how we are still waiting for those promises to be fulfilled in an eschatological sense.
This book is slightly easier to read than most textbooks, but there is so much information presented that there is absolutely no way it can be classified as popular press. Piper suggests that one of God's ‘most precious promises’ is found at Romans 8:32 (“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”) The book has many scripture references, with 60 of them coming from Romans chapter 8.
Insights such as shame being well-placed or misplaced not depending on how bad you look before men, but how much glory you bring to God, (p 132-133) or ministry being what all Christians do, (or should be doing), (p 287) or lust interfering with intimacy with God (p 388) or even the fact that persecution will be part of picking up the cross (p 346) jump and scream for the reader to ponder their significance.
If you’re looking for a light read to take to the beach, don’t bother with this book. If you want to be stretched, and come to know the God of love better than you may have imagined possible, grab this book as quickly as possible and plan on spending time devouring it: not gulping it down, but taking it in small bites, chewing, savoring, and pondering it.
The book is well thought out, well researched, and it is obvious that Piper is as scholar as well as a pastor
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for agreeing to write an honest review.


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