John Piper, the founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, has released his new book Providence (Crossway Books) on March 2. In the book, Piper takes us on a tour across the Bible---from Genesis to Revelation-- in order to discover the all-encompassing reality of God's purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history.
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Here are 10 of our favorite quotes from this mammoth book on the providence of God:
"In exalting himself--that is, in upholding and communicating his glory---God aims to give enjoyment to all who will have him as their supreme treasure" (p. 55).
"The glory of this grace is seen not only in the actual beauty of Christ and his atoning work on the cross, but also in the achievement of the blood-bought work of the Holy Spirit in transforming ransomed sinners into the image of Christ" (p. 65).
"Every time his name appears---all 6,800 times---he means to remind us of his utterly unique being" (p. 90).
"The glory of God's name is his power and wisdom and justice and mercy to bring a people from bondage to bounty. His aim is that people see this glory and worship with gladness" (p. 103).
"In other words, God's plan in the new covenant is to achieve what he has been pursuing in creeation and redemption from the beginning, namely, to communicate his glory in such a way that it is exalted in the way his peopleenjoy and reflect his excellence" (p. 159).
"The display of the glory of God's grace, especially in the suffering of the Beloved, echoing in the all-satisgying praises of the redeemed, is the goal of creation and the ultimate aim of all God's work of providence" (p. 175).
"Divine providence is never frustrated by Satan in its plan for the world---for the everlasting good of God's people in the all-satisfying praises of the glory of grace" (p. 260).
"This has often been paraphrased as `I am immortal till Christ's work for me to do is done.' This is profoundly true" (p. 377).
"The fruit-bearing connection between faith and love reveals and confirms the invisible reality of saving faith" (p. 646).
"As in the case of prayer, the unthwartable providence of God is not a problem for evangelism and missions: it is their only hope of success" (p. 710).