Why We Love the Doctrines of Grace by John Piper

For this entire week I’d like to focus on the theme of God’s saving grace.  I thought this little post by Pastor John Piper would be a great starting point for the week, God bless and enjoy…PS.

Originally Posted at Desiring God Blog

Why We Love the Doctrines of Grace
October 23, 2009  |  By: John Piper  |  Category: Commentary
Unconditional election delivers the harshest and the sweetest judgments to my soul.

That it is unconditional destroys all self-exaltation; and that it is election makes me his treasured possession.

This is one of the beauties of the biblical doctrines of grace: their worst devastations prepare us for their greatest delights.

What prigs we would become at the words, “The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6), if this election were in any way dependent on our will. But to protect us from pride, the Lord teaches us that we are unconditionally chosen (7:7-9). “He made a wretch his treasure,” as we so gladly sing.

Only the devastating freeness and unconditionality of electing grace lets us take and taste such gifts for our very own without the exaltation of self.

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