The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together — John Piper

The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together — John Piper



I invite you to turn with me to the Gospel of Mark chapter 8 we're gonna read verses 31 to 38 mark chapter 8 I hope you will be looking at a Bible either on your device or in a book like this it really matters that you're looking with me mark 8 31 Jesus began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes and be killed and after three days rise again and he said plainly he said this plainly and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him but turning seeing his disciples Jesus rebuked Peter and said get behind me Satan for you are not setting your mind on the things of God but on the things of man and calling the crowd to him with his disciples he said to them if anyone would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me for whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul for what can a man give in return for his soul for whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation of him will the son of man also be a shame when he comes in the glory of his father with the Holy Angels father I ask now that Christ would stand forth from his word with such truth and clarity and value that all this world's possessions and all this world's praise would for every heart in this room be as nothing in comparison with him and ask this in Jesus name Amen the main point of verses 31 to 33 the first paragraph the main point is that God planned and prophesied and performed the sufferings the rejection the killing and the raising of the son of man and therefore to resist that is to take the place of Satan or fallen man which are the same in this text here's another way to put it verses 31 to 33 reveal to us the relationship between God and the murder of the son of man and that relationship is that God planned it prophesied it performed it so that it is not random it is the gospel now let's see whether that is so that's the summary of the first paragraph verse 31 the Son of Man must and that's the decisive word the Son of man must suffer many things must be rejected by the elders chief priests and scribes must be killed and after three days rise again be raised be killed and after three days rise again so this four things have to happen not might happen not should happen not even will happen but must happen there's a necessity here of some kind for things must happen he must suffer he must be rejected he must be killed and he must be raised verse 32 jesus said this plainly so that when Peter rebukes him for saying it we know it's not because Jesus was unclear with clear plain words ringing in his ears Peter it says took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him now what had he said that could possibly bring forth a rebuke he have said his suffering his rejection his murder and his resurrection must take place they must and Peter considers that worthy of a rebuke notice it does not say Peter was frightened and urged Jesus to hide it doesn't say that he was compassionate or empathetic with Jesus suffering he wasn't just the opposite he wasn't empathetic he was disapproving that's what rebukes are they're not just disagreeing rebukes are that's wrong he accused Jesus of saying something wrong what he only said one thing this has to happen Jesus with all due respect your suffering your rejection your getting killed and whatever this is your arising does not have to happen and I rebuke you to which Jesus now responds with his own rebuke same word in Greek rebuke rebuke verse 33 turning and seeing his disciples he rebuked Peter and said get behind me Satan you are not setting your mind on the things of God during the things of you'd expect him to say Satan he doesn't he says man there's the same fallen man and Satan same mindset Peter you are not seeing the necessity of my sufferings the way God does you don't like the language of necessity when it comes to suffering and killing you don't like me to say my murder must take place you would like to counsel me even rebuked me that this is not the way God thinks this is not the way God acts well Peter my friend you are wrong and I rebuke you Satan doesn't like it either Peter and without knowing it you've become his mouthpiece when I say something must take place Satan hears the implication he's not in charge I am God is and he knows his days are numbered necessarily numbered and Peter the whole human race thinks like this they don't like it when I talk this way and that's why I said you're talking like Satan and you're talking like man fallen human beings don't like it when I use the word must for suffering and must for rejection and must for murder and must for being raised so what is it that Peter and Satan and the human race are so opposed to that they would even rebuke the son of man what's behind this must this incontrovertible necessity that brings down the rebuke against the son of man why why must he suffer why must he be rejected why must he be killed by lawless men why must he rise again and there are numerous right answers to that question and I'm gonna give you four number one the son of man must suffer must be rejected must be killed and must rise again because it is written and the Scriptures cannot cannot be broken the son of man must suffer many things because in Isaiah 53 sorrows grief anguish his soul are prophesied of him he must be mocked and insulted because it's written in Psalm 22 he must suffer betrayal because it is written in psalm 41 he must be spit on and struck in the face because it is written in Isaiah 50 the script of the sufferings of Jesus in the first century was written centuries earlier and the Scriptures cannot be broken they must be fulfilled or he must be rejected have you not read the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone it must be he must be killed don't you read in Isaiah 53 lamb led to the slaughter cut off out of the land of the living offering as a guilt offering will be poured out unto death made his grave with the wicked it must come to pass he must be killed and he must be raised have you not read the rest of Isaiah 53 he shall prolong his days the will of his Lord shall prosper in his hands out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied he must suffer he must be rejected he must be killed he must be raised it is written and the Scriptures cannot be broken that's answer number one answer number two the Son of man must suffer must be rejected must be killed must be raised because God not only predicts but performs his word the prophecy we'll come to past not because God has a crystal ball and is a good Zeus Slayer they will come to pass for this reason Jeremiah 1:12 I am watching over my word to perform it God doesn't predict what others will do merely he announces what he intends to do through others I am watching over my word to perform it I am God I'm not a fortune-teller I am God and there is none like me declaring the end from the beginning and saying my counsel shall stand and then the next phrase I will accomplish all my purpose I don't wait to see if it's gonna happen I do it I said it I do it that's why I use the word perform he performed it he didn't just predict it that's the second reason why it must happen here's the third reason the son of man must suffer and be rejected and killed and rise again because it was planned from before the foundation of the world by God it was written it was performed it was planned God is infinitely wise he does nothing whimsically nothing randomly everything is according to wisdom in wisdom he has made the earth in wisdom he does all his work so the depth of the wisdom and the knowledge of God how unsearchable are his ways they're all done in wisdom because they accord with an infinitely wise plan which has made explicit in relationship to the suffering and the rejection and the death of Jesus in acts 4:27 truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed both herod pontius pilate along with the gentiles the peoples of israel to do whatever your hand and your plan predestined to take place so the four perpetrators of all of Jesus suffering Herod Pilate the mobs and soldiers those four perpetrators were acting according to God's plan they did according to God's plan that's why the sufferings the rejection the murder and the resurrection must take place they were planned they were prophesied they were performed one more reason why they must take place the son of man must suffer must be rejected must be killed not just die be killed and must rise because that plan is put in place for an ultimate and infallible final purpose seasons 1:11 God works all things according to the counsel of his will so that we might exist to the praise of his glory or to be more specific in verse 6 of Ephesians 1 he chose us before the foundation of the world for adoption through Christ unto sister purpose unto the praise of the glory of His grace Jesus doesn't say it here in mark 8 but he will make it plain two chapters later in mark 10:45 that the sufferings the rejection and the killing of the Son of Man this giving of his life is as a ransom for many remember that verse mark 10:45 the Son of man didn't come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many so the sufferings the rejection and the death of Jesus in mark 8 31 are clarified in 10:45 as a ransom and when that ransom is paid for many it says grace flows to that many the forgiveness of their sins their liberation from every manner of bondage is paid and so great grace is unleashed so all these events the suffering the rejection the death of Jesus are the unleashing of the final purpose of God the mercies and the grace shown to sinners for their liberation now something has been happening in the last 50 years that's amazing in the world in relation to this text the Gospel Coalition for example has come into existence along with hundreds and hundreds I first wrote thousands but thought I'd stay with hundreds just because I could probably find them I think it's probably thousands but hundreds and hundreds of ministries churches schools mission agencies publishing houses websites spiritual movements in dozens of countries around the world millions of people have been waking up to the beautiful interweaving of the sovereignty of God with the gospel more and more people are coming to see and cherish that the ultimate control of God over all things is different than they thought it was millions of people are discovering that the sovereignty of God is not peripheral it's not troublesome it's not academic for debate argument it is a glorious divine reality and is the very stitching that holds the gospel together when Jesus says verse 31 the Son of man must suffer must be rejected must be killed must rise because God has spoken God performs his word God has planned this for an invincible purpose he is saying there is no gospel apart from the sovereignty of God the all-controlling sovereignty of God there isn't it doesn't exist let's be more specific the sovereign control of God over the innocent suffering of Christ the sovereign control of God over the sinful rejection of Christ the sovereign control of God over the wicked murder of the Son of Man without those sovereign acts over that suffering that rejection that death there would be no gospel it would be random random death saves nobody unplanned unprecedent on purpose suffering rejection murder saves nobody they save precisely to the degree that they are woven together by God it's his work for us and he sought to it at every level in every my new detail that it would be successful no gospel without the sovereignty of God and I'm not saying that there are not people who make the effort to disconnect the all-controlling sovereignty of God from the innocent suffering the sinful rejection the wicked murder of Jesus there are millions of them laypeople pastors seminary teachers who make the effort to disconnect the all-controlling sovereignty of God from the gospel not saying they don't exist I'm saying that in the last 50 years millions of people around the world are seeing that that effort is futile unbiblical undesirable it is a rending of the precious fabric of the gospel because they see over and over again in Scripture the sovereignty of God is the stitching that holds the gospel together they see a beautiful interweaving of the gospel of Christ with the sovereignty of God they read mark 831 the man must suffer many things and be rejected and must be killed and must rise again and without any long exegesis without any long exegesis millions are seeing it but you see it must suffer must be rejected must be murdered by lawless men and they find themselves worshiping singing they say this was your son this is your son this was your plan this is your work this was your hand innocent suffering your hand sinful rejection your hand wicked murder for me from my forgiveness from my everlasting happiness the greatest gift at the greatest cost to the least deserving and millions of people find themselves bowing down and saying I love you I love you that's what's happening you know debates being won God is opening eyes to the stitching so the reality of the sovereignty of God has been sweetened in the minds of millions sweetened to sweet thing as they come to see it is the golden stitching that holds the fabric of the gospel together so I am saying that the events of verse 31 woven together by the sovereign must are the gospel the innocent suffering of the son of man is being rejected he's being killed is rising from the grave our the plan the prophecy the performance the purpose of the sovereign creator of the universe now you you should ask do you think that you are in tune now with with Marx inspired intention when you call verse 31 and those events under God's sovereign King the gospel what say yes I think I'm in tune with his intention for three reasons number one two chapters later as we said in verse 1045 chapter 10 verse 45 Jesus describes this self giving as ransom the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many so the design of the divine must of the death of Jesus is that it be a ransom for many that many be paid for that many be set free this is what the suffering the rejection the death are that's what they accomplish they accomplish a ransom a ransom has been paid finally decisively and that's why I'm calling it gospel it's the second reason because this death suffering rejection in verse 31 is also referred to in chapter 14 verse 24 like this at the Last Supper Jesus says this is my blood of the Covenant which is poured out for many so the suffering the rejection and then the bloodletting of Jesus unto death is the purchase securing guaranteeing obtaining of the New Covenant this is this blood is the Covenant well what was promised in the Covenant two things jeremiah 31:33 this is the covenant declares the lord i will put my law within them I will write it on their hearts and I will forgive their iniquity and we'll remember remember their sins no more so new heart forgiveness of sins is secured by the suffering the rejection and the death of Jesus gospel that's the gospel that's the good news the New Covenant has been purchased by these Vince and here's the third reason why I think we're in tune with mark and Jesus when we call it gospel in verse 31 because Jesus himself uses the word gospel in verse 35 for whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it putting a name on that news from verse 31 so I conclude here in mark 8 that the gospel is this the gospel is the good news that the sovereign all-controlling creator and judge of the universe orchestrated the payment of a ransom the payment of a ransom in the suffering and rejection and death of the Son of man to set many people free from the divine curse of Unforgiven sin and to bring them into resurrection life that's the heart of the gospel and it causes us now to cry out what must I do to be included in the ransom that you paid for me what must I do how do I get into verse 31 how do I get through the sufferings the rejection the death hid to the resurrection forever how do i I want to be included in this news what do i how do I get in and that's the question that Jesus answers in verses 34 to 38 and he answers it not just the disciples he turns to the crowds to answer it for them and does his kind of evangelism let's read it calling the crowd to him with his disciples he said to them if anyone would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me for whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it for what does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and forfeit his soul for what can a man give in return for his soul whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation of him will the son of man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his father and with the Holy Angels so what's his answer to the question what must I do to be included in the gospel of verse 31 now we could go back to chapter 1 verse 15 and read this the time is fulfilled the kingdom of God is at hand repent and believe the gospel and there you'd have your your short answer wouldn't you repent and believe the gospel you're in repent and believe the gospel I could do that and surely in our evangelism we should say that we should say that repent and believe the good news give the best news you got it's the best news in the world in verse 31 and then say turn from the old ways of unbelief and believe the news or you could just join Paul and Silas and response to the jailer what must I do to be saved and they said please believe on the Lord Jesus and you'll be saved you'd be in the gospel you'll be in the ransom you'll make it through the suffering rejection and death into the resurrection life you'll be with him all the way you're in please say that that be true the challenge is that Zen and now people just don't fill up the word believe not even if you put the word repent in front of it which is often confusing to them they just don't fill up the word believe with the meaning Jesus intense where I asked you wherever you come from where in this world would people pour into the word believe all that Jesus requires us to experience in believing my understanding of verses 34 to 38 is that Jesus is answering the question what must I do to be included in the Gospel of verse 31 not by replacing belief but by revealing its essence that's a huge claim you need to test it let me say it again verses 34 to 38 are not intended to add to the requirement of belief in the gospel as a way of being included in the gospel but to reveal the heart or the essence of what belief is okay got our work cut out for us verse 34 the calling of the and calling the crowd to him and with his disciples he said to them if anyone would come after me that early follow and the ESV doesn't want to say the word follow twice I think it sounds funny but if anyone would would follow me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me then I think the repetition is intended to say this if you want to follow me there are two things involved in following me namely the yourself and take up your cross that's the point of the sandwiching them with follow deny yourself take up your cross that's the way you follow me so you want to get with me on the road that leads through suffering into rejection into death and into everlasting life with me you can get rid of that road and go with me all the way forever this is how you do deny yourself take up your cross in other words a new self must come into being so that there is a denying self and he denied self and Jesus says take up your cross because the denied self must be crucified a crucified self there's a self that must die and be reckoned dead by denial and denying you you're dead that's the first part of his answer how to be included in verse 31 experience the miracle of a new self coming into being that looks at the old self and says no you're dead now at the end of verse 34 we haven't told anything about what's good or bad about these two selves this one was God to do some denying the other one's gotta be denied and one of them's dead gonna be dead gonna be crucified what that doesn't help get to heaven that's why he didn't stop talking at the end of verse 34 verse 35 is the most important verse in this paragraph because it defines the two selves it's read it whoever would save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel or I like to just say on account of me I just want to hear that word me it's just so there it's there on account of me me on account of me Jesus and the gospel will save it now that's a description of two selves in verse 34 one self aims to save its life in this world aims to maximize all that this world can give loves this world that's the self that must be and I kill crucify the other self at the end of verse 35 second half of verse 35 experiences Jesus right on account of me experiences Jesus and His gospel on account of me and the gospel this self experiences Jesus and the gospel as more valuable more love more satisfying than anything this world can give including life itself so the first self Jesus says is going to be lost forever whoever would save his life will lose it and the second self is gonna live forever whoever loses his life for me for me cuz you fall in love with me you've seen me you love me you're satisfied with me your treasuring me of everything to you you live forever you're on the road and you stay on it through death and resurrection and we live together forever so don't miss I mean I've stressed it but don't miss the implication the beautiful implication of the words on account of me and the gospel because that's the key and that's the key an old paragraph 34 to 38 he doesn't say just on account of me without reference to how you see me in the gospel he doesn't say just on account of the gospel it's on account of me as you taste me in the gospel on account of me as you see me suffer II see me being rejected see me being killed see me rising from the dead you seeing it you seeing it right you're seeing it in the gospel you're tasting the goodness of God in the gospel and on account of that you're new you're a new human being I mean wake up that you didn't do that yesterday everything was more important than me yesterday this is new this is a miracle this is called the new birth a new self is coming to being Christ is precious beautiful glorious satisfying infinitely valuable more valuable than anything else it's the new man talking that's the miracle that's how you get in it happens to you Jesus is experienced in the gospel are so great so beautiful so valuable that you're willing to lose everything in the world including your life in order to live forever so if you want to be his disciple you want to be included in the ransom included in the resurrection that's what has to happen to you verses 36 to 38 what do they do what do they add here's what they do they clarify and it would be good to linger here as to why he would choose to say it with regard to his particular listeners but we'll just do it for ourselves because we're all like them enough for that it's relevant for us he's going to clarify how Christ and the gospel become more precious in relation to the possessions that we could get in the world and in relation to the praise that we could receive from the world the first one is verses 36 and 37 possessions the second one is verse 38 praise so that's what we'll do now is that true let's see if that's so verse 36 what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul for what can a man give in return for soul this is about possessions it's about stuff money houses books computers land businesses suppose your heart considers the worth of Jesus and considers the worth of possessions the gladness you could have in Jesus the gladness you could have in possessions and suppose your heart is drawn to prefer possessions which is what is happening to billions of people suppose your heart is drawn to prefer the worth of possessions and you turn away from Jesus and you embrace as superior to Jesus all that earthly possessions can give you and suppose you succeed all your life you succeed nothing but success and by the end of your life suppose you own everything the world everything not just Apple and Google Mobil Oil all of it yours you call all the shots you own them all that's what he envisages right verse 36 gain the whole world and then you die and instantly you realize it was suicide it was eternal suicide and suppose facing Jesus you say I'll give you everything I'll give you everything I have I don't at all I'll give you everything the whole world in return for my soul what do you think he will say I think he will say this you would try to buy your soul with the very possessions that destroyed your soul the very possessions that you preferred over me Christ replacing Christ belittling idols have no currency in heaven and he will face away and you perish forever what you just tried to do with your money that ransom for the many for the elect of God the ransom is paid and you preferred not to be a part of it you preferred not to be with Jesus you preferred to make crystal clear you were not elect that's what you meant to do you're gonna go with the alternative treasure oh don't do that that's verses 36 and 37 and the intention is to clarify how the me and my gospel of verse 35 is more precious than things do you feel freedom welling up in your heart right now I do I mean there are temptations at 73 with stuff I love this text I need all the help I can get to be free right you do too free free free from the main idols in the world possessions and praise let's look at praise verse 38 for whoever is ashamed of me and my words and notice again me me my words verse 35 said me and the gospel here it's me and my words whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his father with the Holy Angels so Jesus is making clear there are two audiences for our lives number one this adulterous and sinful generation adulterous not mainly because they sleep around but because they find more pleasure in God's creation than in God and thus they committed adultery against God which is the essence of sin adulterous and sinful generation the other audience is three the coming of the son of man or the son of man at his coming his glorious father and millions I'm going to say millions from Daniel seven millions of holy angels that's a lot of glorious beings to smile at you or turn away and the question for us is whose approval do we crave most whose praise are you most desperate not to lose in whose presence do you fear most being shamed which relationship is most precious to you which brings us back now to verse 35 whoever would save his life will lose it that is whoever lives to save his reputation to avoid shame to save his acceptance with the people that matter to him namely an adulterous and sinful generation which points out the inanity of it all will lose his respectable in popular life the son of man the son of man the all-glorious father the millions of holy Jules will in one terrifying moment turned their face away in eternal shame if you have tried to save save my reputation I gotta save my acceptance I gotta save how cool I am in the lives of everybody you're gonna die in millions of angels the nobles creatures in the universe under God will turn their face away but the second half of verse 35 whoever loses his life on account of me and the Gospels will save it in other words whoever experiences me and my suffering and my rejection my death my shameful crucifixion my resurrection whoever experiences all that is more precious than the respectability of popularity more precious and being accepted being admired by a adulterous and sinful generation you can live forever under the smile of the Son of Man and his father and millions of angels so here's the sum of the matter mark 831 to 38 his first news the greatest news in the world verse 31 the Son of man must suffer many things he must be rejected he must be killed and he must rise again the merciful sovereign all controlling God planned it prophesied it performed it suffering rejection death resurrection of the Son of Man and therefore it's not random its gospel its it's grace the way in to the gospel so that you not only experience the suffering the rejection the death but the Resurrection unto eternal joy with Jesus the way into that is to experience the birth of a new self a self that looks at the suffering the rejection the killing the rising of Jesus and then looks at possessions and looks at praise and says possession loving self praise loving self I deny you I kill you I reckon you dead you have no dominion in my life that's a new man that's a miracle of salvation and if it cost me my life to deny you you possession loving self you praise loving self if it costs me my life to deny you I die gladly to be with Jesus forever that's the point of this text that's the way in very few people fill up the word believe when you say believe that way so we've got our work cut out for us in evangelism I close with five applications for your evangelism in view of what we've seen number one tell unbelievers the news first foreground the news make the news prominent the world doesn't know the news they know they think they know lots of the requirements South you know we heard this but any to get the news so foreground the news God planned God prophesied God performed a ransom for sinners Jesus embraced the plan became the performance suffered rejected murdered raised knowingly intentionally obediently triumphantly make the objective facts of the glorious Jesus exalting news clear there's no other way that the next steps of the gospel can happen if they don't know the news because it's in the news that they see him as they gotta fall in love with him to be in so number two so first tell the news make the news clear number two urge them to look at Jesus in the news look at Jesus look at him suffering look at him being rejected look at him dying look at him rising look look look what do you see what do you see that's what you do you urge you plead don't you see this it's the greatest person who ever was this is beauty this is glory this is value this is everything don't you see number three warn them that to love this world to love its possessions and to love its praise more than they love Jesus will cost them their lives forever tell him that that's what Jesus does warn them that Jesus is coming back he's coming back and when he comes in the glory of the creator of the universe and with holy holy holy angels millions of them nothing you have ever owned no praise you have ever received will make up for any disapproval of Jesus you've ever shown your shame of Jesus will bring down shame on your head warn them warn them we need to warn people with tears eyeball-to-eyeball at a restaurant over the the table number four promise them in the name of Jesus that whatever must be denied in this life there's no comparison to the joy of being with Jesus on the calvary road and the glory that will be with Jesus after the Calvary Road and in the New World no comparison they need to be told that don't let them especially if they've grown up in church don't let them fasten on the word self-denial as if it meant there's no Christian self capable of unspeakable joy what a travesty in understanding the term self-denial right make it clear make it crystal clear from this text that the self that is to be denied is the self bent on suicide that's the only self to be denied the one that's bent on eternal suicide the one that's bent on the insane thought that owning the world is better than belonging to the son of man that's insane tell them that denying that self is wisdom wisdom joy everlasting hope make sure they know that the only self that's being denied is the self of utter foolishness of craving the approval of man over a million angels and the father and the son insane crazy folly don't get too loud in the restaurant but it is possible to help them see they'll never forget that conversation they won't ever forget it no don't don't let them fastened on to self-denial anything other than what Jesus means oh there is a self to be denied and what a joy killing self that is forever killing kill that self get up in the morning and say your dad go to bed at night say your dad now I won't have you killing my joy forever huh huh No so that's number four fill them with promises the bottom line in verse 35 was you will live lastly number five be like Jesus and be like Paul and make sure they know the people that you're evangelizing you're trying to make a disciple make sure they know from the start through many tribulations we must enter the King you will suffer in this life no sugar coated no bait-and-switch up front Jesus was up front all the time about suffering in the Christian life paul de sasha discipleship 101 in acts 14:22 through many tribulations you must enter the kingdom count the cost don't want you to get on the road and be surprised when the suffering comes it will come count the cost and then say this listen if the all governing all controlling sovereign merciful God was weaving a fabric of beauty and hope out of sufferings rejection murder and resurrection of the son of man if he was weaving stitching in His sovereignty stitching a fabric out of horrors and horrors and arms of sinful rejection and sinful murder a fabric of beauty and a fabric of Hope then don't you think that he can and will weave out of the torn pieces of your life and out of the tangle threads of your life a beautiful tapestry for his glory and then when you're done you pray you say can I pray – father perhaps right now I have done some evangelizing for some and I pray that they would see in the sufferings and the rejection and the death and the resurrection of Jesus a beauty and a glory and a value and a greatness that is so precious that it would be more precious to them than all the possessions they could have all the praise they could receive and they would find themselves saying I knew I knew the Word of God has brought before us I asked this in Jesus name

14 thoughts on “The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty: What Holds Our Gospel Together — John Piper

  1. John Piper preaches a false gospel of working for salvation but none of the fools following him know any better because they don't realize Jesus IS salvation and therefore doing good works for Jesus is the same as doing works for salvation. They assume they have "faith alone for salvation" but continue to offer their own works to God After salvation—therefore continuing to work for salvation under the mirage they are of "faith alone".

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  3. continuation :_
    Then people may ask ,, _" why Jesus s blood ? not of any ? "The true answer is _: All power is given unto Jesus, in heaven and in earth " _Matt , 28 :18,, including giving His life and take back again i,e power of resurrection,,, _John 10 : 18

  4. Moreover these 2 verses could dogmatize , the reason _why Jesus must had to go on the cross ,,,
    1 ) Hebrew 10 : 6
    'Jesus said to God The Father, _"In burnt offerings and sacrifice s for sin, Thou hast had no pleasure,,' 'Lo I come to do Thy will, O God ,' ( verse 7 ),

    2) Hebrews 2 :14

    That through death HE might destroy the devils power of death , '

    Thus, the two main reasons are,,' the will of God ' & ' to defeat devil , '

    As devil is the murder er, of the soul s of men,, & body , as he has the passion for blood,,,

  5. Psa 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
    Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
    Psa 107:3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

  6. Whoa … "satan, or, the son of man …". <<< in that context: no fine-line, no mincing of words, ALL are condemned without the blood of Christ Jesus.

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