The Glorious Incarnation ~ A Giving Love

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“That’s the kind of love the Father has. It is a giving love. It gives his most precious treasure—his Son. Meditate on that this Advent. It was a very costly love. A very powerful love. A very rugged, painful love. The meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this love. “God so loved . . .” And wonder of wonders, God gives this costly love to an undeserving world of sinners, like us.”

John PiperThe Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

#12 The Glorious Incarnation ~ Mission Of God

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 “Advent is a season for thinking about the mission of God to seek and to save lost people from the wrath to come. God raised him from the dead, “Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10). It’s a season for cherishing and worshiping this characteristic of God—that he is a searching and saving God, that he is a God on a mission, that he is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is never in the maintenance mode, coasting or drifting. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving. That’s the meaning of Advent.”

John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

The ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe!

John Piper

What makes sin sin is not first that it hurts people, but that it blasphemes God.
This is the ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe.

Sin is . . .

the glory of God not honored,

the holiness of God not reverenced,

the greatness of God not admired,

the power of God not praised,

the truth of God not sought,

the wisdom of God not esteemed,

the beauty of God not treasured,

the goodness of God not savored,

the faithfulness of God not trusted,

the commandments of God not obeyed,

the justice of God not respected,

the wrath of God not feared,

the grace of God not cherished,

the presence of God not prized,

the person of God not loved.

The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist (Romans 11:36)–who holds every person’s life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)–is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored by everybody in the world. That is the ultimate outrage of the universe.(John Piper)

What makes sin sin is not first that it hurts people, but that it blasphemes God.
This is the ultimate evil and the ultimate outrage in the universe.

Sin is . . .

the glory of God not honored,

the holiness of God not reverenced,

the greatness of God not admired,

the power of God not praised,

the truth of God not sought,

the wisdom of God not esteemed,

the beauty of God not treasured,

the goodness of God not savored,

the faithfulness of God not trusted,

the commandments of God not obeyed,

the justice of God not respected,

the wrath of God not feared,

the grace of God not cherished,

the presence of God not prized,

the person of God not loved.

The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist (Romans 11:36)–who holds every person’s life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)–is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored by everybody in the world. That is the ultimate outrage of the universe.

Listen to John Piper’s Iconic 7-Minute-Message that Inspired ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/301077-you-have-one-life-dont-waste-it-desiring-god-john-piper.html

John Piper – Sin Blinds You to the Beauty of God

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/249917-john-piper-sin-blinds-beauty-god.html

John Piper – Satan Wants to Eat Your Faith

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/260453-john-piper-satan-wants-eat-faith.html

Test the Spirits to See Whether They Are of God

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/test-the-spirits-to-see-whether-they-are-of-god

Why Don’t You Like the Christians You Know?

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/261005-dont-like-christians-know.html

John Piper – Treasure God More Than His Gifts

https://churchleaders.com/pastors/videos-for-pastors/317483-john-piper-treasure-god-gifts.html?utm_source=msv-nl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=msv-nl&maropost_id=716263646&mpweb=256-6167520-716263646

Why I Agree With John Piper on Female Professors in Seminary

http://www.stephenjbedard.com/2018/01/26/agree-john-piper-female-professors-seminary/#.WnHk31PwZTY