Thursday, February 28, 2008
God is the Gospel!
God is the Gospel! This is a devastatingly powerful title.
Recently while at the Desiring God conference, Piper made the statement (paraphrase) that he thinks that the most important book that he has written is “God is the Gospel.” I’ve been pondering this statement as of late because Piper has written several tremendously important books (including the foremost in my opinion: Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Future Grace). Considering the significance of the books which Piper has written I find this recent statement of his to be very weighty.
The thesis of God is the Gospel is this: God is the highest, best, good which makes the “good news” so good. Christianity has often made lesser things, glorious though they may be, to be the highest good which makes the “good news” so good; things like heaven, no more pain, reunion with departed family members, sanctification, justification, and glorification. These things are glorious and are not to be minimized, but they are not to be desired, longed for, or appreciated and adored more than God Himself. God is the good news! The good news is good news because God is! And that we may be able to know Him and enjoy Him now and for eternity is breathtakingly magnificent - because God is breathtakingly magnificent.
The title of the introduction to this book is: What the world needs most - the gospel’s greatest gift, God.
Words can not do justice to the gratefulness which fills my heart and no doubt countless more for the goodness of God, who gives to His church gifts like John Piper, in order that we may see more clearly the glories and majesties of our infinitely desirable God!
God is the most valuable being in existence. I simply would not have seen this to the extent that I have, without the ministry of such people who have written extraordinarily helpful books and preached messages and lived lives which display the infinite worth of our glorious God.