I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice John Piper

I am going to make an assertion. You read the Bible to understand what God is like and how he operates in the world. That includes everything in this piece of writing, including these very words. If John Piper writes something that you don’t feel like doing or some application that you don’t feel comfortable with, then perhaps there’s a reason for it. Maybe you should be doing it but are not yet convinced that it is right and good. Whatever the case may be, if John Piper has made an application for men and women (mostly men) about how they should live their lives as Christians, then I would encourage everyone out there who reads this blog post to consider applying at least some of those ideas themselves!

I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice John Piper

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters or adulterers, nor effeminate or homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

You may be wondering how to reconcile this with your understanding of the gospel. How can you be a sinner and still be saved? How is it that Jesus died for all sins?

First, understand that not all sins are the same. There are sins that if you believe them then you cannot be saved eternally. For example, if one believes in his heart that he will go to heaven because he has lived a good life or because he is good enough or because he has done enough good things, then one will never inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9–11; Galatians 5:19–21). This kind of thinking is what James calls “double-mindedness” (James 1:8–9), which means two minds at once—one mind on sin and one mind on Christ. But whatever we think about ourselves in our hearts will come out eventually (Matthew 12:35). What we think about ourselves comes out through our actions and affections; indeed, “out of the abundance of your heart [your thoughts] shall your mouth speak” (Matthew 12:34).

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Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters or adulterers, nor effeminate or homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been saved from the wrath to come. Your sin has been forgiven and your soul cleansed. You have been made holy by his grace and justified by faith.

However, you also need to be washed in order to enter into God’s presence. Water baptism is our way of dying with Christ so that we may know him as living members of his body who walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-5).

As Paul writes, “Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

For this is a matter for which I find it difficult to speak against your conscience.

If you have a conscience that is well-formed, you will know what it is to hold something as sinful and yet be unable to speak against someone else’s doing it. This may be because they are not your son or daughter; or because they are not your husband or wife; or because you don’t want to destroy their marriage over some immaterial thing like this. Or perhaps it is simply because you love them and do not want to offend them by saying anything negative about their behavior.

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In any case, I think we would all agree that there are times when our consciences can get in the way of God’s will for us—and those situations require us to follow the Lord in spite of our own feelings on the matter. The apostle Paul speaks about this very issue in Romans 14:23-24: “But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

We need to understand that there are things that if we believe them then we can’t be saved eternally

We need to understand that there are things that if we believe them then we can’t be saved eternally.

We need to understand that there are things that if we believe them then we can’t be saved eternally.

Conclusion

I am so glad that in our generation we are beginning to see the light of the Bible more clearly. We can now take Jesus at his word and know that if we believe him, we will be saved.

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