Blog Posts on The Sovereignty of God

God Desires All to Be Saved, and Grants Repentance to Some

John Piper

Put two texts together, and see what you see.

“God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (eis epignōsin alētheias)” (1 Timothy 2:4).

“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth (eis epignōsin alētheias)” (2 Timothy 2:25).

Here’s what I see:

1. Though God desires all people to be saved, he “may

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The Story of Ian & Larissa

John Piper

Dear Friends,

Desiring God exists to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. And I would add, especially in suffering.

Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious…

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When the Angel Didn't Come

Jon Bloom

Luke says it so quickly, so matter-of-factly: “[Herod] killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2). In the flow of the story this little phrase sets the stage for Peter’s dramatic prison rescue by the angel. So that’s what we remember. When Peter later wrote, “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials” (2 Peter 2:9), this is the sort of rescue that easily comes…

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When God Launched a New Ministry

John Knight

What date is burned into your memory?

Many people impacted by disability can tell you the day it started. It is the day the child was born, or the diagnosis was made, or the accident occurred, or the virus attacked the body. 

And God already knew it.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when…

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Few Things Are More Humbling

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

We do not give God authority over our lives. He has it whether we like it or not. What utter folly it is to act as though we had any rights at all to call God into question! We need to hear now and then blunt words like those of Virginia Stem Owens who said in [the] Reformed Journal,

Let us get this one thing straight. God…

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Why Did God Let Paul Become a Murderer?

John Piper

We know that before Paul was born God had set him apart for his apostleship.

He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles. (Galatians 1:15–16).

And we know that Paul became a Christian-hating (Acts 9:1), Christ-persecuting (Acts 9:5), zealot (Philippians 3:6; Galatians 1:14)…

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Psalm 121: What It Means That Yahweh Is Your Guardian

Jason DeRouchie

Psalm 121 is a treasure of promise for the suffering believer, whose “help comes from the Lord ” (verse 2). After personally celebrating Yahweh’s guardianship in verses 1–2, the psalmist turns to give assurance to others in verses 3–8. He declares the nature of God’s guarding role in verse 3–4: “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel…

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Defending the Faith in the Public Arena

Jonathan Parnell

"Defending the Faith in the Public Arena" — this is the topic of John Piper's message delivered at a 2004 gathering of the National Religious Broadcasters. We recently obtained this audio and commend it to you now. Its relevance hasn't waned.

Piper's approach in two parts:

  1. To illustrate the increasingly public nature of the issue of the supremacy of God and ponder how we should respond for the sake of…
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An Unwed Teen with an Unplanned Pregnancy

John Knight

There is a murderous logic to those who advocate aborting children with disabilities. It goes something like this:

  • People with disabilities suffer in this world. Abortion is a kindness that prevents such suffering.
  • The caregivers (primarily parents) of children with disabilities also suffer.  Abortion is a kindness that prevents their suffering, too.
  • Society suffers. Financially and administratively, the burden on society is significant. Abortion is a kindness to the rest…
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