Acting the Miracle
God’s Work and Ours in the Mystery of Sanctification
by John Piper and David Mathis
Fighting sin is not easy. Thankfully, God helps Christians to overcome sin through the miracle of sanctification.
This book, edited by best-selling author John Piper and his trusted colleague, David Mathis, calls readers to “act the miracle” God has already worked within all believers. With contributions from popular speakers Kevin DeYoung, Ed Welch, Russell Moore, and Jarvis Williams, this compilation draws on a wealth of wisdom derived from God’s Word and personal experience in order to encourage Christians to strive for holiness without falling into the trap of legalism. Here is a practical resource from leading evangelicals that helps Christians to pursue godly living.
“We have the seed of God’s likeness (God’s holiness) imparted to us when we are born again, and we must grow into that likeness (that holiness) to show who our Father really is.”
First Edition 2013
Crossway Books (Wheaton, Illinois)
A great combination of theological insight and practical advice on one of the most important of all Christian doctrines.
—Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College
I love this book. One meets real holiness here and it has real drawing power. C. S. Lewis said it well when he quipped, ‘How little people know who think holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.’ The content in these chapters awakened within me a deeper hungering and thirsting for righteousness. I pray it will cause those same hunger pangs to spread so that many more will taste and see that the Holy One Himself is an irresistible treasure.
—Jason Meyer, Bethlehem Baptist Church
The Reformed and evangelical mind has recently concentrated much attention on the doctrines of justification and adoption, with many salutary effects. In some instances, however, concentration has degenerated into myopia, resulting in the distortion of the doctrine of sanctification. The present collection of essays is a helpful remedy to this situation. With chapters that are richly biblical, Christ-centered, and humane, Acting the Miracle refocuses our attention on the place and purpose of sanctification among the manifold works of the triune God. Readers will find this book both theologically and pastorally satisfying.
—Scott Swain, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida
This book is theologically informed and pastorally wise. It helpfully distinguishes and defines definitive and progressive sanctification, and it shrewdly shows how to approach Christian living without being reductionistic.
—Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis
The Reformed view of sanctification has resonated with me for a long time. More importantly, it is biblically rooted, realistic, hopeful, and doesn’t fall into the error of perfectionism. Now we have a wonderfully accessible presentation of the reformed view of sanctification. The scriptural support for a progressive view of sanctification is persuasively made. The realistic struggle that characterizes our lives is set forth, and the hope we have in Christ Jesus is proclaimed. I was encouraged and convicted in reading this work.
—Thomas Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary