The Purifying Power of the Promises of God
by John Piper
In Future Grace, author John Piper helps readers discover the key to overcoming sin and living a life that honors God. Many men and women attempt to walk upright out of gratitude for what Christ did in the past, but Piper encourages believers to look ahead to the grace God provides for us on a day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis—putting faith into action by laying hold of God’s promises for the challenges we face.
No one sins out of duty. We sin because we want to. Sin promises happiness, and we buy the lie. So how can the root of sin be severed in our lives? The penalty of sin must be paid by the righteous blood of Christ. And the power of sin must be broken by banking on the promises of Christ.
John Piper’s meditations are rooted in rock-solid biblical reflection. Chapter by chapter—one for each day of the month—he reveals how, by cherishing the promises of God, you can break the power of anxiety, despondency, covetousness, lust, bitterness, impatience, pride, misplaced shame, and more.
“By future I do not merely mean the grace of heaven and the age to come. I mean the grace that begins now, this very second, and sustains your life to the end of this paragraph. By grace I do not merely mean the pardon of God in passing over your sins, but also the power and beauty of God to keep you from sinning.”
First Edition 1995; Revised Edition 2012
Multnomah Books (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
“God used this book to teach me a very important lesson: you can't overcome temptation with ‘I'm not allowed to.’ Instead, sin is overthrown by believing that the promises of God are better than the fleeting pleasures of sin. This truth has helped me in my own personal struggles against lust and fear. I'm indebted to John Piper and hope many others will read this new edition of Future Grace and benefit from it.
—Joshua Harris, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
“I have enjoyed a great many books by John Piper over the years. Indeed they have often served as guides to my personal devotions. Future Grace is one of the fundamental building blocks for John’s distinctive message. Here he emphasizes that saving faith, founded on the work of Christ in the past, is directed toward God’s promises for our future. That is a profoundly moving and motivating message, and I commend it to Christians today. The new edition clarifies some problems and presents the message more fully at various points.
—John Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“John Piper says that the reason we should read big books is for the thrill of finding treasure in one or two life-changing sentences. Future Grace delivers a wealth of life-changing truths. With his characteristic passion and devotion to the Scripture, Pastor John strikes at the heart of short-lived obedience born from the debtor's ethic and lifts up a grace-driven obedience that flows from faith in God's future promises. The result is a soul-satisfying book that beckons us to marvel at the beauty of King Jesus.
—Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, author of Counterfeit Gospels and Holy Subversion
Over a decade ago, I gave each of my three teenage daughters their own copy of Future Grace. As a father I was committed to providing them with a solid theological foundation and a rich understanding of the grace of God, and Future Grace was a key addition to their fledgling libraries. Now, I am thrilled to give this revised edition with even further Christ-centered clarification to my teenage grandson and I eagerly anticipate the future grace of Future Grace in his heart and life.
—C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries
“Few books have sharpened my theological thinking, opened my exegetical eyes, and so consistently fed my soul as this one. Of all of Piper’s ‘big books’ this one has had the biggest impact on my life and ministry.
—Kevin DeYoung, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan
In the long-run we're all dead. In the even longer run, we're raised from the dead. That's the power of this book by Pastor John Piper. It will rocket your attention away from the narrow horizon we see in front of us toward the incandescent glory of new creation gospel power. The book evaporates all the false dichotomies weighing down contemporary Christianity. You don't have to ping back and forth between the present and the future, the law of God or his grace, obedience or trust. This book changed my life, and it can change yours.
—Russell Moore, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Future Grace is a spiritually rich treasure designed for 31 days of meditation and reflection. It drives home the truth that sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God and that ongoing faith in future grace, grounded in the perfect finished work of Christ, is the remedy. What a wonderful prescription for finding eternal satisfaction in our God and King.
—Daniel L. Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
There have been 2 or 3 books outside of the Bible that have profoundly shaped how I see and understand my relationship with God. When I first read Future Grace in the summer of 1999 it sent my head spinning and my heart soaring. I couldn't be more excited about this revision.
—Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel
“This book gave wonderful encouragement to my heart when it first came out in 1995, and now it has done so again in this new edition. I think John Piper is faithful to Scripture when he explains that the Bible does not motivate us to obedience by appealing to our gratitude for salvation, but by calling us to believe that God will empower us, help us, and draw us near to himself in this present life if we are obedient to the conditions found in his many promises in Scripture. This book provides a much-needed key that will help every Christian understand just how to live a joy-filled life that is pleasing to God.
—Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Seminary
John Piper has done it again. In Future Grace, Piper encourages believers to understand the present struggles of the Christian life in terms of the surpassing grace of God in Christ -- a grace that calls us to exult in God's future work in us, even as we experience God's present grace and rest in the assurance of God's grace to us in the past. In this new edition, Piper serves the church by showing us a mind at work as he wrestles with some of the most crucial issues of the Christian life. This book is deeply biblical, passionately practical, and Christ-centered. I am very thankful for the release of this new edition of Future Grace. You will be, too.
—Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
Future Grace might be thought of as an extended elaboration on the glorious truth captured in the famous line of Wesley’s, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, where he declares of God’s work in Christ: “He breaks the power of canceled sin. The believer, indeed, should revel in “canceled sin – of sin forgiven, of punishment met, of God’s just demands against us satisfied, of Christ’s perfect righteousness imputed to us by faith as grounded solely in our sin fully and once-for-all imputed to Christ. But since the faith that justifies is a living reality, wrought by the Spirit in the believer’s life, that very faith also sanctifies. To miss this is to miss the other half, as it were, of the completeness of Christ’s work for and in his people. The beauty and importance of Future Grace is precisely here: it explains and expounds a multitude of ways in which Spirit-wrought faith moves us forward in seeing sin’s power broken, Christlike character formed, and good deeds produced. This revised edition of Future Grace, with its clarifications and added explanations, has the potential of strengthening countless numbers of Christians in their walk with Christ. May God be pleased to use this book mightily for the glory of Christ through the advance of Chrislikeness in his people.
—Bruce Ware, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“I am pleased to commend this newly revised edition of Future Grace for your thoughtful consideration. Read humbly, for the nourishing of your faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ. And read hopefully. In the here and now, you walk through many dangers, toils, and snares. But in the mercies of Christ, your here and now is decisively altered by the certainty of grace already accomplished, and by the sure hope calling you into a future when you shall see his face. So read happily, for indeed all shall be well.
“Future Grace is one of Piper's most theological works, looking in detail at the nature of saving faith; at the same time it is one of his most practical, serving as a wartime manual for fighting the fight of faith. This combination makes it among his most important books, and I hope this new edition will make it better known. I hope readers notice that this is not merely a repackaging of an older book with a new look, but represents a careful recalibration at a few key places as Piper has become more Christocentric and more clear on the role of imputation and the function of bygone grace. Readers will find a sophisticated, nuanced, and hope-filled exploration of what it means to walk in the Spirit as we live by faith in all of God's promises in Christ.
—Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible and blogger, Between Two Worlds
Pastor Piper’s purpose in writing is to revitalize a decadent American Christianity that knows only cheap grace and cheap faith. Bible-soaked, God-intoxicated, deeply evangelical, and passionately humane, Piper fills the forgotten dimensions of faith—hope and contentment, stability and sanctity, prizing and praising God—with a master hand. This is a rich and wise book, one to treasure and reread.
—J. I. Packer, Regent College; author, Knowing God