The Gospel Promises True Prosperity


Christians are unimaginably rich. If you are in Christ, then every possible blessing that God could possibly give is yours. The wealth of heaven is not an impersonal prize mechanically given to everyone who believes in Jesus. It is an inheritance, a personal gift given from our Father to those who have been born again (1 Peter 1:3), or adopted (Ephesians 1:5) into his family through union with Jesus by faith. The wealth of God’s eternal blessings, given to his saints, flows in a river of gratefulness and delight toward the great sea, the purpose of all created history — the praise of God’s glorious grace (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).

Look at the Book is John Piper’s latest effort to help teach people to read the Bible for themselves. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher.

As part of this initiative, Desiring God is putting on regional events focused on certain passages of Scripture. This is Part 4 in a series on Ephesians called “Seeing and Savoring the Splendor of God’s Sovereign Grace.”