What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It?
Aug 22, 2004
God wills all things. But that does not mean he wants all things in the same way.
The Renewed Mind and How to Have It
Aug 15, 2004
Any effort to renew our minds must follow the Holy Spirit’s initiatives and enabling. The renewal of our minds is first and decisively his work — not ours.
Stand Fast Through Faith
Feb 8, 2004
God saves us not on the basis of our ethnicity or socioeconomic status, but by his grace alone.
Build Your Life on the Mercies of God
Jun 6, 2004
The mercies of God ground our life in Christ. Because he’s immeasurably gracious, we have endless riches forever in him.
Children, Heirs, and Fellow Sufferers
Apr 21, 2002
Suffering is a great mercy that keeps us from loving this world more than we should.
Kill Sin by the Spirit
Feb 17, 2002
We will die if we are not killing sin, and we won’t be killing sin if we are not living by the Spirit.
God Demonstrates His Love Toward Us
Dec 5, 1999
God’s love for us is not just a logical inference from the Bible. He pours his love out for us, and we can feel it in our hearts.
The Final Divide
Eternal Life or Eternal Wrath, Part 1
Nov 29, 1998
When your life is over on this earth, there will be two paths you can take: you will either meet God in eternal wrath or eternal life.
The Author of the Greatest Letter Ever Written
First in a Series of Messages on Romans
Apr 26, 1998
Romans is the most important letter ever penned. Listen to or read John Piper’s first message on Romans, the most significant series of his preaching career.
Do Not Avenge Yourselves, but Give Place to Wrath
Feb 20, 2005
When we lay down the burden of vengeance, God will pick it up and carry it out. No sin will go unpunished from the God who sees all.
To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named
Aug 27, 2006
God will not lead you down a pointless path, but to a holy ambition that meets great need for the glory of Jesus.
God Did Not Spare His Own Son
Aug 18, 2002
If God did the impossible thing — deliver his Son over to death — then he will surely do the easy thing: freely give us all that Christ bought for us.
‘Vengeance Is Mine, I Will Repay’
Feb 27, 2005
God’s wrath is more horrifying than we can ever imagine, but he will pardon any who take refuge in the shelter Jesus provides.
No Condemnation in Christ Jesus
Sep 9, 2001
The essence of Christianity is this: there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
All Things for Good
Jun 9, 2002
Whatever comes our way, we can rest assured that God will only give us good through it.
How Does the Gospel Save Believers?
Aug 9, 1998
The glorious hope of the gospel is that God himself supplies the righteousness he demands from us.
Israel, Palestine and the Middle East
Mar 7, 2004
What does Scripture say about the Promised Land and Israel's rights to it today?
The Mighty and Merciful Message of Romans 1–8
Sep 22, 2002
Only the mighty and merciful power of the gospel can break the forces that bind suffering souls in darkness.
Do Not Be Conformed to This World
The Indigenous and Pilgrim Principle of Christian Living
Jun 27, 2004
Jesus’s people are in the world, but not of the world. We work for the good of our temporary homes while we always long for more.
How to Kill Sin
Feb 3, 2002
Our fight against sin does not earn our way to God, but it evidences that we belong to God’s army.
Look at the Kindness and the Severity of God
Feb 22, 2004
God’s fury at sin reminds us of the great pardon we don’t deserve. Gaze at his goodness with gratitude.
To the Jew First, and Also to the Greek
Jul 5, 1998
All who believe can taste the hope of the gospel. No matter how rough your background God has grace for you in the good news of Jesus.
Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ
Sep 8, 2002
Nothing — not hunger, not debt, not abuse, not death — can separate you from the love of Christ. These ten insights will show you why.
The Absolute Sovereignty of God
What Is Romans Nine About?
Nov 3, 2002
God’s unimpeachable sovereignty grounds our salvation. He has mercy on whom he will have mercy.
Does James Contradict Paul?
Aug 8, 1999
Even though language can sometimes confuse us--like when the same word carries multiple meanings--the Bible is not contradictory.
Present Your Bodies As a Living Sacrifice to God
Jun 13, 2004
God gave us bodies to make his glory more visible. The aim of showing mercy is showing God.
The Greatest Thing in the World
An Overview of Romans 1–7
Sep 2, 2001
The greatest thing in the world is to know God apart from his wrath by the grace that Jesus purchased on the cross.
Watch Out for Those Who Lead You Away from the Truth
Nov 5, 2006
Watch out for smooth-talking pastors, no matter how popular, if they do not manifestly prize the whole counsel of God.
The Triumph of Grace through Righteousness
Sep 3, 2000
God's purpose in giving the law was so that, in the end, grace would reign through Christ's righteousness on our behalf.
Even the Bad, for Your Good
Jun 16, 2002
If all things work for my good, then I will never be ultimately defeated in the cause of Christ.
Faith and the Imputation of Righteousness
Oct 17, 1999
Therefore IT WAS also CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS 23 Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who…
How Do Circumcision and Baptism Correspond?
Aug 29, 1999
The way God constituted his people under the old covenant is different than how he does it today.
Christ Overcame Evil with Good—Do the Same
Mar 20, 2005
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Both…
Kill Sin with the Word of God
Apr 7, 2002
The sword of the Spirit is our weapon of choice in the war against sin.
God’s Ultimate Purpose
Vessels of Mercy Knowing the Riches of His Glory
Feb 23, 2003
Heaven is where old glories only ripen in memory, and the thrill of new glories breaks upon us every day.
Are We to Continue in Sin That Grace Might Increase?
Sep 10, 2000
Believers are commanded to become in practice what we are in Christ: dead to sin and alive to God.
Abhor What Is Evil; Hold Fast to What Is Good
Nov 28, 2004
There is such a thing as objective good and evil outside ourselves.
The Hardening of Pharaoh and the Hope of the World
Feb 9, 2003
No one tells God what to do. He is self-determining and does what he righteously and freely pleases.
The Other Dark Exchange
Homosexuality, Part 1
Oct 11, 1998
God dramatizes the beauty of the gospel in the right ordering of our sexual lives.
What Does It Mean to Fulfill the Law in Romans 8:3–4?
Dec 9, 2001
Jesus’s perfect obedience is yours through faith. He obeyed perfectly so that the Father could welcome you wholly.
Love One Another with Brotherly Affection
Dec 12, 2004
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Our focus this time is on the two exhortations in verse 10. “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” These are addressed to…
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
Jun 14, 1998
The gospel is the greatest news in the world and the most loving truth we can share. We never have to be ashamed of its message.
The Wrath of God Against Ungodliness and Unrighteousness
Aug 30, 1998
You can escape the wrath of God against sin only when you take refuge in the gospel of his Son.
By His Grace, for His Name, Through the Obedience of Faith
May 10, 1998
Every ounce of grace that enables faith and empowers our obedience comes to us through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel in the Church for the Obedience of Faith Through Spiritual Gifts
Jun 7, 1998
Grace pays the debt we owe God for stealing his glory. And now we owe the gospel to any who still need God’s grace.
The Wrath of God Against Holding Down the Truth
Sep 13, 1998
Our hardened hearts naturally suppress the truth, but Jesus grants us new hearts to embrace his gospel.
Happy in Hope, Patient in Pain, Constant in Prayer
Dec 19, 2004
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Here in verse 12 is a description of the Christian life: rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, constant in prayer. And, of course, in the wider context of Romans…
The Freedom and Justice of God in Unconditional Election
Jan 12, 2003
The nature of being God means that he has absolute free will. He has mercy on whom he will have mercy according to his sovereign choice.
From God, to God, Through God
Mar 28, 2004
Do you love the thought that you exist to make God look good? If not, you may be committing spiritual suicide.
Foreknown, Predestined, Conformed to Christ
Aug 4, 2002
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to…
The Gospel Is the Power of God unto Salvation
Jun 21, 1998
There’s no other message in the world like the gospel. Other religions may have converts, but there is no true salvation outside the work of Jesus Christ.
Unconditional Election and the Invincible Purpose of God
Dec 15, 2002
We exist to know and enjoy and praise and display the invincible glory of God’s free and sovereign grace.
Is There a “Lord’s Day”?
Oct 2, 2005
Setting apart a day of rest testifies to a self-reliant world that our work does not save or define us, Christ does.
Free from Sin, Slaves of Righteousness, Part 1
What is the Meaning of "Under Law" and "Under Grace"?
Nov 26, 2000
Part One: What Is the Meaning of "Under Law" and "Under Grace"? For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under…
The Present Effects of Trembling at the Wrath of God
Mar 6, 2005
Believing that God is furious against sin produces a good fear that transforms everything in life.
Set Free by the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus
Oct 7, 2001
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what…
Command of God
The Obedience of Faith
Dec 3, 2006
The greatest aim in this world is that Christ would be seen as glorious among all peoples by the means of Christian obedience flowing from faith.
The Spirit-Led Are the Sons of God
Apr 14, 2002
The Holy Spirit testifies that we are children of God by creating affections for him within us.
The Deep Riches and Wisdom and Knowledge of God
Mar 21, 2004
Nothing and no one compares to the greatness and grandeur of our God.
We Will All Stand Before the Judgment of God
Oct 30, 2005
Love your brother and help him get to heaven, instead of judging him and making it harder.
The Perils of Disapproving God
Nov 8, 1998
Sin enslaves us not just because we commit evil, but because God himself gives us over to our debased desires. Our only hope is for Jesus to bring renewal.
God's Design for History: The Glory of His Mercy
Mar 14, 2004
As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you…
The Called of Christ and the Loved of God
May 17, 1998
Who we are as Christians is ultimately based not on us, but on the work of another — he who calls us.
God’s Grace Will Keep You
Jun 23, 2002
God takes the initiative to cause a person to love him, and he takes the initiative to keep them to the end.
Boiling for Christ
Jan 9, 2005
When it comes to serving Christ, half-heartedness, lukewarmness, laziness, sluggishness, and slothfulness are utterly inappropriate.
When the Lord Does Not Take Account of Sin
Aug 15, 1999
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say?…
The Demonstration of God’s Righteousness
Justification and Mother’s Day
May 9, 1999
God grants us righteousness that not only washes us clean, but makes us bold in the face of any fear.
God’s Word Stands
Not All Israel Is Israel
Dec 1, 2002
A child of promise is an heir of God’s saving grace, not because of ethnic origin or physical birth, but because of God’s sovereign word.
How the Spirit Does What the Law Could Not Do
Nov 11, 2001
The law can't overcome your rebellion and make you a loving person. But the Spirit can.
God Credits Faith as Righteousness
Aug 1, 1999
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED…
Bless Those Who Persecute You
Feb 6, 2005
If you see and savor mercy in Christ, you will love being merciful.
How God Makes Known the Riches of His Glory to the Vessels of Mercy
Feb 16, 2003
God freely and sovereignly acts to display his glory in all things. Who are we to question him?
The Just and the Justifier
May 23, 1999
God could have settled accounts by punishing all sinners with hell. But in his great mercy he makes us his heirs.
Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage
Aug 8, 2004
What is wrong with homosexual marriage? Is it possible to believe this and still love homosexual people?
How to Welcome a Weak Brother
Sep 4, 2005
How can a church hold together when some of its members are so different from one another?
There Is No Partiality With God, Part 2
Jan 31, 1999
For there is no partiality with God. 12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13 for it is…
We Exult in God Through Our Lord Jesus Christ
Dec 19, 1999
The biblical portrait of Jesus must be the essential content of your joy in God.
The Love of God Has Been Poured Out Within Our Hearts
Nov 28, 1999
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance (4) and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; (5) and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured…
The First Dark Exchange: Idolatry
Oct 4, 1998
If you value other things more than God, if your life is really driven by another value, then you exchange the imperishable for the perishable.
Let Love Be Genuine
Nov 21, 2004
You can be a liberal hypocrite, and you can be fundamentalist hypocrite. But love is not that way.
When Is It Right to Repay Evil with Pain?
Mar 13, 2005
Does God ever intend for his justice—his right to punish wrong—to be shared with men?