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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Future Grace

I purchased Future Grace by John Piper sometime ago and haven't been very good about actually reading it. It isn't that I haven't want to, well that's not entirely true b/c I'm sure if I wanted to read it badly enough I'd actually have done it, but I've lacked the discipline to do so.

Anyhow, I'm reading it now - a chapter a day along with my regular Bible reading (I'm in Mark right now, today's reading was the crucifixion - I'm reading about God's grace toward me while recounting His greatest act of mercy, if my heart doesn't burst with wonder I'm going to think something is wrong!) and thought I'd post a few quotes of what stood out to me yesterday and caused me to stop and think a bit more deeply about God's grace.

You can't deserve to be created. You can't deserve, as a non-being, to be put into a lavish garden where all your needs are met by a loving Father. So even before they sinned, Adam and Eve lived on grace. (Pg 76)

Suffering constrains pity, but sin kindles anger. Therefore grace toward sinners is the freest of all God's acts. (Pg 78)

When God says, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious," he means: I am free in showing grace...In other words, God does not look outside his own will for an impulse to move his grace. (pg 79)

As [Paul] describes our dead condition before conversion, he realizes that dead people can't meet conditions. If they are to live, there must be a totally unconditional and utterly free act of God to save them. This is the very heart of grace. (pg 81)