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John Piper on Joy and Holiness

Posted: June 19, 2013 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Quotes, Reading
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I have recently been reading John Piper’s book, What Jesus Demands of the World, during my times with God in the morning to supplement my Bible reading. John Piper loves the gospels and makes connections that come from meditating on God’s Word and deep study. Here is a snippet of his chapter on joy.

“Jesus demand that we rejoice is the key that unlocks his demand for holiness. What chokes the purifying power of spiritual life and destroys Jesus’ would-be disciples is the ‘cares and riches and pleasures of life’ (Luke 8:14). And what severs theses strangling vines most decisively is the power of a superior pleasure. Jesus said that it is ‘in his joy’ that the believer sells everything. In other words, it is his joy that cuts the stranglehold of sin.

Many Christians think stoicism is a good antidote to sensuality. It isn’t. It is hopelessly weak and ineffective. Willpower religion usually fails, and even when it succeeds, it gets glory for the will, not for God. It produces legalist, not lovers. Jonathan Edwards says the powerlessness of this approach and said:

We come with double forces against the wicked, to persuade them to a godly life….The common argument is the profitableness of religion, but alas, the wicked man is not in pursuit of [moral] profit; tis’ pleasure he seeks. Now, then, we will fight with them with their own weapons.

In other words, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not a compromise with the sensual world but is in fact the only power that can defeat the lust of the age while producing lovers of God.”