Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper

By John Piper

Scripture finds that the good enterprise of existence is to glorify God by means of having fun with Him without end. during this paradigm-shattering vintage, newly revised and multiplied, John Piper finds that the controversy among responsibility and pleasure does not really exist: pride is our responsibility. Readers will embark on a dramatically diverse and pleased adventure in their faithThe pursuit of enjoyment isn't really not obligatory. it truly is crucial. Scripture unearths that the good enterprise of lifestyles is to glorify God via having fun with Him perpetually. during this paradigm-shattering paintings, John Piper finds that the controversy among responsibility and enjoyment doesn’t actually exist: satisfaction is our responsibility. sign up for him as he unveils gorgeous, life-impacting truths you observed within the Bible yet by no means dared to think.

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He does everything He does to preserve and display that glory, for in this His soul rejoices. All the works of God culminate in the praises of His redeemed people. The climax of His happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of the saints. This praise is the consummation of our own joy in God. Therefore, God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in Him are the same pursuit. This is the great gospel! This is the foundation of Christian Hedonism.

And when we do ask about God’s design, we are too prone to describe it with ourselves at the center of God’s affections. We may say, for example, that His design is to redeem the world. Or to save sinners. Or to restore creation. Or the like. But God’s saving designs are penultimate, not ultimate. Redemption, salvation, and restoration are not God’s ultimate goal. These He performs for the sake of something greater: namely, the enjoyment He has in glorifying Himself. The bedrock foundation of Christian Hedonism is not God’s allegiance to us, but to Himself.

Romans 4:25) Over against the terrifying news that we have fallen under the condemnation of our Creator and that He is bound by His own righteous character to preserve the worth of His glory by pouring out eternal wrath on our sin, there is the wonderful news of the gospel. This is a truth no one can ever learn from nature. It has to be told to neighbors and preached in churches and carried by missionaries. The good news is that God Himself has decreed a way to satisfy the demands of His justice without condemning the whole human race.

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