- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (February 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801070791
- ISBN-13: 978-0801070792
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23 2nd Edition
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About the Author
John Piper (BD, Fuller Theological Seminary; DTheol, University of Munich) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
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Among modern theologians with great influence among common people, Piper is as good as they come. He is fair to the text and to his opponents as always. This work left me in awe of the magnificent glory of God in His sovereign dealings with man. Another masterpiece for John Piper!
Two things I found particularly impressive about the book:
1. Piper engages a wide variety of "Arminian" interpretations of the passage, many of which immediately fall apart when the reader takes a moment to think about how they would fit into Paul's overall argument, but he (Piper) does so without the rancor and pettiness that so often characterizes those types of discussions.
2. Although reformed, "Calvinist" doctrines are often viewed as serious and sometimes depressing philosophical and Biblical arguments, Piper expounds Paul's argument in a way that is markedly uplifting and God-glorifying.
All in all, this is perhaps the best book of Biblical exposition of a passage that I have ever read. I would highly recommend it to intelligent readers of any theological leaning.
In the fall of 1978 a former student of mine, whom I had sought out, and I were discussing the doctrine of election (which was one of the stumbling blocks in the way of my returning to the faith) and were going over Romans 9. It was clear to me that Paul was defending unconditional election, a doctrine that I found particularly offensive. Eventually we came to verse 19, where Paul writes, "One of you will say to me, 'Then why does God still blame us, for who resists his will?'" My former student said to me, "Paul gives the right response to this question." I looked at the text of verse 20: "But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why have you made me this way?'" I was about to respond when I was overwhelmed with the realization that this is exactly what I had been doing for nearly twelve years. I had been talking back to God. And I had been doing it despite the fact that I was a finite, sinful creature, and God is the eternal, omnipotent creator of the universe. That day I accepted the Gospel of God's gracious provision of salvation for his people.
Five years after this Baker Book House published John Piper's "The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23." Shortly thereafter I read it and found his study to be an accurate and to-the-point interpretation of what Paul is saying. Not that I needed convincing, for I had already come to the same conclusions as had Piper. However, what I found valuable in his discussion, is that he lays out the case for God's sovereignty in election in a way that is both compelling and easy to understand. Moreover, he deals with the objections to unconditional election in a way that is forceful and yet fair to the objections themselves.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a better understanding of the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone and in particular to those who have questions regarding the biblical idea of election.