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What Jesus Demands from the World (Paperback Edition) Paperback – January 11, 2011
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"This is now my favorite book by John Piper. In the best tradition of Adolf Schlatter's Do We Know Jesus? and his `hermeneutic of perception.' What Jesus Demands from the World has changed my life and will certainly change yours because it is based on the pure words of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels. A must-read for every follower of Christ. " -- Andreas J. Kostenberger, Editor, Journal of the Evangelical Society, Professor of New Testament and Director of Ph. D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This is now my favorite book by John Piper. In the best tradition of Adolf Schlatter’s Do We Know Jesus? and his ‘hermeneutic of perception,’ What Jesus Demands from the World has changed my life and will certainly change yours because it is based on the pure words of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels. A must-read for every true follower of Christ.”
—Andreas J. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This book is a special gift from the pen of John Piper. How long has it been since you carefully reflected upon the authoritative commands of Christ? Through these pages you will encounter the Savior and experience the transforming effects of the gospel. Few endeavors are more worthy of your time.”
—C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky
“Scholars, popularists, and now even novelists are falling over each other today in a blind passion to discover an alternative Jesus to the One so magnificently portrayed in the biblical Gospels. In stark and refreshing contrast John Piper clear-sightedly grasps the obvious—the biblical Jesus is worth living for and dying for.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas
“The Christian gospel is more than just a wonderful offer of saving grace; it is a demand for supreme loyalty, for surrender to the lordship of Jesus. We forget this too easily in our contemporary church, besieged as we are by a philosophy of pluralism that rejects ultimate authority and a culture of rights that scorns submissiveness. But John Piper reminds us of the real truth: obedience to Christ’s commands is our absolute duty; yet, paradoxically, in his service is perfect freedom and joy!”
—William Philip, Senior Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow
“John Piper reveals in his ‘Word to Biblical Scholars’ his familiarity with the literature and subject matter of the life and teachings of Jesus, and in his comments on the individual demands of Jesus he applies them to everyday living.”
—Robert H. Stein, Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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However, I have a disclaimer: I disagree with Piper's interpretation regarding his stance on marriage, divorce and remarriage. I believe God acknowledges divorce, thus, divorced people are not "married in God's eyes" til death. And I also believe that a Christian who divorces a spouse due to his or her unfaithfulness to the marriage bed has a Biblical, Jesus-ratified, reason for divorce, and is therefore "eligible," if you will, to re-marry another Christian. That is just one more example of Jesus' mercy and compassion on us humans. Betrayal of the marriage bed is a very tough thing to deal with.
John Piper's clear explanations of basic, but sometimes complex ideas, reveal truths that even mature Christians forgot or never saw.
Piper's concentration on just the teachings of Christ in the four Gospels brings the reader to the real essentials before the church and the other writers of the New Testament elaborated on them. This is the Christ who did not come to found a new religion, but to change the hearts of men. Excellent book for individual study or small group discussion.
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