Pastor John Piper at Westmont College: Why does God perform all His acts of love for us in a way that reveals He is loving us for His glory?
Why is God so jealous to reveal His love in that way? Let me ask it another way: Why does God make much of us in a way that is designed to make much of Him ultimately.
There are many people that feel they are not loved. John Piper walks us through the seven greatest historic acts of love from eternity to eternity and he asks us to notice the angle God puts on this as He reveals His love to us.
1) Predestination – Ephesians 1:5-6
5he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved
2) Creation – Isaiah 43:6
6I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth
3) Incarnation – Luke 2:11,13-14
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
4) Salvation (the cross) – 2 Corinthians 5:14
4For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
5) Sanctification – Phillipians 1:9
9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
6) Propagation – Romans 1:5
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
7) Consummation – 2 Thessalonians 1:9
9They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
- John Piper and David Platt at the 2011 SBC Annual Meeting (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)