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Thankful for God’s Love December 5, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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But why?

That is the question that John Piper seeks to answer in his book, God is the Gospel. He writes,

“Perhaps you have heard people say how thankful we should be for the death of Christ because it shows how much value God puts upon us. In other words, they are thankful for the cross as an echo of our worth. What is the foundation of this gratitude?”

Piper then quotes Jonathan Edwards (which he does about as frequently as I quote Piper!) in calling this gratitude “the gratitude of hypocrites”. Edwards wrote,

They first rejoice, and are elevated with the fact that they are made much of by God; and then on that ground, God seems, in a sort, lovely to them. They are pleased in the highest degree, in hearing how much God and Christ make of them. So that their joy is really a joy in themselves, and not in God.”

So let us consider: why are we thankful for God’s love? Is it because He gives us a higher satisfaction in our worth, or is it because He reveals to us the riches of His worth?

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,” (1 Peter 3:18)

Larry

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