To begin term 2 2019 we’ll be exploring what many people see as the greatest chapter in the Bible. John Piper writes:
- There is no chapter that more deeply or fully deals with the brokenness of the physical universe, and how it got that way, and what will become of it .
- There is no chapter that expresses with more clarity or power the infallible and unbreakable linkages in our salvation from predestination to glorification.
- There is no other chapter that combines the intercession of the Holy Spirit in us, with the intercession of the Son for us, in the service of the never-failing love of God the Father over us.
- There is no chapter that more explicitly or repeatedly juxtaposes the necessary horrors of our suffering with the utterly assured grandeur of our glory — that moves with such force through suffering to a crescendo of unshakable hope in the love of God.
- There is no chapter that deals more directly and tenderly with our struggle to know that we are the children of God, opening to us the witness of the Holy Spirit.
- There is no chapter with a more sustained litany of privileges, securities, and assurances to hold us firmly in the keeping love of God.
- There is no chapter in which so many glorious truths are marshalled to help us obey only one implied command: Live by the Spirit, not the flesh, and so fulfill the whole law — that is, love.