Tag Archives: John Piper

The bitter cup is filled by His hand

21 Jan

Piper quotes Spurgeon:

“It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think I have an affliction which God never sent me; that the bitter cup was never filled by his hand, that my trials were never measured out by him nor sent to me by his arraignment of their weight and quantity.”

That kind of thinking is totally upside-down to what the rest of the world would like to say about God, but it is absolutely essential to the way this man was able to live in a world with real suffering! Piper: “What kept [Spurgeon] going was the absolute confidence that every blackness over his soul was a cloud sent by the living God. ” Does that sound crazy to you?

Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon)

Many modern thinkers, frightened at the implications of this kind of God, have attempted to clip the wings of God’s omniscience and sovereignty. For example, recently developed doctrines such as “Open theism” strip God of his complete knowledge of the future. 
What brings you more comfort- a God too weak to be in control of our suffering, too loving to be responsible for suffering of any kind, or a God who orchestrates suffering for our good?

Piper says, “for Spurgeon this view of God was not first argument for debate, it was a means of survival.” Spurgeon knew from experience that at some point, each of us will face suffering. We will only swallow this cup with joy if we know that it is filled by the hand of a loving and sovereign God.

Their Lives Preach Loudly

14 Jan

John Piper (theologian)

HERE is a very awesome resource from the ministry of John Piper (a scholar and a gentleman)  that I’ve been enjoying recently.  There are about 25 sermon/biographies from Piper on some of the great heroes of the faith both anceint and modern; from Augustine and Athanasius to C.S. Lewis and Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones. They can all be downloaded as free MP3s. Piper goes into the details of their life and times, giving some helpful education on these historic figures, and brings in much application and soul-searching. If you enjoy listening to audio sermons, consider some of these biographies for  powerful change of pace!

So far I have listened to the bios of John Owen, Robert Murray McCheyne, and George Whitefield, and have gotten a blessing from each. Try not to get discouraged that we will likely never measure up to these men, and rejoice that the same Spirit who raised them up is at work in our lives and our churches today!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1