...all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory... - 2 Cor 1:20 - ESVThis summer we've asked all of next year's Relay to read John Piper's The Purifying Power of Faith in Future Grace. Essentially a 31 day course in Christian Hedonism. I read the book a few years ago and thought I'd re-read it myself ahead of the first Relay conference.
Last night I was reading the comments on the above verse (p104-108) - about prayer. Reversing the order of the verse (and the implication) we see that: We say AMEN through Jesus to the glory of God because all the promises of God find their YES in him. Piper highlights...
- 1. All prayer seeks God's YES through Jesus - we pray in Jesus name.
- 2. The give of grace gets all the glory - prayer glorifies the one whom we ask of.
- 3. Prayer goes to the bank called future grace - we look to God's promises guarenteed by Jesus' achievement at the cross.
- 4. Our AMEN is our YES to future grace - we agree that God's promises have been made and know that he can do what we have asked.
- 5. In Jesus name is God's AMEN - Jesus is the guarentee of God's AMEN, God's commitment guarenteeing future grace.
How much are my frail prayers shaped and defined by the promises of God. Without God's promises my prayers rise no further than the ceiling. With them, comes great assurance and confidence and joy. No condemnation, total assurance, grace that glorifies God, free grace to a wretched sinner. All these promises are AMEN in Jesus Christ. They are my hope of future grace.
As I've gorged myself in Romans 8-12 over recent weeks I've been refreshed and renewed by seeing the centrality of God's promises in Jesus Christ. They are my only hope and joy. Those promises wielded by the Holy Spirit against sin. God's Jesus-promises are the reason to read the Bible... not by obligation, not for rules... but for life giving God-glorifying promises. And all God's promises are answered in Jesus.