Future Grace Chapter 27
This is a mighty rich chapter. I wish I had the time to write and write and write all that it is making me think. This one is such a helpful chapter when it comes to the real life, practical, in-the-trenches, work-it-out day-to-day truth I can use in the fight against sin. The chapter deals specifically with lust, but I’ve found the teaching in this chapter to help me with other sins as well.
The bottom line for this chapter is that when a believer apprehends the all-surpassing glory and happiness in the promises of God the power of sin is broken. Jumping off from 2 Peter 1:3-4, which states, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust,” Piper writes, “The key is the power of promises. When we are entranced by the preciousness of them and the magnificence of them, the effect is the liberation from the lusts, which are, in fact, not precious and not magnificent.”
The final point Piper makes comes from Jesus’ teaching that we refer to as The Beatitudes. Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). “It is the ‘precious and magnificent’ promise that the pure see God that empowers our escape from lust.” Hebrews 12:14 tells us that there is a “holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Not fighting against sin has eternal consequences.
He goes on to say that the challenge is not merely to pursue righteousness, but to prefer it. So, fighting lust is not about plucking out eyes; it’s a purity of heart issue. Because of the foundational promises of Romans 8:29-30 I know that God will do it. It is my responsibility to take up the sword of the Spirit and fight in faith.
I am reminded once again of Owen’s words, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” Or these Holy Spirit inspired words from Paul, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”