Hi, everybody -

I've compiled a list of statements from John Piper (using the posts that Chris Duncan posted) on conditions. This is really incredible stuff. I've never heard anyone who professes to believe in the doctrines of grace come out so blatantly for conditionalism. It's usually a lot more subtle. But Piper just comes out and says that there are certain things (including some of God's grace) that are conditional!

Take care,

Marc


Statements from John Piper:

<<When the Old Testament says that covenant-keeping is the condition for receiving God's lovingkindness, that's what it meant. (Future Grace)>>

<<All the covenants of God are conditional covenants of grace--both the old covenant and the new covenant. They offer all-sufficient future grace for those who keep the covenant. (Future Grace)>>

<<But what it does mean is that almost all future blessings of the Christian life are conditional on our covenant-keeping. (Future Grace)>>

<<Not everybody is saved from God's wrath just because Christ died for sinners. There is a condition we must meet in order to be saved. I want to try to show that the condition, summed up here as repentance and faith, is conversion and that conversion is nothing less than the creation of a Christian Hedonist. (Desiring God)>>

<<New birth is not conditional. No act of ours brings it about. It is supernatural. Final salvation from future judgment is conditional. It will not happen apart from our persevering faith. (Desiring God)>>

<<But if "salvation" refers to our future deliverance from the wrath of God at the judgment and entrance into eternal life, then yes, conversion is a condition of salvation. When we cry, `What must I do to be saved?" we are asking how to be forgiven for sin, and have fellowship with God and escape from the wrath to come. The answer is always, Meet the condition: Be converted! (Desiring God)>>

<<Saving faith is no simple thing. It has many dimensions. "Believe on the Lord Jesus" is a massive command. It contains a hundred other things. Unless we see this, the array of conditions for salvation in the New Testament will be utterly perplexing. (Desiring God)>>

<<Jesus himself answered the question in a variety of ways. For example, he said in Matthew 18:3 that childlikeness is the condition for salvation: "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never see the kingdom of heaven." In Mark 8:34-35 the condition is self-denial: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it." In Matthew 10:37 Jesus lays down the condition of loving him more than anyone else: "He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." The same thing is expressed in 1 Corinthians 16:22-"If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed." And in Luke 14:33 the condition for salvation is that we be free from the love of our possessions: "Whoever does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." These are just some of the conditions that the New Testament says we must meet in order to inherit final salvation. We must believe on Jesus and receive him and turn from our sin and obey him and humble ourselves like little children and love him more than we love our family, our possessions or our own life. This is what it means to be converted to Christ. This alone is the way of life everlasting. (Desiring God)>>

<<Unconditional election does not mean that our final salvation or condemnation is unconditional. ("The Fame of His Name and the Freedom of Mercy").>>

<<There is a real condition that has to be met for justification - namely faith in Jesus Christ. And there are real conditions that have to be met for damnation, namely, hardness and unbelief. There is a real choice that we make which unites us with Christ so that we are clothed with his righteousness and have eternal life. And there is real choice that we make - in Adam and in ourselves - which is resistant to the truth and deserving of condemnation. ("The Fame of His Name and the Freedom of Mercy")>>

<<For example, the biblical concept of unmerited, conditional grace is nearly unintelligible to many contemporary Christians who assume that unconditionality is the essence of all grace. To be sure, there is unconditional grace. And it is the glorious foundation of all else in the Christian life. But there is also conditional grace. For most people who breath the popular air of grace and compassion today, conditional grace sounds like an oxymoron--like heavy feathers. So, for example, when people hear the promise of James 4:6, that God "gives grace to the humble," many have a hard time thinking about a grace that is conditional upon humility. Or, if they hear the precious promise that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28, KJV), they scarcely allow themselves to ponder that this promise of grace is conditional upon our being called and our loving God. (Future Grace)>>

<<How do faith and love relate as prerequisites for final salvation? This book is a response to questions like these. (Future Grace)>>

<<But there are cherished parts of our salvation that are conditional. The condition of justification is faith. "A man is justified by faith apart form works of the Law" (Romans 3:28; 5:1; Galatians 2:16; 3:24). The condition of sanctification is also faith. "God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by...faith in the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:13). The condition of final glorification is persevering in this same faith and hope. "[God will] present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel" (Colossians 1:22-23). (Future Grace)>>

<<Some great works of grace are unconditional and some are conditional. Election and new birth are not conditional on any human act. God does them freely without reference to our works or our faith. Justification, sanctification and final glorification, however, are all conditional upon faith. These are still acts of great grace. But God has ordained to make this grace a response to faith, whereas the grace of election and new birth precede and produce faith. (Future Grace)>>

<<It should be plain from this, that fulfilling conditions does not imply earning anything or meriting anything. Grace is still free, even when it is conditional. There is such a thing as unmerited, conditional grace. (Future Grace)>>

<<Therefore the two conditions of Romans 8:28 are simply clarifications of what it really means to trust God for this great promise of future grace. Trusting him for this promise is not merely believing that he will work for your good. You can believe that and be wrong. It means looking through the promise to the one who promises, and by grace--that is, by his sovereign call--apprehending in him the spiritual worth and beauty that will go on satisfying your heart forever; and then embracing that beauty as your chief treasure above all that the world can give. This is the meaning of loving God, and this is the essence of faith in future grace. When you have this faith--when you fulfill this condition by God's gracious call--God works all things together for your good. The promise of future grace is conditional. But it is not earned. And it is not merited. It is believed, trusted, hoped in. And the essence of this belief and trust and hope is that we are satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus. (Future Grace)>>

<<We are not saying that final salvation is unconditional. It is not. We must meet the condition of faith in Christ in order to inherit eternal life. ("What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism")>>


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