John Piper is the founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, A Peculiar Glory, and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
At last year’s Pipeline Church Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN, John Piper encouraged leaders and let them know about his favorite verse in all of the Bible.
The entire video is above, and the complete transcript is below.
When all is said and done, we owe every good in our lives to blood-bought grace.
When I use the word “blood-bought”, which is one of my favorite hyphenated adjectives, I mean it and I love it. Because it is built on my favorite verse in the Bible: Romans 8:32. “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how shall He not, with Him, freely give us all things?”
Now the logic of that verse is the most beautiful logic in the universe. Since He did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all. Us, believers. Because the rest of this verse doesn’t count for anybody but believers. Since He did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all. Us, the elect. Us, the believers. Therefore, He will most certainly give us absolutely everything we need to get to heaven and glorify His name.
That’s my favorite verse in the Bible because it relates everything to Christ crucified. As the One who purchased, blood-bought everything that’s good in my life or that’s bad that God turns for good. Without the cross, nothing, nothing good for us. Only hell. If you didn’t wake up in hell this morning, it was a good day.
And it was that for one reason, He did not spare His own Son.