What Jesus Demands from the World

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The four Gospels are filled with demands from Jesus. These demands are Jesus’ way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. They are not harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, but rather loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. In fact, what Jesus demands from the world can be summed up as: “Trust and treasure me above all.” This is good news!

In What Jesus Demands from the World, John Piper looks at the demands of Jesus as found in...

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Overview

The four Gospels are filled with demands from Jesus. These demands are Jesus’ way of showing us who he is and what he expects of us. They are not harsh demands originating from a selfish desire to control, but rather loving directions for our good and ultimate satisfaction. In fact, what Jesus demands from the world can be summed up as: “Trust and treasure me above all.” This is good news!

In What Jesus Demands from the World, John Piper looks at the demands of Jesus as found in the four Gospels. He begins with an introduction that puts the demands in a redemptive-historical context, then engages in a concise examination of each. The result is an accessible introduction for thoughtful inquirers and new believers, as well as a refreshing reminder for more mature believers of God’s plan for his Son’s glory and our good. Now available in paperback.

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“This is now my favorite book by John Piper. In the best tradition of Adolf Schlatter’s Do We Know Jesus? and his ‘hermeneutic of perception,’ What Jesus Demands from the World has changed my life and will certainly change yours because it is based on the pure words of Jesus as revealed in the four Gospels. A must-read for every true follower of Christ.”
Andreas J. Köstenberger, Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This book is a special gift from the pen of John Piper. How long has it been since you carefully reflected upon the authoritative commands of Christ? Through these pages you will encounter the Savior and experience the transforming effects of the gospel. Few endeavors are more worthy of your time.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

“Scholars, popularists, and now even novelists are falling over each other today in a blind passion to discover an alternative Jesus to the One so magnificently portrayed in the biblical Gospels. In stark and refreshing contrast John Piper clear-sightedly grasps the obvious—the biblical Jesus is worth living for and dying for.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

“This is a peculiar book. It assumes that the four Gospels are true and unified. It assumes that Jesus not only does things for us but also makes demands of us. And it assumes that Jesus has authority over everyone regardless of their religion, gender, race, income, sexuality, nationality, or culture. You will likely not agree with every point. But you will hear from a Jesus who is more than a soft-spoken, effeminate, marginalized, Galilean hippie-peasant in a dress and has the peculiar notion that he alone is Lord.”
Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington; Founder, Resurgence; Co-founder, Acts 29; author, Death by Love

“The Christian gospel is more than just a wonderful offer of saving grace; it is a demand for supreme loyalty, for surrender to the lordship of Jesus. We forget this too easily in our contemporary church, besieged as we are by a philosophy of pluralism that rejects ultimate authority and a culture of rights that scorns submissiveness. But John Piper reminds us of the real truth: obedience to Christ’s commands is our absolute duty; yet, paradoxically, in his service is perfect freedom and joy!”
William J. U. Philip, Senior Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow

“John Piper reveals in his ‘Word to Biblical Scholars’ his familiarity with the literature and subject matter of the life and teachings of Jesus, and in his comments on the individual demands of Jesus he applies them to everyday living.”
Robert H. Stein, Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433520570
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 597,108
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    A MUST READ!

    This is one of the greatest books, apart from the Bible, you will ever read. In this amazing book, john piper explains what Jesus DEMANDS you do. That might sound like legalism, but think on this, we have hundreds of books on the promises of God but how many about Gods commands? Don't get me wrong Gods promises are important, simply put if its between the covers of Scriptures, its important. But there is a need for emphasis on Gods commands. Really this book is more of a commentary, really you just need to read it.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    A book could be written to refute the errors pertaining to divor

    A book could be written to refute the errors pertaining to divorce, (demands #40-42, pp.301-322) in John Piper's, "What Jesus Demands from the World". The premise of these demands is that all marriage is created by God and all divorce is sin. He erroneously teaches that because the New Covenant, the covenant between Christ and his church which is indissoluble only because it is guaranteed by God, is the pattern for human marriage and ALL marriages are also indissoluble. "And the point is that each marriage is "joined" in this way by God, because he tells us not to separate" (p.303.) Yet, through Piper's problematic doctrine, he ignores that God required the Israelites to divorce their foreign wives in Ezra 10. How is it then that Piper can accurately teach that God forbids divorce in ALL circumstances?

    On page 301, the first sentence of his divorce discourse, he writes, "Jesus demands that husbands and wives be faithful to their marriages." What follows is a wooden hermeneutic that forces faithfulness to the marriage institution, devoid of concern for persons, exactly as the Pharisees did in their rigid interpretation of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 23-28). For example, he writes that the marriage is still to be considered intact even if one of the parties has abandoned the other, which means that the abandoned spouse is NOT free to remarry. On page 310, he writes, "The woman who is forsaken by a man who leaves to marry another is called by Jesus to display the holiness of her marriage vows and the nature of the marriage covenant by not marrying another." Again, Piper writes on page 311, "This would mean that remarriage is wrong not merely when a person is guilty in the process of divorce, but also when a person is innocent." He teaches divorce for every reason is defined as "illegitimately leaving a marriage" and a very grave sin:

    "Marital sin is in the same category as lying and killing and stealing. If someone has lied, killed, stolen, or illegitimately left a marriage, the issue is not, can they be forgiven?" (p.320) However, according to this book, they will not be forgiven unless they acknowledge Piper's doctrine and repent of their sin. But if what Piper writes is true, that divorce, per se, is a sin, why is it not listed in at least one of the passages that specify heinous sin? (1 Cor. 5:9-11; 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 3:2-5)

    Piper implies that if one does not repent of divorce and remarriage, that person has committed the unpardonable sin:

    "The only unforgivable sin is the sin that we refuse to confess and forsake." (p. 320)

    "So the issue is with divorce or remarriage. It should not keep anyone out of fellowship with the believers of Jesus any more than a past life of robbery. But there should be a heartfelt confession of the sin committed and a renouncing of it and an affirming of what is right, just as with all other sins of the past." (p. 321)

    Page 321 teaches that if one is not convicted by Piper's "radical" teaching on divorce and remarriage, and repents for having divorced, regardless of the situation leading to the divorce, that person has comitted the unpardonable sin, (Piper cites Matt 12:31-32 and Mark 3:29 specifically.) Piper suggests that without satisfactory repentance for this 'sin', a divorced person should be kept out of Christian fellowship.

    I think it is unconscionable for Piper to cause victims of domestic violence more trauma as they are suspected of not being a Christian, and to make them think that they have committed the unpardonable sin for seeking to divorce an abuser or adulterer. Likely, their abuser's tactics of denigration and criticism have already caused them doubt concerning their standing with God. In churches where Piper's legalistic doctrine is practiced, this secondary trauma is being rained down on abuse victims and many are being discliplined for not adhering to this doctrine.

    In essence, Piper has added human works to the Gospel of God's forgiveness. Any sin not confessed (especially the `sin' of remarriage) will lead, according his teaching on page 320, to damnation. This is the same error that was rampant in the pre-reformation church, refuted in Article XI, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, concerning the naming of all sins as necessary for forgiveness. That section of the Apology addresses the situation when some 'added their own ideas", to what constituted sin and created "instruments of torture"-exactly as Piper does. Piper also states that we merit grace by contriteness, and this error was also refuted in The Apology, Article XIIa. But to make matters worse, Piper is laboring to bind others' consciences to what he has concluded is sin, that which the Holy Spirit and the Word has not condemned: divorcing for abuse, abandonment or adultery. This is like the pre-reformation church torturing the consciences of Christians for eating meat on Friday; however, Piper's laws are hasher. Not eating meat on Friday is much easier than trying to raise godly children in the presence of a psychopathic abuser or struggling financially after one's spouse has left them. He is truly tying up heavy burdens for God's people. (Matt. 23:4)

    Piper unbiblically teaches that one must follow this book's doctrine as "a test for his (Jesus') lordship over our lives" (p. 322), and to disagree with Piper's divorce teaching is reason to suspect that one is not a Christian. Pertaining to his decree that the divorced must remain unmarried, Piper writes, "The point is that the grace (or faithfulness in singleness and marriage) is the mark of a disciple... That is-whether you have ears to hear or whether you have grace to receive this call to radical respect for marriage-is the mark of being a follower of Jesus." (Page 318) He teaches that anyone divorced must follow his doctrine and live a life of forced celibacy to please Jesus, even if their former spouse has since remarried! (The fact that forced celibacy is against nature and does nothing to curb sinful desires was an error of the pre-reformation church and refuted in The Apology, Article XXIII.) Christ himself teaches that celibacy is a gift that not everyone is given in Matthew 19:11.

    In a previous Amazon review I wrote pertaining to Piper's book, "This Momentary Marriage" comments followed that discussed the impracticability and lack of empathy contained in his doctrine. Also discussed was that church discipline was lacking in the outworking of Piper's doctrine and the damage that churches cause abuse victims by following his 'no divorce ever' position and his teaching that the church body must confront the divorced or those considering divorce to "preserve the solid framework of the marriage covenant ... through the tough love of obedience" (p. 306). You won't find justice or mercy here either-only laws. In fact, although Moses delivered the perfect law, Piper states that Jesus came to deliver an even tougher law, through the Gospel, that we must keep. "Jesus is raising the standard of his disciples above what Moses allowed." (p. 304.) "His aim was that the standard of his followers would be higher than what the law allowed." (p. 306.) "Jesus set a higher standard for marital faithfulness than Moses or the Jewish teachers of his day." (p. 307.) Herein is the the proof that Piper teaches a false gospel of works-righteousness. The true Gospel is a proclamation of forgiveness of sin due to the merits of Christ. Piper's gospel is a list of impossible works, destined to cause Christians to despair and create hypocrites out of those who think they can keep them perfectly.

    As C. F.W. Walther wrote in his book, "L

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