Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Piper and Bunyan on the Imputation of Christ's Righteousness

John Piper in a sensational talk given at the Evangelical Theological Society on "Justification and the Diminishing Work of Christ", quotes John Bunyan:

One day as I was passing into the field... this sentence fell upon my soul. Thy righteousness is in heaven. And methought, withal, I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he wants [=lacks] my righteousness, for that was just [in front of] him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, “The same yesterday, today and, and forever.”...

Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations also fled away; so that from that time those dreadful scriptures of God [e.g. Hebrews 12:16-17] left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God.

Seems that the truth does indeed set you free; that's why Piper's ready to fight for it.

1 comment:

Chadd Sheffield said...

That is without a doubt precious enough to fight for...