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What Is Saving Faith? Reflections on Receiving Christ as a Treasure

, 2022
ISBN: 9781433578366

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What happens in the heart when it experiences real saving faith? John Piper argues that faith in Christ is not saving unless it includes what he calls “the affectional dimension of treasuring Christ.” Nor is God glorified as he ought to be unless he is treasured in being trusted. Saving faith in Jesus Christ welcomes him forever as our supreme and inexhaustible pleasure. What Is Saving Faith? explains that a Savior who is treasured for his all-satisfying worth is more glorified than a Savior who is only trusted for his all-forgiving competence. In this way, saving faith reaches its God-appointed goal: the perfections of Christ glorified by our being satisfied in him forever.

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  • Explores the affectional dimension of treasuring Christ
  • Explains that a Savior who is treasured for his all-satisfying worth is more glorified than a Savior who is only trusted for his all-forgiving competence
  • Part 1: The Roots of My Concern
  • Part 2: Seeing Reality through Six Hundred Lenses
  • Part 3: Receiving Christ as Our Supreme Treasure
  • Part 4: Christ, the Believer’s Treasure and Satisfaction
  • Part 5: Calling for Faith When Faith Is Affectional

Top Highlights

“So, to use more traditional theological terms, faith is the instrumental cause (not the ground) of our justification. Christ—including his blood and righteousness—is the ground. Faith is the receiving instrument.” (Page 16)

“What is its nature? Faith is not a theory. It is not an idea. It is experienced in the mind and heart, or we are not saved. That is important.” (Page 13)

“Does the very nature of saving faith include a treasuring of Christ as supremely valuable—that is, an affectional dimension that may hold the key to why saving faith necessarily severs the root of sin and bears the fruit of glad obedience?” (Page 32)

“This chapter deals with my fourth reason for digging into the affectional nature of saving faith—namely, my desire to see how justification by faith alone comes about when faith itself includes virtuous affectional elements.” (Page 47)

“This satisfaction in Christ is not merely a result of saving faith but part of what it is.11” (Page 34)

John Piper

John Piper (b. 1946) is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author who serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. Piper resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years, and has five children and 14 grandchildren.

Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.

In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper’s sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.

Several of Piper’s books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the Word, and God’s Passion for His Glory. The Crossway John Piper Collection (39 vols.) includes 39 titles from Piper, including Love Your Enemies and A Hunger for God. His preaching ministry of more than 30 years is available in the John Piper Sermon Archive (1980–2014).

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