I always have the same few books laying around my bedside. One is Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper. One reason I stay so close to this book besides the Bible is that my heart is easily swayed by this world and it’s temptations to conform me to it as opposed to conforming myself to Christ therefore preaching the Gospel is essential in the battle in my life. Below is an excerpt from this short book from his chapter: Christ Suffered and Died to Bring us to God
But what is the ultimate good news? It all ends in one thing: God himself. All the words of the gospel lead to him, or they are not gospel. For example, salvation is not good news if it only saves from hell and not for God. Forgiveness is not good news if it only gives relief from guilt and doesn’t open the way to God. Justification is not good news if it only makes us legally acceptable to God but doesn’t bring fellowship with God. Redemption is not good news if it only liberates us from bondage but doesn’t bring us to God. Adoption is not good news if it only puts us in the Father’s family but not in his arms.
This is crucial. Many people seem to embrace the good news without embracing God. There is no sure evidence that we have a new heart just because we want to escape hell. That’s a perfectly natural desire, not a supernatural one. It doesn’t take a new heart to want the psychological relief of forgiveness, or the removal of God’s wrath, or the inheritance of God’s world. All these things are understandable without any spiritual change. You don’t need to be born again to want these things. The devils want them.
1 Peter 3:18