Recipient of His Grace

"The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 1:15-17 (ESV)

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The mind provides the kindling for the fires of the heart. Theology serves doxology. Reflection serves affection. Contemplation serves exultation. Together they glorify Christ to the full.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God, to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God’s glory is not scholarship but insurrection.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
…all thinking - all learning, all education, all schooling, formal or informal, simple or sophisticated - exists for the love of God and the love of man.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
But the solution to arrogant thinking - educated and uneducated - is not no thinking. It is the right kind of thinking.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
God’s wisdom makes the glory of God’s grace our supreme treasure. But man’s wisdom delights in seeing himself as resourceful, self-sufficient, self-determining, and not utterly dependent on God’s free grace.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
The fact that some people “know” these things and still sin means only that there is more to it than knowing, but not less.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
…relativism only looks humble but is inherently a cloak of pride.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
I love God because I know him. And I want to know him more because I love him.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
The corruption of our hearts is the deepest root of our irrationality.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
Part of maturity is the principle of deferred gratification. If you cannot embrace the pain of learning but must have instant gratification, you forfeit the greatest rewards of life.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
But this is an empty emotionalism where that joy is not awakened and sustained by true views of God for who he really is. That is mainly what the mind is for.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it. His glory is then received by the whole soul, both by the understanding and by the heart.
Jonathan Edwards
The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.
Mark Noll (The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind)
I will suggest that loving God with the mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things. Treasuring God is the essence of loving him, and the mind serves this love by comprehending (imperfectly and partially, but truly) the truth and beauty and worth of the treasure.
John Piper (Think: the Life of the Mind and the Love of God)
It’s about using the means God has given us to know him, love him, and serve people.
John Piper (Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God)