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Why do families fight and break apart? Why do corporations steal and cheat? Why do we struggle with arrogance and anger? Why are we elated one moment and depressed the next?
Why do nations threaten to go to war? Why are others committed to peace or neutrality? Why do societies campaign for liberty, equality, and justice?
Why are certain individuals devout, courageous with their faith, and zealous for evangelism? Why are others indifferent or staunchly opposed to a religious faith of any kind?
It may not be obvious at first, but there are two things that link all these human beings together: a predisposition for glory and a hunger for truth.
Glory And Truth
By God’s design, human beings were hardwired, or predisposed, for glory. A glorious God created a glorious world, and he gave us powerful sensors to experience this glory. But these experiences were never meant to satisfy our souls; they were designed to point us to the Creator, with whom we existed in an all-satisfying relationship.
When sin entered the world, everything changed. Human beings became disconnected from the Creator, and we developed the ability to look glory in the face and not see glory. When our eyes are blind to the glory of God, we waste our lives chasing the silly, unfulfilling, and destructive distractions of the fallen world.
But we weren’t only predisposed for glory – God placed within us a hunger for truth. No rational human being is unconcerned about truth. We want to know the truth, we want to think we're right about the truth, and we want assurance that what we think is true is actually true. You can’t divide human beings into those who are truth seekers and those who aren't; what divides us is where we look for truth.
Again, when sin entered the world, everything changed. We developed the ability look at what was true and not see truth. We began to esteem foolishness and denigrate wisdom. We still hunger for the truth, but we cannot see the truth that alone satisfies our hunger, so we pursue the silly, unfulfilling, and destructive follies of the fallen world.
Human beings can be very complex and diverse creatures, but at the core of who we are, we all exist with a predisposition for glory and a hunger for the truth.
A Book About Glory And Truth
If you want to learn more about your predisposition for glory and your hunger for truth, you need to pick up John Piper’s newest resource, A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness. In a masterful way, Piper weaves the concepts of glory and truth together in the pages of this book.
At some point, every Christian is confronted with this question: is the Bible - the books that make up the Old and New Testaments - completely true? It's a question of faith that cannot be circumvented. It must be finally answered if your searching heart is ever going to find rest.
But there’s something deeper that every Christian must also recognize: this quest for truth is actually a quest for glory.
Piper powerfully depicts how our predisposition for glory and our hunger for the truth intersect on the pages of God's holy Word. In expert fashion, he teaches how the glory of God in Scripture demonstrates its truthfulness. He says, "We know Scriptures to be true, not because our light shows them to be so, but because their divine light shines with its own unique, all-enlightening, all-exposing glory."
To say that the Bible is true is not a guess, a wager, or a leap, because the glory of God in and through his written Word is a real, objective, and self-authenticating reality. This is the Bible's purpose - to display that glory - and the capability of Scripture to do this reveals the handiwork of the glory of God for which every human heart longs, whether they know it or not.
There’s one more game changing observation that Piper makes: the glory that is revealed in Scripture which authenticates its truthfulness is not a general glory, but a specific self-authenticating glory.
The Bible is trustworthy, not just because of its ability to deeply impress and dazzle us, and not just because of the preponderance of the glory it reveals to us, but because it presents to us a specific and divine glory: "the utterly unique glory of Jesus Christ."
Our hunger for the truth is actually a hunger for glory, and our hunger for glory is actually a hunger for the glory that is Jesus. Scripture is trustworthy because it alone is able to display that Jesus-glory and satisfy our hunger once and for all.
I Love This Book
I loved reading A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness. I so appreciate the impact it had, and will continue to have, on both my love for Scripture and my worship of my Savior. I am deeply grateful for John Piper and the journey he leads readers on through the pages of this wonderful book - a masterful statement for the unique truthfulness of God's Word.
But this book is more. In it, you’ll be confronted with the devastating damage that sin has on all of us. In it, you’ll be encouraged by the grace of the rescue in the illumining power of the Spirit. In it, the eyes of your heart will see the heart-changing, life-altering glory of God in the person and work of Jesus once again.
Yes, this is a book about the truthfulness of Scripture - and it accomplishes that task thoroughly - but it’s so much more. So go out and buy this book even, if you don’t have harbor doubts about the Old and New Testaments.
Take the journey with the knowledgeable and seasoned guide that John Piper is. Like me, you’ll be so glad you did.
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