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The Justification of God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 9:1-23 [Paperback]

By John Piper (Author)
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A careful, reasoned study of the doctrine of election. Piper dissects Paul's argument to highlight the picture of God and his righteousness painted in Romans 9.

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John Piper presents a careful, reasoned study of the doctrine of election. He dissects Paul's argument to highlight the picture of God and his righteousness painted in Romans 9. Undergirded by his belief that the sovereignty of God is too precious a part of our faith to dismiss or approach weak-kneed, Piper explores the Greek text and Paul's argument with singular deftness.

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Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.91" Width: 6" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1993
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Age  18
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801070791  
ISBN13  9780801070792  

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More About John Piper

John Piper John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.

John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.

John Piper has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Ministeriales
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  4. Swans Are Not Silent

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Must Read!  Oct 2, 2006
During a meeting at the Cove Piper suggested to me that this book is the least readable of all his books. It is NOT user-friendly to the non-Greek Bible student, in fact, this book was the catalyst for my own three year journey in Greek studies at a local Bible college.
This book covers every argument and every objection to the Reformed interpretation using sound Biblical exegesis. Piper meets the text at every level of Greek grammar and syntax and unpacks God's truth for his readers in plain English.
You'll be a Calvinist after reading this book  Apr 19, 2005
You ever wonder why Calvinists are Calvinists? Why many evangelicals believe in double predestination? How God can still be righteous even though He has decreed to elect only a certain portion of mankind? Those who want an excellent treatment of one of the most difficult topics of Christian theology should look here. In this book, John Piper tackles Romans 9:1-23 to show why the Bible teaches Calvinism. Without letting dogmatic and philosophical presuppositions guide his exegesis, Piper deals with the text as it is by examining the passage in its original language (Koine Greek). The work is heavily exegetical, but surprisingly easy to read (though knowing some Greek will help for sure). Piper goes over the passage section by section (Romans 9:1-5, 6-13, 14-18, and 19-23). He starts off using Romans 9:1-13 as a launching pad which reaches its climax in 9:19-23. It is well structured and organized. Piper sets up his argument by examining the redemptive-historical place of physical Israel (chapter 2). If Israel is God's elect people, why are the majority under His wrath in the present time? What has happened to God's righteousness and faithfulness? Piper, in a very convincing manner, explains that God's promise and faithfulness (according to Paul) have not failed because only a faithful remnant within physical Israel were/are saved. Also, God will someday save corporate/physical Israel near the end of the age (cf. Romans 11:25-26). Thus, God is not unjust. However, Piper does an excellent job still explaining why God is still just and righteous when He only elects a certain number among mankind for His salvific benefits--to display His glory and honour His own name. Piper also deals with the idea of the "righteousness of God" in Romans 3 (chapters 7-8): God's righteousness being not bestowing some righteousness unto sinners (Luther), but to act for His own name's sake and to show His glory (many may agree with Luther, but Piper's view cannot be ignored). He also explains what Exodus 33:19 means within the context of Romans 9, and explains what the "righteousness of God" means in the Old Testament (chapter 6)--which is basically the same as the Pauline meaning in Romans 3. Throughout the book, Piper basically tries to refute the common non-Calvinistic way of interpreting Romans 9. Romans Catholics and Arminians often argue that Romans 9 deals with national and/or temporal matters. Piper, through convincing exegesis, argues that Paul was dealing with individual and eternal matters. This is a good book that will vindicate God and the way He deals with the world and humanity. Piper's book should be read in all seminaries (Calvinistic and non-Calvinistic alike) in advanced theology courses. However, a note of caution should be mentioned. When Piper first wrote this book (1983) he was still highly influenced by his former teacher Daniel Fuller. One may notice some spots where he holds to the typical Kasemannian/Stuhlmacherian view of justification (i.e., justification by faith and law-keeping). Overall, though, this is a good book that should be read by all who are interested in what the Bible teaches on predestination.
Learn an Exegetical interpretation of Romans 9  Mar 19, 2004
I rate this book a 4 only to let the buyer know that there is some difficulty with it. In truth, I rate it a 5 for myself. This book makes a thorough exegetical interpretation of Romans 9.

You will learn why God is Justified in condemning sinners when He has "made me like this". You will learn how God is glorified is their condemnation. This book is very meaty and will take some thought. You may even have to re-read chapters to digest the wonders of the passage.

The negatives of this book certainly do not outweigh any of the positives. Many evangelicals desire meaty sermons, but when given one more than 20 mnutes, they complain. This book is not for the wimpy Christian who says he wants to grow in the Grace and knowledge, but only reads the "purpose Driven Church" style of books. It also quotes the Biblical text in their original languages, therefore it is not friendly to the layman in that regard. Trust me though, I can not read Greek, and I found the book to be a humbling experience in the light of God's truth being presented.

To my knowledge, no one has ever given an exegetical refutation of this work. A must for anyone desiring to grow in their understanding of God's Sovereignty.

God Bless

The best Reformed treatment of Romans 9  Oct 18, 2003
This book is definitely a sound defense of predestination theology and is one of the best books on the subject, period. Dr. Piper systematically goes through Romans 9: 1-23 and analyzes the text in the original Greek. Piper is a capable and qualified exegete and his knowledge of the Greek language and grammar is excellent. I believe that Piper does an excellent job of supporting his thesis and backing it up with solid exegesis, but there are still some lingering questions I have, and I don't believe this work is above scholarly criticism.

The positive aspects of this work are it's solid scriptural exegesis and it's coherent and cohesive system of argumentation. Piper does an awesome job of demonstrating why he believes the Reformed view of individual predestination is correct, and he supports his argument with solid evidence. I really wish someone from the opposing camp would produce a work of this calibre. Also, Piper's work is heavily supported by scholars and the research is simply phenomenal. Dr. Piper is to be applauded for his work because he doesn't ignore and brush aside objections or differing interpretations to his views, but instead interacts with them and shows why he believes they are incorrect. Finally, this work is very convincing and many if not most will find themselves agreeing with Piper's thesis by the time they finish this book.

That being said, I am not fully convinced that Piper's argument is correct for several reasons. First, Piper's opening defense hinges on the thesis that the list of privileges announced in Romans 9: 4-5 are soteriological in essence. Piper builds his case by showing that a word like uiothesia means divine sonship and is always used in reference to God's saving purpose. I wasn't convinced by this argument because the Old Covenant, or the Sinaitic Covenant, was by nature not a saving covenant. The book of Deuteronomy proves this over and over again because the whole purpose of this Covenant with Israel was to bestow physical and earthly blessings and not spiritual and salvific blessings. In fact, nowhere does God promise the Israelites salvation in return for obedience to the covenant in the Old Testament. Yes, physical Israel was called God's son in the Old Testament but this never implied salvific priviliges or rights. Second, I think Piper overlooks a key phrase in Romans 9:8 and that is the term "children of the promise." Properly understood, I think this phrase provides the key answer to Paul's question as to why not all of physical Israel is saved. In Galatians 3: 15-22 Paul deals with this issue and provides the answer as to exactly who or what constitutes spiritual Israel. The Jews were contending that since they were Abraham's natural descendants they must be saved since God made this promise to Abraham and to his seed. The Jews misunderstood the word seed and believed it meant all of Abraham's descendants. Paul refutes this idea and illustrates that the promise was made to Abraham and to his seed(singular), and that this seed is Jesus Christ. Therefore, in Paul's mind there are two Israel's: one is natural or fleshly Israel, and the other is the spiritual Israel or the children of the promise. I think Piper's idea of the two Israel's being the Israel of the flesh and the Israel of the election does not cohere with the total view of Pauline theology that is constructed from all of his works. Thus, Paul answers his objectors by showing that not all Israel is saved because not all Israel are children of the promise and that is what counts towards salvation.

In addition, Piper's insistence that faith is subsumed under the aegis of the actions of willing and running is extremely suspect. To support this view Piper refers to Galatians 5:7 and I Thessalonians 1:3 to prove that faith is an action of willing. Galatians 5:7 has nothing to do with this subject, and could only be remotely related if 5:6 is intended to be referenced as well. Galatians 5:6 speaks of one's faith working or operating through love; The Greek word energeia describes an operation, and therefore this verse is describing how one's faith works or operates, it says nothing about faith being a work. Therefore, Piper's reference to Galatians 5:7 is unwarranted and does not support his point. Similarly, I Thessalonians 1:3 seems to have in mind works of faith or an operative faith and not faith as a work. So again this verse does not support Piper's view that faith is some kind of work included under Paul's willing and running categories. The Greek word for faith is pistis and simply means trust. If I trust that an airplane will get me from point A to point B without crashing does my trust in that airplane's ability contribute to or faciliate it's operation? Obviously not!

For those of you who are confused about the 4 stars after reading this review don't be. This book is an excellent and scholarly piece of literature and one that nicely defends it's viewpoint. That being said, I did not agree with parts of it and that is why this review contains more criticism than praise. If you are a Calvinist looking to your strengthen your beliefs then read this book, if you are an Arminian wishing to challange your views then read this book.

Best Calvinist work on Romans 9...  Dec 12, 2002
...however, it doesn't address the argument of the person who had the best non-calvinistic explanation of Romans 9... (drum roll please)... Arminius!! Piper in a calm and persuasive manner goes inch by inch through each verse and utterly demolishes the hypothesis that Romans 9 discusses nations, not individual destinies. However, that wasn't Arminius' premise (which in some places is remarkably similar to Piper's) and the fact that Piper didn't go over verse 30 leaves a hole in his explanation that's big enough to drive a truck through. For all of its in depth analysis of the Greek and Hebrew, the book is still extremely readable and a good page turner. Anyway, if you are an Arminian, you will most likely have your views challenged in a good way and if you're a Calvinist, you will probably walk away from it satisfied, but look around for Arminius' explanation, you might be pleasantly suprised that there are legitimate intellectual reasons for being an Arminian.

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