Persuading, Pleading and Predestination: Human Means in the Miracle of Conversion
Why is Romans 9 in the Bible? More specifically, why do its seemingly hard truths — “Jacob I loved; Esau I hated” — immediately follow the riches of Romans 8 — “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”? John Piper gives an answer to these honest questions in his description of unconditional election. Far from something that hinders evangelism in the heart of the apostle Paul, we find this doctrine impels him to plead and persuade all those who are not-yet saved. So it should for us.
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John Piper 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 Noël, his wife of 53 years, and they have five children and 14 grandchildren.