Piper on Pleasures

From John Piper’s most recent sermon on John 6:

Every honorable pleasure that we have in this world was designed to give a faint taste of heaven and make us hunger for Christ. Every partial satisfaction in this life is designed by God to point to the perfect satisfaction in Jesus, who made the world for Himself. The pleasures of warm bread should send our senses and our spirits to Christ, the bread of life. The pleasures of cold water on a hot day when we are really thirsty should send our sense and our spirits to Christ, the living water. The pleasures of light which makes all beauty visible should send all of our senses and spirits to the light of the world, Jesus Christ, which is why light exists. That’s why water exists. That’s why bread exists, and everything exists for Him. If you don’t know that, you are probably drowning in idolatry.

  1. #1 by Phil Miller on November 17, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    I actually respect John Piper to a large degree even though I disagree with much of what he has to say, but this quote sounds like pure gnosticism. What’s wrong with enjoying warm bread or cold water simply for what they are? Why do they have to spiritualized in such a way? Certainly every blessing comes from the Father ultimately, but this just strikes me as odd superspirituality. But then again I disagree with Piper’s assertion that God is a narcissist.

  2. #2 by Dave on November 17, 2009 - 12:41 pm


    I think you are over-reacting with the gnosticism bit; he’s saying that we should not prize the gifts without prizing the giver, without realizing that gifts ultimately point to the giver whom we should prize above all else.

  3. #3 by r. a. siedschlag on November 20, 2009 - 1:36 pm

    hmm, interesting food for thought, especially that last sentence.

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