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God Is the Gospel

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  1,748 ratings  ·  83 reviews

God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in
our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6

This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading
that God himself, as revealed in Christ's death and resurrection,
is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel.

None of Christ's gospel d

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Published September 8th 2005 by Crossway
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Valerie Kyriosity
I love to listen to John Piper. I find him much more difficult to read. Whenever someone calls this guy or that guy from a hundred or two years ago "the last Puritan," I wonder if they've ever read a Piper book, 'cuz he sure writes like one -- very thorough, somewhat repetitive, and densely good. All three of those things combine to make such authors slow going for the likes of me. So...nearly four years later (including long periods of neglect), I'm finally done reading God is the Gospel.

Wendy Rabe
Actually, we are watching a DVD series based on this book. Piper says if you could be happy in a heaven full of all the good gifts from God, all of your loved ones and none of the bad of this world, but no Jesus -- you don't understand the Gospel. Jesus is more than just the ticket to heaven that gets tossed away once you get there. The good news of the Gospel is that our reward is God Himself. We will have intimate companionship with Jesus forever in eternity: "Whom have I in heaven but you? An ...more
Douglas Wilson
Wonderful book. Full of seeds, sufficient to plant orchards.

As soon as I finished it in November 2010, I went back to the beginning and started over again, which I rarely (if ever) do. Just finished again, March 2011.
This book was incredible. I devoured it. I really learned to focus on God rather than Gods Blessings. My reward is not entering into heaven, But Jesus himself!
Brett Mclaughlin
I should start by saying that I find John Piper best live or on video. There's something about seeing him, animated and moving, that makes him both (1) easier to understand, and (2) more enjoyable. In fact, full disclosure, I find that he can be a bit repetitive for my tastes in print. Then again, he's unpacking these massive, earth-shattering, mind-altering truths that bear repeating, so it's hard to blame his style or repetition.

All that out of the way, "God is the Gospel" is a fantastic book.
Finally, I have finished reading God is the Gospel! I really like John Piper's writing, but it seems I can usually only stand it for a few pages at a time. He's just so deep theologically, and it takes me days sometimes to mull over what he is saying. However, two days ago I felt a new determination to FINISH my original 100 Books List before December of this year. So I got through the second half of God is the Gospel in just two days. I'm so happy! It is a huge accomplishment--it feels even big ...more
I'm glad I read this book because doing so has led to lots of reflection about the meaning of the gospel the centrality of God.

Piper writes the book to address the fallacy that "I love the Gospel because of what God did for me." That is a worthy goal, but his reductionism and hyperbole just aren't convincing. Well, they did convince me (once again) that I am not a Calvinist. The sovereignty of God is a truth that does not suffice as the answer to every question. In fact, it can become a glib non
Heather Denigan
I loved this book. Full of comfort and encouragement. If you've felt uncomfortably cool towards the usual Gospel presentation or ever beat yourself up for not getting excited enough about "what Jesus did for me" or evangelism, this is for you. I always felt like the usual narrative somehow missed me--like it was written by and to a certain personality and not for all people. Piper points to God as the ultimate delight and treasure and rest and teleology of our hearts--not the narrative. Piper wr ...more
Apr 30, 2009 Stevie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren Petrick, Lynda Infante, Jordan Brooks, Tom Weiner
Shelves: spiritual-kog
As usual, Piper hit a home run. I honestly prefer his preaching, but his writing is worthwhile also. I was challenged with the idea that God Himself is the ultimate end and ultimate good of the Gospel and nothing else.

Poignant Quotes:

And not one gospel blessing will be enjoyed by anyone for whom the gospel’s greatest gift was not the Lord himself.

When I say that God is the Gospel I mean that the highest, best, final, decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would be good, is the
This book was helpful in the fact that it makes a very important point: that the good news of the gospel is much more than the fact that Jesus died and rose again, that we are forgiven, that we get to go to heaven. The real point behind it all is that those things are all great gifts from God, but the true reason that the gospel is good news is that Jesus' sacrifice allows us the greatest gift which is to know and be with God himself and all His glory.

The problem with this book though is that it
Daniel Guzmán
This is an amazing book for the Christian to see what is the infinite value of God compared to all His gifts of grace. Each section shows more and more the importance to exalt God above all He gave us out of mercy.

For the reader interested in see the true purpose of the Gospel and it's primary Goal to show God through Christ as He truly is in all His glory. For the Christian who truly loves God and wants to be satisfied more and more in Him. For the scholar who lives out of joy for the supremac
Anthony Alvarado
A must read in light of our current resurgence of Gospel centeredness. Justification is a significant truth we tend to lack in our works based culture, but the point of the Gospel is not our forgiveness or justification or even merely escaping hell for heaven. The point us to see and savor the glory of God in the face of Christ. If we lose God as the greatest good the Gospel opens the door to, we lose it all. Tremendously helpful book by Piper.
Ian Hammond
This is the best book by John Piper that I have read. It has one point: the greatest gift of the gospel is God, Himself, without which all the other gifts of the gospel would not be good at all.
Josh Hair
This book changed my life a few years ago... I would recommend this book to anyone second to the Bible!
Adam Smith
What I love about Piper's books is that he doesn't waste time dealing with peripheral, tertiary matters. That means reading his books is no waste of time either. He gets to the main stuff quickly and often. And this book is clearly no exception.

He shows that the greatest thing that the gospel gives us is God himself. Christ's bloody death was not meaningless. Its ultimate purpose was to glorify God, and in so doing to bring us to enjoy God as our holy Father (cf. 1 Peter 3:18).

So if you're in ne
John Piper is such an interesting theologian because he does have some really good ideas that make a lot of sense--BUT THEN HE DRIVES THEM INTO THE GROUND. I had a similar reaction to this as I did to Love and Respect, in that the core concept is very interesting and, in this case, something I'd really like to pull apart. But instead of pulling it apart, Piper writes every chapter in defense of his thesis--blatantly so--such that it felt like reading one of my students' papers. Does every paragr ...more
Piper's books have yet to disappoint, and this book was anything but disappointing. Dr. John Piper has illuminated the Scriptures, by God's grace, in a magnificent way, showing simply that God is the gospel. God is the chief end of all things. God saves us, grows us, and blesses us with gifts, all to point toward his infinite glory.

Many Christians today idolize a specific aspect of the gospel, of which I am guilty as well. Some idolize God's love. Others place the highest value on the cross. Som
Wow. A must read and one I will be coming back to again. Inadvertently, it was also a great read in preparation for Easter. Here are some quotes:

"What makes all the events of Good Friday and Easter and all the promises they secure good news is that they lead us to God. "Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God" (1 Pet. 3:18). And when we get there, it is God himself who will satisfy our souls forever. Everything else in the gospel is me
KC McCauley
"The point of this book is that the Christian gospel is not merely that Jesus died and rose again; and not merely that these events appease God's wrath, forgive sin, and justify sinners; and not merely that this redemption gets us out of hell and into heaven; but that they bring us to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as our supreme, all-satisfying, and everlasting treasure" (167).

This has probably been one of the most influential books I have read on the gospel. With the gospel, we o
God is the Gospel is a good and passionate reminder that God himself is the best gift given to us in the gospel. This book is an important antidote to the me-ism and self-esteem-driven drivel that permeates so much contemporary pop Christian culture. This is also one of Piper's more exegetical books, with much extended reflection on Scripture.

But it doesn't live up to his earlier books, at least not for me. The freshness and vitality of Desiring God, The Pleasures of God, and Future Grace are no

The basic premise of this book is that God Himself is the final and greatest gift of the gospel, and that nothing in our Christian life or experience has value unless is leads us to “the glory of God in the Face of Jesus” (2 Cor. 4:6).

To start with, the book seems to become repetitive and a little tedious as every chapter hammers upon this same theme. However, over the last few chapters, something really began to touch me. Maybe the message was hitting home, or maybe my situation was putting me

I am overjoyed to say that I see and savor God in the gospel more than I ever have because of this book. The gospel is not good news unless it's end is to cause us to see and savor God in Christ. This is what we were made for and this is why Jesus died: So we can see the Glory of God and be amazed and its splendor and joy. Word's cannot describe the joy that the gospel brings to man's soul when it is righly understood as the Gift of seeing and savoring God in Christ.
Crystal Valdez
"Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

"One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple."

"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

Just some passages that come to mind
I quote
"Christ also suffered once for sins,
the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God.
1 P E T E R 3 : 1 8

When I say that God Is the Gospel I mean that the highest, best,
final, decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would
be good, is the glory of God in the face of Christ revealed for our everlasting

The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—
is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
friends you eve
Piper is always a difficult but rewarding read. At great length and often through the use of unnecessary repetition, Piper provides proof positive that God is indeed the gospel. That is, God himself is the reward -- not escaping death, not cheating hell, not even salvation in and of itself. None of the "gifts" of the good news is complete or glorious apart from its design to bring us to and give us God himself. Ultimately the question Piper poses is this: if you could have all that you want, hea ...more
Gary M.
Piper writes, "The point of this book is that the Christian gospel is not merely that Jesus died and rose again; and not merely that these events appease God's wrath, forgive sin, and justify sinners; and more merely that this redemption gets us out of hell and into heaven; but that they bring us to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ as our supreme, all-satisfying, and everlasting treasure."

Piper effectively makes the case, as he always does, that the highest aim of the gospel is not t
Jackie G.
Would you want to go to heaven if God was there but you were not guaranteed anything else? Do you see God as the supreme treasure of the universe and the goal behind the gospel? Piper delves into these questions and so much more in this book. He certainly challenges and encourages his readers with the gospel truth that God has broken into this world to give us more of himself!
In classic Piper theology the focus is on glorifying Christ. The Good News is not just that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead but that we might tressure Christ and love his beauty and glory. I especially liked the opening chapter where he defines the Gospel.
This book is classic Piper: dripping with Scripture, passionate about God's glory, and helpful. Piper shows again and again that the ultimate good of the gospel message is that we get God. The other benefits accomplished by Jesus in his life, death, and resurrection can only be called good news because they bring us to God. This message is refreshing, true, and foundational. I needed to read it again.

Though this book is short (less than 200 pages), I thought it could be even shorter. Piper does
I love it. Saturated with truth this book polishes the reality of the gospel. He forces the believer to ask questions about his/her belief. Such God the gift and complete joy of the gospel i responded to? Has it changed my life and completely uprooted what i once walked in? Do I worship the work of God, the gifts of God, heaven or ministry and not Him as the chief end of my worship? Does God satisfy all? This is a much needed message for ME and for the current american church that, at la ...more
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John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe
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“Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It's a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don't want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.” 164 likes
“The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—
is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and
all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties
you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no
human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with
heaven, if Christ were not there? ”
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