And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For 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 4:3-6, ESV
Related: Referenced by John Piper in the message “Why I Trust the Scriptures.”
For eighteen centuries men have laboured to find some other medicine for weary consciences, but have laboured in vain. Thousands, after blistering their hands, and growing grey in hewing out ‘broken cisterns that can hold no water’ (Jeremiah 2:13), have been obliged to come back at last to the Old Fountain, and have confessed in their latest moments that here, in Christ alone, is true peace.
But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian. He cannot really feel his sins. He cannot love God. He cannot feel himself a debtor to Christ. He cannot long after holiness. He cannot desire heaven. He has yet to be born again. He has yet to be made a new creature. He may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope, and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if he does not pray.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
We have finally been able to open the registration for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in concert with the Together for the Gospel Conference. Registration is $15, and seating is limited, so be sure to sign up early if you plan on attending. Lunch is provided, and more information will be announced in the near future.
I will be updating the BoB blog in a semi-regular basis starting tomorrow, so those interested might want to subscribe to its feed to stay up to date on the details.
Related: This audio excerpt is from a message John Piper delivered at the 2004 Desiring God National Conference entitled “Sex and the Supremacy of Christ – Part 2.” You can read or download the message at Desiring God.