Read It! - February 2023
The second coming of Christ is critical theme that emerges in the New Testament. Tragically, the blessed hope is often eclipsed by love for things of the world. John Piper sets out to challenge this problem in his new book, Come Lord Jesus. The goal of the book is to help readers love the second coming of Jesus Christ. Piper stands with Paul the apostle who wrote:
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)
Part 1: Reasons to Love Christ’s Appearing
Part one is the heart of the book and the most helpful part of the book. The author sets forth twelve reasons why followers of Christ should love his appearing. Each reason is grounded in God’s Word and loaded with encouragement.
Part 2: The Time of His Appearing
The second part of the book is the most controversial as Piper presents the rationale for the post-tribulational return of Christ. I urge pre-tribulational proponents to carefully weigh the arguments that the author proposes.
Part 3: How Then Shall We Live?
Finally, the book focuses on practical concerns that relate to the second coming of Christ. Readers are urged to be alert, patient, gentle, plug into the local church, and pray for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
As usual, John Piper “delivers the goods.” Come, Lord Jesus is a thoughtful book, packed with biblical wisdom and encouragement. Dr. Piper skillfully navigates the through the eschatological fog and points the way forward by focusing on the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. I commend Come, Lord Jesuswithout reservation and trust that God will use it to strengthen his people as they wait for the glorious return of his Son!
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