John Piper | – Why God Sanctifies Us Slowly

God could change you in an instant so you would never sin again. So why doesn’t he make us completely holy now?

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  1. I needed this today. I have never struggled in my faith like I have this year. Raised in the church and now 54 you'd think this would be behind me… But no. The struggle is real. I just prayed an angry prayer and then I came across this video

  2. I just read the whole chapter, 2nd Corinthians 4, it's talking about our bodies getting old and our spirits being renewed everyday. It evens warns the reader about misinterpreting the word given in this chapter. Verse 1:Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. 2nd Corinthians 4 verse 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed. (We are pressed but not crushed) how can we leak???? 10 to 12 explains what is always renewed in us. Verse 10: We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (Death of the body is at work in us. Life is at work in you, the power of Jesus renewed in us everyday day) nothing to do with leaking jars, we don't leak we get old. There is nothing about broken jars or leaking jars on this chapter. The interpretation presented on this video mixes being a sinner with God's power in us, it gives you a false senses that leaking or sinning is ok. When you accept Jesus as your savior you are ready, meaning your soul is ready, if you die or in anyway shape or form something happens you are ready to be in the presence of God. If you are leaking you are not ready. You are instantly sanctified and ready the second you truly repent, the greatest example is the thief on the cross next to Jesus, did he have time to be sanctified? No, we are sanctified and ready the second we truly repent and accept Jesus as your savior. We sin we repent and stay away or keep from what made us sin. There is another verse, it talks about overflow. Verse 15: All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God…..We are described as jars, when we are full of God love and power it overflow and we reach others. You can't overflow with a broken jar. If you feel like you are not santified nor ready ask God to make you a new jar, but don't stay leaking. Obedience to the 10 commandments is God's will for our life and in relationship with Him, follow them, not under the law but under grace, by your own choosing, by wanting to be obedience to His word, pray for help, the Holy Spirit will help you to follow them, it won't take long for things to change in your life. God bless you

  3. I'm don't understand/agree with this. If God sanctifies me completely right now, then wouldn't that mean I will never depart from the station, because I have a perfect relationship with God? I think pastor John is thinking of moral sanctification only, not our relationship with God.

  4. I love this. I am learning how to live and serve the Lord however I am struggling with loneliness and drug addiction. I pray for the strength to give God the pain do that I may be drug free and have people who love Jesus in my life. I am so grateful to be here. thank you Lord…please continue sanctifying my soul. Do what me as you will be done.




    Once-born people are incapable of logical reasoning and,
    therefore, the logo is for the twice-born people of discerning intellect called
    the “holy spirit”, surtti or “common sense”.

    So, if you want The Gospel, then you must think logically over
    your own heart. Thus, listen to everyone and ponder over it logically in your
    own heart. Then, the Gospel would be written over the living tablets of heart –
    2corn 3.


    the dead letters are “deadly poison” to The Gospel.


    Scriptures, the “dead letters” that
    the once-born people are taught in the universities and colleges, they
    are “old wines” or “milk for the babies”. This is the Jewish leaven
    which Jesus forbade.

    The twice-born people of “discerning
    intellect” are like the “birds of the air” capable of “logical
    reasoning” to brew the “New Wine” within
    their own hearts. For this, you need to be “impartial
    and unbiased” as the little children.

    Thus, you do not need to go to a university to know The Gospel but
    a heart burning for “The Gospel Treasures”.

    University degrees in “dead letters” will turn you into a super
    donkey carrying “Holy Books”. “Letter killeth, spirit
    giveth Life”.

    Typical Youtube Video on Son of God:-

    Son represents Father, so in Jesus, we are the sons of Elohim and
    we should display His qualities for Salvation.

    bastards versus supernatural Bastards.

  6. I needed to hear this message cuz I was like Lord remove the fear, remove the anxiety, I don't like struggling, and the biggest one for me is about him coming back and there's anxiety their what I realize is that he's draw me close to trust him in this process of sanctification. That is not about me but it's just finished work of Jesus Christ and I can trust him where it says he that began the work will also bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. God bless you John Piper God bless you man

  7. I'm a new follower of christ, this is my testimony

    I suffered a massive stroke 3years ago my stroke las
    ted for 5hours before I was able to receive medical treatment, the almighty gave this wretch grace and spared this sinners life, I will have a radical healing testimony to share soon, for , I have claimed the promise  of a 1,000 foldblessing  according to deuteronmy 1:11

    His promise cannot fall to ground, I look forward to sharing my healing testimony I’m only waiting for my decree to be established according to job ‪22:28‬ I declare and decree my wait is over I’m next in line for a miracle, blessed be the name of Jesus , his mighty name will be glorified through my healing testimony , may my testimony bring faith to others that are facing I’m tankful for this trial thank Your u father for allowing it to happen, I decree , I decree Isaiah 53:5 , &isiah 43:1, and isaiah61 it’s  I declare that this is my harvest search son please stand in agreement  I declare that a kairos month is in my horizon amen and amen  I was born 5 weeks premature  the doctors didn’t think I was going to make it so the chaplain  asked my parents if he could baptize me,from what I can gather 5 represents GODS grace and favor; hosanna!!

     Man says that I have permanent brain damage I declare in the mighty name of Jesus that my brain is completely restored by the 39 stripes of kingJesus hosanna!  there is a supernatural breakthrough on my pathway it’s at my doorstep i receive complete Devine restoration through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ please come into agreement  my brothers and sisters

    I decree and declare  in Christ Jesus complete supernatural complete Devine cell regeneration from head to toe I was 39 when I suffered my stroke glory to GOD  please come into agreement my brothers and sisters GOD bless all

    Matthew 18:19 King James Version (KJV)

    19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. I decree and declare a sudden supernatural breakthrough in the mighty name of Jesus  thank you for standing in agreement GOD bless thank you for standing in agreement GOD bless all  I decree and declare my dry season is over, I decree and declare that all Of GODs    Promises and prophetic words  spoken over me will come to pass, thank you for coming into agreement I decree and declare that every promise that GOD has spoken over me and that every prophetic word he has spoken over me will come to pass  thank you for standing in agreement GOD bless all of you you 

     My sprit man perceives he is doing a new thing!! Thank you Lord!!        

    ! Isaiah 43:19

    19 See, I am doing a new thing!

        Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

    I am making a way in the wilderness

        and streams in the wasteland

    Ezekiel 12:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    28 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “None of My words will be delayed any longer. Whatever word I speak will be fulfilled completely,”’” says the Lord God.

    Jeremiah 40:4 King James Version (KJV)

    4 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go. Let your kingdom come lord let your will be done on earth as in heaven in all areas of my life,
    Genesis 50:20 King James Version (KJV)

    20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
    Let your kingdom come ABBA, your will be done on earth as in heaven in all areas of my lifeDeuteronomy 30:3 English Standard Version (ESV)

    3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you, I'm believing GOD has restored everything that I've lost 1,000fold

  8. That repentance not only always follows faith, but is produced by it, ought to be without controversy (see Calvin in Joann. 1:13). For since pardon and forgiveness are offered by the preaching of the Gospel, in order that the sinner, delivered from the tyranny of Satan, THE YOKE OF SIN, AND THE MISERABLE BONDAGE of iniquity, may pass into the kingdom of God, it is certain that no man can embrace the grace of the Gospel without retaking himself from the errors of his former life into the right path, and making it his whole study to practice repentance. Those who think that repentance precedes faith instead of flowing from, or being produced by it, as the fruit by the tree, HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD ITS NATURE, AND ARE MOVED TO ADOPT THAT VIEW ON VERY INSUFFICIENT GROUNDS.

    <<SO FAR CALVIN>>>

    Justification is a work of God the Father and the Holy Spirit in us and without us. Justification and faith do not have a sequence in time but in order Faith- Justification but are simultaneously in time. Sanctification is a work of The Holy Spirit in us but not without us. Justification and SANCTIFICATION cannot be separated. There is no sanctification without justification or justification without sanctification, this even when sanctification is just a begin of regeneration through all our life. Faith is by Grace and the free gift of God. The Bible teaches us the Justification of the UNGODLY. [Made/ declared Righteous. Based only on the righteousness of Christ] Not a believer is justified. The UNGODLY chooses SIN by nature

    James 2: 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works [read FRUITS] is dead? Faith First then Fruits of Faith

    John 13: 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
    10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

    We are clean by the Blood of Christ but in our daily walk of life, everyday again we will have dirty feet we will keep sinning and need to repent, be Forgiven and forgive others and help our brethren to walk with the Lord.

  9. A glaring problem I have experienced with my fellow Christians is that they do not want to hear this. If you say, "I am struggling today," there is a very strong chance that you will be rebuked by another Christian for either "not having faith" or for "sinning". Well, that might be true, but the admonitions do not go to the heart of the matter; and the heart of the matter is that struggling is not abnormal for a follower of Jesus. It is far, far better to know this than to bang your head and heart against a stone.

  10. You don’t know how bad I neeeded to hear this im in so much pain from withdrawals I won’t go deep but y’all can fill in the blanks and Jesus Christ was the only reason I quit I promise you I wasn’t ever gonna quit if it wasn’t for Jesus Christ he saved me