I nearly fell off my chair as I came to see Piper’s ETERNAL implication of the FUTURE tense as it applies to Justification. In his book “The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright”, in Appendix Six, the 7th point states:
“Even though we will one day be perfected in love, the totality of our existence, from conception to eternity, will never be a perfect one, because it will always include the first chapter of our fallen life. We will always be forgiven—that is, we will always be those who have sinned. We will always be in need of an imputed, alien righteousness and a sin-bearing Substitute for our right standing before God. In this way, Christ will be glorified forever in our salvation. We will forever lean on his righteousness and his sacrifice (Heb. 7:25; Rev. 5:9–10; 15:3).”
In other words, for John Piper there will never be a time where he will be fully justified, not on Earth and not in Heaven. The mindset of TOTAL DEPRAVITY results in the >>unlawful<< need for ETERNAL FORGIVENESS.
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