A Review of John Piper’s God is the Gospel

It is fitting that in the course of providence, this book happens to be the topic of review as we approach the Christmas season. At time when most people in America will be so wrapped up in preparing meals and buying presents, they will likely forget all about Jesus Christ. It is important to be reminded about the significance of a passage like Isaiah 9:6, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Yet when was the last time that we stopped to remember what the greatest gift of the gospel really is?
God is the Gospel serves to remind to all of us that the greatest gift of the gospel is being able to see and savor “the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 6:6). As Piper writes,

    Justification is not an end in itself. Neither is forgiveness of sins or the imputation of righteousness. Neither is escape from hell or entrance into heaven or freedom from disease or liberation from bondage or eternal life or justice or mercy or the beauties of a pain free world. None of these facets of the gospel-diamond is the chief good or highest goal of the gospel. Only one thing is: seeing and savoring God Himself, being changed into the image of his Son so that more and more we delight in and display God’s beauty and worth. (pg. 44)

Piper then devotes the rest of the book to showing how “seeing and savoring God Himself” relates to various aspects of the gospel including: salvation, sanctification, evangelism, contrition, suffering, and even the enjoyment of the many blessing that are ours in Christ. The presentation of each topic is done a simple straight forward manner and is fueled by scripture and the wisdom of such men as Jonathan Edwards and John Owen.
So if you are looking for a book that will stimulate a greater appreciation for the gospel and cultivate a greater affection for your Redeemer, I would definitely recommend that you read this book. Or if you are simply looking for a gift for someone this Christmas, I would encourage you to consider getting them this book