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The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe. God’s providence carries his plans into action, guides all things toward his ultimate goal, and leads to the final consummation.
Pastor and author John Piper draws on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry to lead readers on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Exploring the goal, nature, and extent of God’s purposes for the world, Piper offers an invitation to know the God who holds all things in his hands yet remains intimately involved in the lives of his people.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Four Invitations
A Definition and a Difficulty Chapter 1: What Is Divine Providence? Chapter 2: Is Divine Self-Exaltation Good News?
Part 1: The Ultimate Goal of Providence Section 1: The Ultimate Goal of Providence Before Creation and in Creation Chapter 3: Before Creation Chapter 4: The Act of Creation
Section 2: The Ultimate Goal of Providence in the History of Israel Chapter 5: Overview: From Abraham to the Age to Come Chapter 6: The Exodus Unfolds Chapter 7: Remembering the Exodus Chapter 8: The Law, the Wilderness, and the Conquest of Canaan Chapter 9: The Time of the Judges and the Days of the Monarchy Chapter 10: The Protection, Destruction, and Restoration of Jerusalem
Section 3: The Ultimate Goal of Providence in the Design and Enactment of the New Covenant Chapter 11: The Designs of the New Covenant Chapter 12: Christ’s Foundational Act in Establishing the New Covenant Chapter 13: The Entrance of Sin into Creation and the Glory of the Gospel Chapter 14: The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People
Part 2: The Nature and Extent of Providence Section 1: Setting the Stage Chapter 15: Knowing the Providence of the God Who Is
Section 2: Providence over Nature Chapter 16: The Loss and Recovery of a Theater of Wonders Chapter 17: Earth, Water, Wind, Plants, Animals
Section 3: Providence over Satan and Demons Chapter 18: Satan and Demons Chapter 19: The Ongoing Existence of Satan
Section 4: Providence over Kings and Nations Chapter 20: Israel’s Divine King Is King of the Nations Chapter 21: Human Kingship and the King of Kings Chapter 22: To Know and Rejoice That the Most High Rules
Section 5: Providence over Life and Death Chapter 23: A Bath of Truth and the Gift of Birth Chapter 24: “The Lord Has Taken Away; Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” Chapter 25: We Are Immortal till Our Work Is Done
Section 6: Providence over Sin Chapter 26: Natural Human Willing and Action Chapter 27: Things We Know and Do Not Need to Know Chapter 28: Joseph: God’s Good Meaning in a Sinful Act Chapter 29: Israel Hated, Pharaoh Hardened, God Exalted, Helpless Saved Chapter 30: Broken Families Chapter 31: Deception and Dullness of Heart Chapter 32: “Though He Cause Grief, He Will Have Compassion” Chapter 33: A Wickedness God Especially Abhorred
Section 7: Providence over Conversion Chapter 34: Our Condition before Conversion Chapter 35: Three Biblical Pictures of How God Brings People to Faith Chapter 36: Saving Faith as the Gift of Providence Chapter 37: Driven Back to the Precious Roots of Election
Section 8: Providence over Christian Living Chapter 38: Forgiveness, Justification, and Obedience Chapter 39: God’s Command-and-Warning Strategy Chapter 40: “Those Whom He Called . . . He Glorified” Chapter 41: Blood-Bought Zeal for Good Works Chapter 42: “Working in Us That Which Is Pleasing in His Sight” Chapter 43: Killing Sin and Creating Love by Faith
Section 9: The Final Achievement of Providence Chapter 44: The Triumph of Missions and the Coming of Christ Chapter 45: New Bodies, New World, Never-Ending Gladness in God
Conclusion: Seeing and Savoring the Providence of God