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The Legal demands of the Law - by Michael Phillips
The Passion of Jesus Christ - Part 8 of 51
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Colossians 2:13-14
Nov 03, 2004 pm - Debt Canceled You can't judge a book by its cover. Several months ago John Piper published a small book called The Passion of Jesus Christ. When I saw the cover, I thought it was a cheap way of capitalizing on the Mel Gibson movie. When I read the book, I knew I was wrong. The book corrects the movie! While the film shows the suffering of a man crucified, the book explains why the Man suffered on the cross-and what His suffering means to the world. In fifty short chapters, John Piper explores the meaning of His pain and death. He tells us why God sent His Son to the Garden of Gethsemane, to the Jewish council, to the Roman court, and to the cross. Tonight we come to chapter 7. THE TITLE Christ suffered and died to cancel the legal demands of the Law against us. Dr. Piper has a real gift for writing. But in the title of this chapter, his gift has deserted him! The chapter itself is good, but not the title. Legal demands of the Law is redundant. What other kind of demand can the Law make? It's like saying, The emotional side of our feelings.This annoys me, but does no real harm to our understanding. But the other word does. Piper says Christ suffered to cancel the legal demands of ... More >>>

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