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John Piper puts it this way:

If we only knew it, every one of us is stranded on an ice face in Greenland, and the wind is blowing fiercely. Our position is so precarious that even if we inhale too deeply our weight will shift and we will plunge to our destruction. God comes to us and says in that moment, “I will save you, and protect you from the storm. But there is a condition.” Your heart sinks. You know you can’t meet conditions. Your face is flat against the ice. Your fingernails are dug in. You can feel yourself giving way. You know that if all you do is move your lips you’re going to fall. You know that there is nothing you can do for God!

Then he speaks the gospel command: “My requirement,” he says, “is that you hope in me.” Now I ask, Is this not good news? What could be easier than to hope in God when all else is giving way? And that is all he requires. That’s the gospel.

SOURCCE: John Piper in "The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God’s Delight in Being God." Revised and Expanded Edition, (Multnomah, 2000), p. 199-200.

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