Radical Revelation of the Cross

2014 Passion Conference


In this 47-minute session from the 2014 Passion Conference, pastor and theologian John Piper highlights three attributes of the sovereignty of God proved true in the death of Jesus. You will be challenged to think deeply about God and rest in the radical revelation of the Cross.

John is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For over 30 years, he served as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books including Desiring God and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.



The radical revelation of the Cross obliterates our inadequacies because the sovereignty of God is
  • Demonstrably Righteous: Committed to His glory (Romans 3:23-25)
  • Omnipotently Merciful: Committed to treating you better than you deserve (Romans 8:29-32)
  • Absolutely All-Embracing: Committed to governing sin (Acts 4:27-28)

Which of the above attributes produce worship and awe in you and why? Which stretched and challenged your faith? Which might you want to study further?
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Romans 3:23-25 (ESV)

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


If God swept sin under the rug, he would look unrighteous and compromise his infinite glory. Jesus had to die to vindicate the righteousness of God (v. 25). Does this expand your understanding of the character of God? How does it make you feel to know that God cannot deny his glory?
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Romans 8:29-32 (ESV)

29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


In sparing His only Son, God graciously gives those He foreknew and justified ALL things (v. 32). How does this reminder of radical grace and mercy increase your worship of God? What does this promise mean for the struggles you currently face?
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Acts 4:27-28 (ESV)

27for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Though God does not sin, God himself governed the greatest sin of the crucifixion (v. 28) for the salvation of the world. John said, “This means that when you contemplate the sovereignty of God, you should always see a banner flying over with Genesis 50:20 - you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” Does this radical revelation offer freedom, comfort, or hope for the sins committed against you? What sins within you or against you fill you with a sense of inadequacy, and what does this truth mean for them?
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If Christ had not endured the curse on our behalf, we would have been trapped and powerless to overcome inadequacies. Praise be to God for the sovereignty of God and power of the Cross to save us from death and obliterate our inadequacies.


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