Thoughts on the Way Home

Friday, June 01, 2012

His Bride is Free From Shame


“The very essence of the new covenant is that Christ passes over the sins of his bride. His bride is free from shame not because she is perfect, but because she has no fear that her lover will condemn her or shame her because of her sin.

This is why the doctrine of justification by grace through faith is at the very heart of what makes marriage work the way God designed it. Justification creates peace with God vertically, in spite of our sin. And when experienced horizontally, it creates shame-free space between an imperfect man and an imperfect woman.”

— John Piper
This Momentary Marriage
(Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2009), 33-34

HT: Of First Importance