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CH R I ST SOV ER EIGN OV ER A L L HO ST I L E P OW ER S All Things Were Created for Him He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. COLOSSIANS 1:15–16


od has not answered all of our questions about the sin and misery that are in the world. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God” (Deut. 29:29). There are mysteries we will not fathom while “we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12). In this present age, we “know in part”; in the age to come we will know even as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12). But God has not been silent about these things. There are things he wants us to know. The honor of his Son is at stake in the spectacular sins of history and their global purpose in the glory of Christ. The apostle Paul makes this clear in Colossians 1:9–20.

Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ (Redesign)  

Laying out what the Bible says about God’s sovereignty over the spectacular sins and terrible tragedies of human history, John Piper encoura...