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J.I. Packer – What Do We Do With Our Questions About the Bible?

12 Sep

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God, then , does not profess to answer in Scripture all the questions that we, in our boundless curiosity, would like to ask about Scripture. He tells us merely as much as He sees we need to know as a basis for our life of faith . And He leaves unsolved some of the problems raised by what He tells us, in order to teach us a humble trust in His veracity. The question, therefore, that we must ask ourselves when faced with these puzzles is not, is it reasonable to imagine that this is so? but, is it reasonable to accept God’s assurance that this is so? Is it reasonable to take God’s word and believe that He has spoken the truth, even though I cannot fully comprehend what He has said? The question carries its own answer. We should not abandon faith in anything God has taught us merely because we cannot solve all the problems which it raises. Our own intellectual competence is not the test and measure of divine truth. It is not for us to stop believing because we lack understanding, but to believe in order that we may understand.

~J.I. Packer~




“Fundamentalism” and the Word of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1958), 109.

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J.I. Packer – Union With Christ

1 Apr


Is there more to Christianity than practicing morality and supporting a church? Many think not, but there is. Christianity is a new life, consisting of new relationships with God, men, and things; and it all springs from one source—a unique link between the Christian and his Master, Jesus Christ.

The New Testament makes this quite clear, but talks of the link itself in language that is startling and hard to pin down. Union with Christ is affirmed in terms that sound too strong to be true. Thus, Paul says that “Christ … is our life” (Colossians 3:4), and “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20 KJV); and he speaks of Christians doing and experiencing literally everything in Christ, and of baptized persons as having put on Christ (Galatians 3:27). So, too, Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you … I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:4ff.). What sort of link can it be that prompts such statements?

~J.I. Packer~




Growing in Christ (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books 1994) p. 119.

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J.I. Packer – No Peace Like Gospel Peace

8 Jan

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1

There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and on for ever.

~J.I. Packer~




Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 31.

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J.I. Packer – The Purpose of Revelation

6 Nov

We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God. It was for this purpose that revelation was given, and it is to this use that we must put it.

~J.I. Packer~




Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 22.

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J.I. Packer – When Studying the Trinity

1 Nov

Our aim in studying the Godhead must be to know God himself better. Our concern must be to enlarge our acquaintance, not simply with the doctrine of God’s attributes, but with the living God whose attributes they are.

~J.I. Packer~


Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 21-22.

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J.I. Packer – The Triune God

30 Oct

God is triune; there are within the Godhead three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the work of salvation is one in which all three act together, the Father purposing redemption, the Son securing it and the Spirit applying it.

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Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 18.

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J.I. Packer – The Study of God

3 Sep

Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.

~J.I. Packer~


Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 17.

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