Filed under J.I. Packer

Fellowship=Spiritual Necessity

We should not, therefore, think of fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognize rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity; for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow-Christians, … Continue reading

He Knows Our Frame

“’In him was life’ (Jn. 1:4). Here is the Word animating. There is no physical life in the realm of created things except in and through him. Here is the Bible answer to the problem of the origin and continuance of life in all its forms: life is given and maintained by the Word. Created … Continue reading

His Care Never Falters

What matters supremely, therefore is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it-the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind. All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in … Continue reading

Do You Simply Learn Knowledge?

…you can have all the right notions in your head without ever tasting in your heart the realities to which they refer; and a simple Bible reader and a sermon hearer who is full of the Holy Spirit will develop a far deeper acquaintance with his God and Savior than a more learned scholar who … Continue reading

Compelling Goal

What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance; and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God? -J.I. Packer, Knowing God

How Do You Pray?

This morning I was reading Knowing God, by J.I. Packer. He was making the point that those that know God (as opposed to just having knowledge of Him), think great thoughts of Him. He was talking about the truth of God that Daniel prayed during the entire book of Daniel. He made a comment that … Continue reading

Knowledge vs. Knowing

…yet interest in theology, and knowledge about God, and the capacity to think clearly and talk well on christian themes, is not all the same thing as knowing him. We may know as much about God as Calvin knew-indeed, if we study his works dilligently, sooner or later we shall-and yet all the time (unlike … Continue reading

Is The Resurrection Important?

The resurrection of Christ, then, is necessary to prove and show that his payment for sin was full and final. He finished paying sin’s penalty! He rose from the dead!" -Bruce Ware, Big Truths for Young Hearts When Christ was raised from the dead, it was God’s declaration of approval of Christ’s work of redemption. … Continue reading

Being God’s Child

You sum up the whole of the New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. … Continue reading

Knowing God As Father

“The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father…Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption…The truth of our adoption gives us the deepest insights the New Testament affords into the greatness of God’s love. … Continue reading

Rationalistic Pitfalls

The passion to pack God into a conceptual box of our own making is always strong but must be resisted. If we bear in mind that all the knowledge we can have of the atonement is of a mystery about which we can only think and speak by means of models, and which remains a … Continue reading

Why?

If you ask, ‘Why is this or that happening?’ no light may come, for ‘the secret things belong to the Lord our God (Deuteronomy 29:29); but if you ask, ‘How am I to serve and glorify God here and now, where I am?’ there will always be an answer” (The Lord’s Prayer, p. 14). -J.I. … Continue reading

Warning!!!

Warning, thinking and meditating on this quote may have serious impact on your life and walk with the Savior…  If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought … Continue reading