For more than twenty years, J. I. Packer's classic has helped Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God.
The first 137 pages of this book will not offend today's
Christian. Page 138 starts a discussion about Grace and how many miscomprehend the term. Why? Because some deny God as judge, they deny the wrath of God, and do not comprehend that God is a jealous God. That God is good because He is severe about sin. Someone must take the punishment for sin.
After an explanation of God, man, and sin, Packer teaches the heart of the Gospel. That only those who repent accept Jesus as Savior are heirs of the Father and are adopted sons of God. Only then does discussion turn to the more popular themes: how God is our guide, how the repentant sinner is helped through his trials and the adequacy of God.
The width of our knowledge of God is no gauge of the knowledge of God. (pg. 39) Notional correctness (best biblical scholar with presume accuracy) may/may not obtain the closer relationship with God. Packer argues knowing God is a matter of involvement. Prayer - corporate, private and without ceasing. Bible study - corporate, private devotional, and scholarly
Obedience out of love for God and people. Only then Friendship with God may occur. Trying a mouthful of God and enjoy it.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the
man that trusteth in him. (Psalms 34:8 AV)
Early in the book is a discussion about the Trinity
complete with scriptural proofs.
I have known Christ as my Savior for almost 50 yrs and found that this book changed my life leading me to a greater appreciation of our God and his Son Jesus Christ. Read more
Among the points Packer covers include:
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