Posted by: theedwardsfam | January 27, 2011

Knowing God (Packer) Part 1

I have been reading J.I. Packer’s book, Knowing God very slowly the last few weeks.  Here are some of the quotes that have stood out.

“He made us with the intention that he and we might walk together forever in a love relationship…Therefore God sends his word to us in the character of both information and invitation. It comes to woo us as well as to instruct us; it not merely puts us in the picture of what God has done and is doing, but also calls us into personal communication with the loving Lord himself.” Page 110

“True Christians are those who acknowledge and live under the word of God.” Page 116

“Christians are independent folks, for the use the Word of God as a touchstone by which to test the various views that are put to them, and they will not touch anything which they are not sure that Scripture sanctions. Why does this description fit so few of us who profess to be Christians in these days?” Page 116

“God is love to us-holy, omnipotent love-at every moment and in every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, ‘mercy from first to last’-and we are content.” Page 123

“Is it true that God is love to me as a Christian? And does the love of God mean all that has been said? If so, certain questions arise. Why do I ever grumble and show discontent and resentment at the circumstances in which God has placed me?  Why am I ever distrustful, fearful or depressed? Why do I ever allow myself to grow cool, formal and halfhearted in the service of the the God who loves me so? Why do I ever allow my loyalties to be divided, so that God has not all my heart?” Page 127


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