J. I. Packer ✓ Knowing God Reader
Book ☆ Knowing God Ç Ò Eyltransferservices ↠ [BOOKS] ✭ Knowing God ✷ J. I. Packer – Eyltransferservices.co.uk One of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals Christianity Today 2006Platinum Book Award Evangelical Christian Publishing Association For over 40 years J I Packer's classic hIs updated with Americanized language and spelling and a new preface by the author Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ Written in an engaging and practical tone this thought provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Ch I bought this book disregarding what others have said about this book and wanting to find about this book myself I now agree with many many others who claim this book has changed their lives I don't think I have ever read a book that just made me stop in the middle of the page and just sob and pray to GodBeing a Christian my whole life and attending Bible studies and summer camps I have been just knowing about God rather than knowing God But Packer successfully helped me to know God by revealing how glorious and majestic He is and how He sent His son to die for me in order for me to be adopted into His family I think my favorite part of this book was his first section I know the Lord; chapter 1 6 The Majesty of God chapter 8 God only Wise Chapter 9 God's Wisdom and Ours Chapter 10 God the Judge Chapter 14 The Wrath of God Chapter 15 Goodness and Severity Chapter 16 and the last section If God be for us; chapter 18 22I would highly recommend this book to any Christian as Packer unfolds the characters of God but not only that he helps you wanting to know God than when you picked up his book
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One of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals Christianity Today 2006Platinum Book Award Evangelical Christian Publishing Association For over 40 years J I Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder the glory and the joy of knowing God In 2006 Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals and this 20th anniversary edition The world shuddered this week as Notre Dame de Paris burned on live TV The incredible French Gothic cathedral completed in 1345 evoked heartfelt responses—and uestions Why now?—people in the street asked reporters Why now—just days before Good Friday and Easter?Had reporters been helpful they would have uoted the French philosopher Blaise Pascal 1623 1662 who noted “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of each person which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator made know through Jesus Christ”Had I reported on the story I would have called JI Packer—to glean his insights on why a secular world was stopped in its tracksPerhaps Packer the imminent theologian would have said this “When the person in the church let alone the person in the street uses the word God the thought is rarely of divine majesty” Packer in fact did say this—and much much about “Knowing God” or the lack of knowing God“But this is knowledge which Christians today largely lack and that is one reason why our faith is so feeble and our worship so flabby We are modern people and modern people though they cherish great thoughts of themselves have as a rule small thoughts of God”Over the last three years on dozens of weekends I’ve enjoyed re reading “Knowing God” the classic morsel by JI Packer Now 92 this English born Canadian evangelical is still considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America Knowing God has sold over one million copiesPublished in 1973 my well worn copy is from the 13th printing in 1978 and Chapter 2 “The People Who Know Their God” grabbed me by the throat back then—and still does“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” wrote Paul “What is I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him I want to know Christ” Phil 3 7 10“When Paul says he counts the things he lost rubbish or dung KJV he means not merely that he does not think of them as having any value but also that he does not live with them constantly in his mind what normal person spends his time nostalgically dreaming of manure? Yet this in effect is what many of us do It shows how little we have in the way of true knowledge of God”BAMBOOZLED? I’m guessing—if Packer were a guest on the Sunday morning news shows to help us make sense of the Notre Dame fire—he might mention God’s work in Jacob’s life a must read snippet from Chapter 9 “God Only Wise”“But God in his wisdom had also resolved to instill true religion into Jacob himself Jacob’s whole attitude to life was ungodly and needed changing; Jacob must be weaned away from trust in his own cleverness to dependence upon God and he must be made to abhor the unscrupulous double dealing which came so naturally to him“When Jacob had filched Esau’s birthright and blessing Gen 2529 34; 271 40 Esau turned against him naturally and Jacob had to leave home in a hurry He went to his uncle Laban who proved to be as tricky a customer as Jacob himself Laban exploited Jacob’s position and bamboozled him into marrying not only his pretty daughter whom Jacob wanted but also the plain one with bad eyes for whom he would otherwise have found it hard to get a good husband Gen 2915 30“We may be frankly bewildered at things that happen to us but God knows exactly what he is doing and what he is after in his handling of our affairs Always and in everything he is wise we shall see that hereafter even where we never saw it here Job in heaven knows the full reason why he was afflicted though he never knew it in this life“Meanwhile we ought not to hesitate to trust his wisdom even when he leaves us in the dark But how are we to meet these baffling and trying situations if we cannot for the moment see God’s purpose in them? First by taking them as from God and asking ourselves what reactions to them and in them the gospel of God reuires of us second by seeking God’s face specifically about them”THE 1 2 PUNCH Why trust God? Packer gives us this one two punch “Wisdom without power would be pathetic a broken reed; power without wisdom would be merely frightening; but in God boundless wisdom and endless power are united and this makes him utterly worthy of our fullest trust”MORSELSIn seeking to know God and God’s will Chapter 20 Packer warns of six pitfalls• “Unwillingness to think• Unwillingness to think ahead• Unwillingness to take advice• Unwillingness to suspect oneself• Unwillingness to discount personal magnetism• Unwillingness to wait”THE MOUNT EVEREST OF SCRIPTURE ROMANS “Paul’s letter to Rome is the high peak of Scripture” Packer reminds us Luther labeled Romans “the clearest gospel of all”“Not every Christian however appreciates the magnificence of Romans and there is a reason for this Someone who touched down on the top of Everest in a helicopter could such a thing be would not at that moment feel anything like what Hillary and Tensing felt when they stood on the same spot after climbing the mountain Similarly the impact of Romans upon you will depend on what has gone before The law that operates is that the you have dug into the rest of the Bible the you are exercised with the intellectual and moral problems of being a Christian and the you have felt the burden of weakness and the strain of faithfulness in your Christian life the you will find Romans saying to you”And get this “John Chrysostom 349 407 had it read aloud to him once a week; you and I could do a lot worse than that Now as Romans is the high peak of the Bible so chapter 8 is the high peak of Romans”But wait Packer’s promo for Romans 8 is exceeded only by Alexander Whyte 1836 1921 who told his Scottish congregation “You’ll not get out of the seventh of Romans while I’m your minister” YikesMORE MORSELS• “There are two sorts of sick consciences those that are not aware enough of sin and those that are not aware enough of pardon and it is to the second sort that Paul is ministering now He knows how easily the conscience of a Christian under pressure can grow morbid particularly when that Christian’s nose is rubbed as Romans 724 25 would rub it in the reality of continued sin and failure”• “God makes not only the wrath of man to turn to his praise but the misadventures of Christians too”• “Is your trouble a sense of failure? The knowledge of having made some ghastly mistake? Go back to God; his restoring grace waits for you”• “Is it not a hollow fraud to say that we honor Christ when we ignore and by ignoring dishonor the One whom Christ has sent to us as his deputy to take his place and care for us on his behalf? Ought we not to concern ourselves about the Holy Spirit than we do?”I ASKED THE LORD THAT I MIGHT GROW BIG MISTAKEThe great hymn “Amazing Grace” penned by converted slave trader John Newton 1725 1807 is familiar to all Buthave you sung or read Newton’s other deeply convicting hymn?Packer wraps up Chapter 21 “These Inward Trials” with Newton’s remarkable lyrics six convicting verses of “I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow” I’ve listened to sung and meditated on the words for half a year now “Alexa repeat” Yet every repeat stingsSNIPPETSIn Chapter 20 “Thou Our Guide” the author shares deep wisdom on discerning God’s will He writes “Wisdom in Scripture always means knowledge of the course of action that will please God and secure life so that the promise of James 15—“If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching and it will be given him” RSV—is in effect a promise of guidance“Only within the limits of this guidance does God prompt us inwardly in matters of ‘vocational’ decision So never expect to be aided to marry an unbeliever or elope with a married person as long as 1 Corinthians 739 and the seventh commandment stand”Tweet this “The Spirit leads within the limits which the Word sets not beyond them ‘He guides me in paths of righteousness’ Psalm 233—but not anywhere else”THE UEST FOR COMFORT “Comfort is of course used here in the old strong sense of that which encourages and nerves not in the modern sense of that which tranuilizes and enervates The uest for ‘comfort’ in the modern sense is self indulgent sentimental and unreal and the modern ‘I go to church for comfort’ religion is not Christianity; but Edward Elton is talking of Christian assurance which is a different thing Here again however the Everest principle operates” Don’t skip Chapter 20 Oh myMy second read through of “Knowing God” was on Kindle but I just ordered a fresh new copy without underlined pages for my third read I hope you’ll read or re read this powerful bookslowlyJI Packer notes “When you start reading Luther or Edwards or Whitefield though your doctrine may be theirs you soon find yourself wondering whether you have any acuaintance at all with the mighty God whom they knew so intimately” Sowhat do you read in addition to the Bible to know God deeply?
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Knowing GodRistian understanding of God Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him Packer divides his book into three sections The first directs our attention to how and why we know God the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a resul Just finished reading this and some of the reading I found to be deep but at the same time yearning to go deeper I am one who loves to read a good book then once and this is one of them I only hope and pray that other Christians will take the time to read this book and share it with other Not many books of this caliber written today love it