J. I. Packer on Reading the Bible

With J. I. Packer’s recent passing, it seems only proper to again encourage everyone who has not yet read his book Knowing God to by all means do so. The following quotation is from that very book. Again, it is to be feared that many today who profess to be Christ’s never learn wisdom, through …

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There Is Always Something That Needs Mortifying | Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson writes the following paragraph in his little book, Heaven Taken by Storm: Showing the Holy Violence a Christian Is to Put Forth in the Pursuit of Glory: Even where sin has received its deadly wound and is in part abated, the work of mortification is not to be laid aside. The apostle persuades …

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God’s Wisdom in Suffering| J. I. Packer

The following quotations comes from Packer's classic book, Knowing God, which you should make plans to read immediately, if you haven't already done so. 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 …

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How Are We Sanctified? | John Owen

John Owen's treatise on spiritual-mindedness, from which I have already cited a quotation, is a painfully beneficial read. Worldly thinking runs so deeply within us and is ultimately both deadly and damning. Throughout the book, his aim is simply to exhort us toward spiritual-mindedness, to think about the things of God and be further sanctified …

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Human Freedom & Divine Sovereignty | R. C. Sproul

The question of how God's absolute sovereignty relates to human freedom is a long-standing one. In his book Enjoying God, Sproul briefly tackles this subject and makes an important distinction: we are free, but we are not autonomous. Augustine said that "in a certain sense God wills everything that comes to pass." He ordains things …

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Another Form of Hypocrisy | John Owen

Having written yesterday about the one thing necessary in this life, John Owen applies a similar thought to the notion of hypocrisy from his book Spiritual-mindedness. Consider his words with sober minds and tender hearts, brothers and sisters. Many have a false idea of hypocrisy. They think that a hypocrite is only one who pretends …

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The Bible Is Not a Policy Book | Robert L. Plummer

Robert Plummer's contribution to the 40 Questions Series is a great book for grasping the basics of hermeneutics, or properly interpreting the Bible. I found the following quotation of particular help, since the question about Christians not adhering to Levitical laws is an all too common question. Many supposed inconsistencies of Christian morality (for example, …

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The Study of God | Charles Spurgeon

Knowing God by J. I. Packer is one of my readings for teaching over the Attributes of God, and it is the kind of book that upon beginning makes you immediately wish that you had read it earlier. This quotation, however, is not from Packer; instead, it is a portion of a sermon from Charles …

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Scandalously Simple

Reading through Joe Barnard's The Way Forward has been painful in a good sort of way. Written for the spiritual growth of men in the 21st Century, the first third is a diagnosis of the problem, of what keeps us from maturing in Christ as we should. The following quotation is from that section of …

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Only One Thing Is Necessary

The following quotation comes from Martin Luther's treatise On Christian Liberty (pp. 5-7): One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ, as Christ says, John 11[:25], "I am the resurrection and the life; he who …

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