Category Archives: Knowing God

Ephraim on Trial (A Poem on the Justice & Mercy of God)

Ephraim on Trial I sat in the courtroom Waiting for the Judge. The air, thick with tension. The mood, somber. He walked in And everyone stood. The atmosphere changed. The Judge was present, yet unseen. His presence, overwhelming. Invisible, yet … Continue reading

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What Happens When We Ignore God’s Wrath?

In chapter 15 of Knowing God, J.I. Packer indicts the church for ignoring the wrath of God. “To an age which has unashamedly sold itself to the gods of greed, pride, sex and self-will, the Church mumbles on about God’s … Continue reading

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Do You Have A “Butterfly Mind”?

According to J.I. Packer, “People nowadays are not encouraged to think systematically and at length about anything or anybody. Our culture encourages us all to have butterfly minds, flitting from one thing to another without going deep into anything.” What do … Continue reading

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The Staggering Truth of God’s Love for Sinners

I remember the sermon well. It was Christmas Eve and the sanctuary was packed. The children sang and the grown-ups cackled. Then the preacher said something I’ll never forget. “God sent His Son to earth to die for you. This … Continue reading

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God Only Wise (Thoughts on Chapter 9 of Knowing God)

What is wisdom? Here’s how J.I. Packer defines it. “In Scripture wisdom is a moral as well as an intellectual quality, more than mere intelligence or knowledge, just as it is more than mere cleverness or cunning. To be truly … Continue reading

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Eight Chapters, Two Responses, and One Amazing God

While reading chapters 1-8 of Knowing God by J.I. Packer, I find myself repeatedly bound by a two-fold response: repentance and worship. Could this be one reason that Paul said we are “sorrowful yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10)? I am sorrowful … Continue reading

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J.I. Packer on the Deity of Christ

In chapter 5 of “Knowing God,” J.I. Packer presents a wonderful explanation of the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. Two statements summarize his exposition of the Bible’s teaching on this all-important subject: 1. The baby born at Bethlehem was … Continue reading

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J.I. Packer on the Bible

In the early chapters of Knowing God, repeated emphasis is given to the indispensable role of the Bible in the believer’s quest to know God. In chapter 1 Packer offers up “five basic truths” which he calls the “foundation-principles of … Continue reading

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How Do You Know That You Know God?

How do you know that you know the Lord? Some of us might answer that question by saying, “I was raised by Christian parents and came to know the Lord at a young age.” Or “I knew the facts of … Continue reading

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Be Not Deceived: Knowing about God and Knowing God Are Worlds Apart

There is so much truth in chapters 1 and 2 of “Knowing God,” it’s hard to know where to begin. Packer is a gifted writer, teacher and theologian. I have much to learn from this man, and I eagerly sit … Continue reading

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