The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God's presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God's word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.

— J. I. Packer

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There's a difference between knowing God and knowing about God.

When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.


Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.


Our high and privileged calling is to do the will of God in the power of God for the glory of God.


The weaker we feel, the harder we lean.

And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away.


There is a tremendous relief in knowing that {God's} love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion Him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench His determination to bless me.


To know that nothing happens in God's world apart from God's will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints.


Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites;

but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ's sheep.


In the New Testament grace means God's love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.


Adoption is the highest privilege that the gospel offers: higher even than justification.. . To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater.


[N]obody can produce new evidence of your depravity that will make God change his mind. For God justified you with (so to speak) his eyes open. He knew the worst about you at the time when he accepted you for Jesus' sake; and the verdict which he passed then was, and is, final.


What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it - the fact that He knows me.


The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.


About J. I. Packer

Quotes 225 sayings
Profession Christian Theologian
Birthday October 16

What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself.


The gospel tells that our Judge has become our Savior.


I need not torment myself with the fear that my faith may fail;

as grace led me to faith in the first place, so grace will keep me believing to the end. Faith, both in its origin and continuance, is a gift of grace (Phil 1:29).


We dishonor God if we proclaim a Savior who satisfies and then go around discontent


Your faith will not fail while God sustains it;

you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.


There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me.


A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.


Repentance is more than just sorrow for the past;

repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as king in self's place.


If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.


What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?


The Puritan ethic of marriage was first to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, then to proceed with God’s help to do just that.


Have you been holding back from a risky, costly course to which you know in your heart God has called you? Hold back no longer. Your God is faithful to you, and adequate for you. You will never need more than He can supply, and what He supplies, both materially and spiritually, will always be enough for the present.


Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives.

.. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.


What we do every time we pray is to confess our impotence and God's sovereignty.


Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty...a cknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.


The Holy Spirit's main ministry is not to give thrills but to create in us Christlike character.


God's wisdom is not, and never was, pledged to keep a fallen world happy, or to make ungodliness comfortable.


Were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no gospel, no faith, no church, no Christianity in the world at all.


The Trinity is the basis of the gospel, and the gospel is a declaration of the Trinity in action.


Grace means God sending his only Son to the cross to descend into hell so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven.


Living becomes an awesome business when you realize that you spend every moment of your life in the sight and company of an omniscient, omnipresent Creator.


The meaning of "He will give us all things" can be put thus: one day we will see that nothing - literally nothing - which could have increased our eternal happiness has been denied us, and that nothing - literally nothing - that could have reduced that happiness has been left with us.


If one preaches the Bible biblically, one cannot help preaching the gospel all the time.


Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.


Revelation does not mean man finding God, but God finding man, God sharing His secrets with us, God showing us Himself. In revelation, God is the agent as well as the object.


Joy is a condition that is experienced, but it is more than a feeling;

it is, primarily, a state of mind.


God has not abandoned us any more than he abandoned Job.

He never abandons anyone on whom he has set his love; nor does Christ, the good shepherd, ever lose track of his sheep.


Maturity is a compound of wisdom, goodwill, resilience, and creativity.


The God of Israel is King of kings and Lord of lords.

.. He know, and foreknows, all things, and his foreknowledge is foreordination; he, therefore, will have the last word, both in world history and in the destiny of every man; his kingdom and righteousness will triumph in the end, for neither men nor angels shall be able to thwart him.


How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.


The Spirit is not given to make Bible study needless, but to make it effective.


Simple assent to the gospel, divorced from a transforming commitment to the living Christ, is by Biblical standards less than faith, and less than saving, and to elicit only assent of this kind would be to secure only false conversions.


God the Father is the giver of Holy Scripture;

God the Son is the theme of Holy Scripture; and God the Spirit is the author, authenticator, and interpreter of Holy Scripture.


God has spoken to man, and the Bible is his Word, given to us to make us wise unto salvation... Godliness means responding to God's revelation in trust and obedience, faith and worship, prayer and praise, submission and service. Life must be seen and lived in the light of God's Word. This, and nothing else, is true religion.


When we reach the outer limit of what Scripture says, it is time to stop arguing and start worshipping.


Calvary not merely made possible the salvation of those for whom Christ died;

it ensured that they would be brought to faith and their salvation made actual.


Were I asked to focus the New Testament message in three words, my proposal would be ADOPTION THROUGH PROPITIATION, and I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that.