Resource Corner: Knowing God – J. I. Packer

February 11, 2022

On Sunday, I had the honour of sharing from Ephesians 1:15-19. We looked at how, ultimately, true faith is about striving to know God better. If you’re interested in getting to know God better, few books (outside of the Bible, of course) are as packed with wisdom as J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God.

 

This hugely influential book was named by Christianity Today as “one of the top fifty books that have shaped evangelicals” and digs into the differences between knowing about God, and actually knowing God. Here are a few powerful quotes that particularly spoke to me, but I’m sure you’d find hundreds more besides these:

“A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about him.” (p.25)

“There is tremendous relief in knowing that his 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.” (p. 45)

“God’s character does not change. Strain, or shock, or a lobotomy, can alter the character of a person, but nothing can alter the character of God.” (p. 86)

“How may we form a right idea of God’s greatness? The Bible teaches us two steps that we must take. The first is to remove from our thoughts of God limits that would make him small. The second is to compare him with powers and forces which we regard as great.” (p. 94)

“What is a Christian? The question can be answered in many ways, but the richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as Father.” (p. 224)

These are just a few small insights from a truly incredible book. I hope you’ll be able to find the time to enjoy it too, if you haven’t already!

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