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J.I. Packer Quote: “Holy people glory, not in their holiness, but in Christ’s cross; for the holiest saint is never more than a justified sinner and never sees himself in any other way.”

Holy people glory, not in their holiness, but in Christ’s cross; for the holiest saint is never more than a justified sinner and never sees himself in any other way.

— J.I. Packer



J.I. Packer Quote: “Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit: the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God.”

Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit: the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God’s facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he knows that all truth is God’s truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith.”

The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God’s facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he knows that all truth is God’s truth, and right reason cannot endanger sound faith.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God made life, and God alone can tell us its meaning.”

God made life, and God alone can tell us its meaning.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “All true theology has an evangelistic thrust, and all true evangelism is theology in action.”

All true theology has an evangelistic thrust, and all true evangelism is theology in action.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “A God whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of Himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a God in man’s image, and therefore an imaginary God, not the God of the Bible at all.”

A God whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of Himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a God in man’s image, and therefore an imaginary God, not the God of the Bible at all.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God’s overriding goal is to glorify Himself.”

God’s overriding goal is to glorify Himself.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God is triune; there are within the Godhead three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and the work of salvation is one in which all three act together, the Father purposing redemption, the Son securing it and the Spirit applying it.”

God is triune; there are within the Godhead three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and the work of salvation is one in which all three act together, the Father purposing redemption, the Son securing it and the Spirit applying it.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity.”

The Church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”

We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and on for ever.”

There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and on for ever.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory.”

The unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, He wants me as His friend, and desires to be my friend, and has given His Son to die for me in order to realize this purpose. not merely that we know God, but that He knows us.”

There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, He wants me as His friend, and desires to be my friend, and has given His Son to die for me in order to realize this purpose. not merely that we know God, but that He knows us.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The way to be truly happy is to be truly human, and the way to be truly human is to be truly godly.”

The way to be truly happy is to be truly human, and the way to be truly human is to be truly godly.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.”

Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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?”

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?

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The gospel does in truth proclaim the redemption of reason. Obscurantism is always evil, and wilful error is always sin., All truth is God’s truth; facts, as such, are sacred, and nothing is more un-Christian than to run away from them.”

The gospel does in truth proclaim the redemption of reason. Obscurantism is always evil, and wilful error is always sin., All truth is God’s truth; facts, as such, are sacred, and nothing is more un-Christian than to run away from them.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Only when you know how to die can you know how to live.”

Only when you know how to die can you know how to live.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology.”

Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “What we do every time we pray is to confess our impotence and God’s sovereignty.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “If we pursue theological knowledge for its own sake, it’s bound to go bad on us. It will make us proud and conceited.”

If we pursue theological knowledge for its own sake, it’s bound to go bad on us. It will make us proud and conceited.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The preachers commission is to declare the whole counsel of God; but the cross is the center of that counsel.”

The preachers commission is to declare the whole counsel of God; but the cross is the center of that counsel.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “I must ask the Lord to direct the Holy Spirit within me to drain the life out of sin and in prayer.”

I must ask the Lord to direct the Holy Spirit within me to drain the life out of sin and in prayer.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “It is staggering that God should love sinners, yet it is true.”

It is staggering that God should love sinners, yet it is true.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Holy Spirit is God the evangelist.”

The Holy Spirit is God the evangelist.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “I never get to the end of mortifying sin because sin in my heart, where it’s still marauding even though it’s no longer dominant, sin in my heart is constantly expressing itself in new disorderly desires.”

I never get to the end of mortifying sin because sin in my heart, where it’s still marauding even though it’s no longer dominant, sin in my heart is constantly expressing itself in new disorderly desires.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Ease and luxury, such as our affluence brings today, do not make for maturity; hardship and struggle however do.”

Ease and luxury, such as our affluence brings today, do not make for maturity; hardship and struggle however do.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Think against your feelings; unmask the unbelief they have nourished; let evangelical thinking correct emotional thinking.”

Think against your feelings; unmask the unbelief they have nourished; let evangelical thinking correct emotional thinking.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “This one word ‘grace’ contains within itself the whole of New Testament theology.”

This one word ‘grace’ contains within itself the whole of New Testament theology.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “In common honesty, we must not conceal the fact that free forgiveness in one sense will cost everything.”

In common honesty, we must not conceal the fact that free forgiveness in one sense will cost everything.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Scripture is the most up-to-date and relevant reading that ever comes my way.”

Scripture is the most up-to-date and relevant reading that ever comes my way.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God answers the prayer we ought to have made rather than the prayer we did make.”

God answers the prayer we ought to have made rather than the prayer we did make.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “It is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and the Son is most vivid and sweet, and Christian joy is greatest, when the cross is heaviest.”

It is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and the Son is most vivid and sweet, and Christian joy is greatest, when the cross is heaviest.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Think against your feelings; argue yourself out of the gloom they have spread; look up from your problems to the God of the gospel.”

Think against your feelings; argue yourself out of the gloom they have spread; look up from your problems to the God of the gospel.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Spirit is not given to make Bible study needless, but to make it effective.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire.”

Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The measure of all love is its giving. The measure of the love of God is the cross of Christ.”

The measure of all love is its giving. The measure of the love of God is the cross of Christ.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as a Saviour, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.”

He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as a Saviour, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Trinity is the basis of the gospel, and the gospel is a declaration of the Trinity in action.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “My advice to a new husband is nothing more than ‘husbands, love your wives.’ And ‘love your wife as Christ has loved the church.’ Never forget that you are Christ’s representative in serving your wife.”

My advice to a new husband is nothing more than ‘husbands, love your wives.’ And ‘love your wife as Christ has loved the church.’ Never forget that you are Christ’s representative in serving your wife.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep.”

Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We are not fit for a place in God’s family; the idea of his loving and exalting us sinners as he loves and has exalted the Lord Jesus sounds ludicrous and wild – yet that, and nothing less than that, is what our adoption means.”

We are not fit for a place in God’s family; the idea of his loving and exalting us sinners as he loves and has exalted the Lord Jesus sounds ludicrous and wild – yet that, and nothing less than that, is what our adoption means.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The idea that all are children of God is not found in the Bible anywhere.”

The idea that all are children of God is not found in the Bible anywhere.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The incarnation is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it makes sense of everything else that the New Testament contains.”

The incarnation is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it makes sense of everything else that the New Testament contains.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Life of true holiness is rooted in the soil of awed adoration.”

The Life of true holiness is rooted in the soil of awed adoration.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Pelagianism is the natural heresy of zealous Christians who are not interested in theology.”

Pelagianism is the natural heresy of zealous Christians who are not interested in theology.

— J.I. Packer

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