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J.I. Packer Quote: “We never move on FROM the Gospel, we move on IN the Gospel.”

We never move on FROM the Gospel, we move on IN the Gospel.

— J.I. Packer



J.I. Packer Quote: “We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts. Many of us, I suspect, have no idea how impoverished we are at this level. Let us ask the Lord to show us.”

We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts. Many of us, I suspect, have no idea how impoverished we are at this level. Let us ask the Lord to show us.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Our best works are shot through with sin and contain something for which we need to be forgiven.”

Our best works are shot through with sin and contain something for which we need to be forgiven.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “A simple Bible reader and sermon hearer who is full of the Holy Spirit will develop a far deeper acquaintance with his God and Savior than a more learned scholar who is content with being theologically correct.”

A simple Bible reader and sermon hearer who is full of the Holy Spirit will develop a far deeper acquaintance with his God and Savior than a more learned scholar who is content with being theologically correct.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “If our theology does not quicken the conscience and soften the heart, it actually hardens both.”

If our theology does not quicken the conscience and soften the heart, it actually hardens both.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “To mend our own relationship with God, regaining God’s favor after having once lost it, is beyond the power of any one of us. And one must see and bow to this before one can share the biblical faith in God’s grace.”

To mend our own relationship with God, regaining God’s favor after having once lost it, is beyond the power of any one of us. And one must see and bow to this before one can share the biblical faith in God’s grace.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “There are two sorts of sick consciences, those that are not aware enough of sin and those that are not aware enough of pardon.”

There are two sorts of sick consciences, those that are not aware enough of sin and those that are not aware enough of pardon.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Sinners cannot obey the gospel, any more than the law, without renewal of heart.”

Sinners cannot obey the gospel, any more than the law, without renewal of heart.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Arminianism is ‘natural’ in one sense, in that it represents a characteristic perversion of Biblical teaching by the fallen mind of man.”

Arminianism is ‘natural’ in one sense, in that it represents a characteristic perversion of Biblical teaching by the fallen mind of man.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God then does not profess to answer in Scripture all the questions that we, in our boundless curiosity, would like to ask about Scripture. He tells us merely as much as He sees we need to know as a basis for our life of faith.”

God then does not profess to answer in Scripture all the questions that we, in our boundless curiosity, would like to ask about Scripture. He tells us merely as much as He sees we need to know as a basis for our life of faith.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives.”

God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We dishonor God if we proclaim a Savior who satisfies and then go around discontent.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “What we often feel in ecstatic moments in this world – ‘I don’t ever want this to stop’ – will be the constant thought of our hearts in that world. We shall think it, knowing that in fact it never WILL stop.”

What we often feel in ecstatic moments in this world – ‘I don’t ever want this to stop’ – will be the constant thought of our hearts in that world. We shall think it, knowing that in fact it never WILL stop.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Always and everywhere the servants of Christ are under orders to evangelize.”

Always and everywhere the servants of Christ are under orders to evangelize.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Confidence that one’s impressions are God-given is no guarantee that this is really so, even when they persist and grow stronger through long seasons of prayer. Bible-based wisdom must judge them.”

Confidence that one’s impressions are God-given is no guarantee that this is really so, even when they persist and grow stronger through long seasons of prayer. Bible-based wisdom must judge them.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The gospel tells that our Judge has become our Savior.”

The gospel tells that our Judge has become our Savior.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “I’m not against technology, but all tools should be used to their best advantage. We should be spending our time on things that have staying power, instead of on the latest thought of the latest blogger – and then moving on quickly to the next blogger.”

I’m not against technology, but all tools should be used to their best advantage. We should be spending our time on things that have staying power, instead of on the latest thought of the latest blogger – and then moving on quickly to the next blogger.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.”

There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Moreover, the whole purpose of God’s mighty acts is to bring man to know Him by faith; and Scripture knows no foundation for faith but the spoken word of God, inviting our trust in Him on the basis of what He has done for us.”

Moreover, the whole purpose of God’s mighty acts is to bring man to know Him by faith; and Scripture knows no foundation for faith but the spoken word of God, inviting our trust in Him on the basis of what He has done for us.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Christian’s instinct of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God.”

The Christian’s instinct of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Suffering is getting what you do not want while wanting what you do not get.”

Suffering is getting what you do not want while wanting what you do not get.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “There are few things stressed more strongly in the Bible than the reality of God’s work as Judge.”

There are few things stressed more strongly in the Bible than the reality of God’s work as Judge.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God is good to all in some ways and to some in all ways.”

God is good to all in some ways and to some in all ways.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God.”

We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Only when it is seen that what decides each individual’s destiny is whether or not God decides to save him from his sins, and that this is a decision that God need not make in any individual case, can one begin to grasp the biblical view of grace.”

Only when it is seen that what decides each individual’s destiny is whether or not God decides to save him from his sins, and that this is a decision that God need not make in any individual case, can one begin to grasp the biblical view of grace.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God’s wisdom is not, and never was, pledged to keep a fallen world happy, or to make ungodliness comfortable.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give people what they choose, in all its implications.”

The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give people what they choose, in all its implications.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We are to order our lives by the light of His Law, not by our guesses about His plan.”

We are to order our lives by the light of His Law, not by our guesses about His plan.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Evangelizing includes the endeavor to elicit a response to the truth taught.”

Evangelizing includes the endeavor to elicit a response to the truth taught.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward sinners who merit only condemnation.”

God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward sinners who merit only condemnation.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “If one preaches the Bible biblically, one cannot help preaching the gospel all the time...”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Whatever else in the Bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from Him.”

Whatever else in the Bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from Him.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God.”

The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “One of the many divine qualities of the Bible is that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and the censorious.”

One of the many divine qualities of the Bible is that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and the censorious.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Creatures are not entitled to register complaints about their Creator.”

Creatures are not entitled to register complaints about their Creator.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We think of God as too much like what we are. Learn to acknowledge the full majesty of your incomparable God and Savior.”

We think of God as too much like what we are. Learn to acknowledge the full majesty of your incomparable God and Savior.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Underlying the preaching of the Puritans are three basic axioms: 1. The unique place of preaching is to convert, feed and sustain, 2. The life of the preacher must radiate the reality of what he preaches, 3. Prayer and solid Bible study are basic to effective preaching.”

Underlying the preaching of the Puritans are three basic axioms: 1. The unique place of preaching is to convert, feed and sustain, 2. The life of the preacher must radiate the reality of what he preaches, 3. Prayer and solid Bible study are basic to effective preaching.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Repentance, as we know, is basically not moaning and remorse, but turning and change.”

Repentance, as we know, is basically not moaning and remorse, but turning and change.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Im saying that an editorial process that is preparing the material for publication counts as part of the inspiring process whereby God, in his sovereignty, gave every word.”

Im saying that an editorial process that is preparing the material for publication counts as part of the inspiring process whereby God, in his sovereignty, gave every word.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Read two old books for every new one.”

Read two old books for every new one.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The character of God is today, and always will be, exactly what it was in Bible times.”

The character of God is today, and always will be, exactly what it was in Bible times.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Every time we mention God we become theologians, and the only question is whether we are going to be good ones or bad ones.”

Every time we mention God we become theologians, and the only question is whether we are going to be good ones or bad ones.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear?”

We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear?

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The very quality of books to read and facts to master with which the twentieth-century man is confronted encourages him to think broadly and superficially about much, but hinders him from thinking deeply and thoroughly about anything.”

The very quality of books to read and facts to master with which the twentieth-century man is confronted encourages him to think broadly and superficially about much, but hinders him from thinking deeply and thoroughly about anything.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “His purpose is simply to draw us closer to Himself in conscious communion with Him.”

His purpose is simply to draw us closer to Himself in conscious communion with Him.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Trying to describe what I do in prayer would be like telling the world how I make love to my wife.”

Trying to describe what I do in prayer would be like telling the world how I make love to my wife.

— J.I. Packer

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