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J.I. Packer Quote: “There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self-denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets.”

There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self-denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets.

— J.I. Packer



J.I. Packer Quote: “Many humanists in the West are stirred by a sense of outrage at what professed Christians, past and present, have done; and this makes them see their humanism as a kind of crusade, with the killing of Christianity as its prime goal.”

Many humanists in the West are stirred by a sense of outrage at what professed Christians, past and present, have done; and this makes them see their humanism as a kind of crusade, with the killing of Christianity as its prime goal.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Im amazed at the amount of time people spend on the Internet.”

Im amazed at the amount of time people spend on the Internet.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are labouring to keep God’s commandments; no further.”

We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are labouring to keep God’s commandments; no further.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Historical exegesis is only the preliminary part of interpretation; application is its essence. Exegesis without application should not be called interpretation at all.”

Historical exegesis is only the preliminary part of interpretation; application is its essence. Exegesis without application should not be called interpretation at all.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Certainly true worship invigorates, but to plan invigoration is not necessarily to order worship.”

Certainly true worship invigorates, but to plan invigoration is not necessarily to order worship.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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 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...

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together.”

In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “For dishonest thinking, however well-intentioned, can only discredit the cause it serves, and must in the long run boomerang disastrously on those who indulge in it.”

For dishonest thinking, however well-intentioned, can only discredit the cause it serves, and must in the long run boomerang disastrously on those who indulge in it.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “When we reach the outer limit of what Scripture says, it is time to stop arguing and start worshipping.”

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

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “But man’s eyes are blind through sin, and he can discern no part of God’s truth till the Spirit opens them. Inner illumination, leading directly as it does to a deep, inescapable conviction, is thus fundamental to the Spirit’s work as a teacher.”

But man’s eyes are blind through sin, and he can discern no part of God’s truth till the Spirit opens them. Inner illumination, leading directly as it does to a deep, inescapable conviction, is thus fundamental to the Spirit’s work as a teacher.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The most excellent study of expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.”

The most excellent study of expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Calvinism is the consistent endeavor to acknowledge the Creator as the Lord, working all things after the counsel of His will.”

Calvinism is the consistent endeavor to acknowledge the Creator as the Lord, working all things after the counsel of His will.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The saving power of the cross does not depend on faith being addded to it; its saving power is such that faith flows from it.”

The saving power of the cross does not depend on faith being addded to it; its saving power is such that faith flows from it.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Holy is the Bible word for all that makes God different from us, in particular his awesome power and purity.”

Holy is the Bible word for all that makes God different from us, in particular his awesome power and purity.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The more you praise, the more vigor you will have for prayer; and the more you pray, the more matter you will have for praise.”

The more you praise, the more vigor you will have for prayer; and the more you pray, the more matter you will have for praise.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.”

Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Our are speculations are not the measure of our God.”

Our are speculations are not the measure of our God.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Wherever Christianity has produced what historians call a ‘popular piety’ claiming to be part of the national heritage, anti-Christian reaction among the intelligentsia has followed.”

Wherever Christianity has produced what historians call a ‘popular piety’ claiming to be part of the national heritage, anti-Christian reaction among the intelligentsia has followed.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Fanciful spiritualizing, so far from yielding God’s meaning, actually obscured it. The literal sense is itself the spiritual sense, coming from God and leading to Him.”

Fanciful spiritualizing, so far from yielding God’s meaning, actually obscured it. The literal sense is itself the spiritual sense, coming from God and leading to Him.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The Church, therefore, has two constant needs; instruction in the truths by which it must live, and correction of the shortcomings by which its life is marred.”

The Church, therefore, has two constant needs; instruction in the truths by which it must live, and correction of the shortcomings by which its life is marred.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me.”

All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The battle against pride in the heart is lifelong, so humility should become an ever more deeply seated attitude of living.”

The battle against pride in the heart is lifelong, so humility should become an ever more deeply seated attitude of living.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The worlds greatest need is the personal holiness of Christian people.”

The worlds greatest need is the personal holiness of Christian people.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Joy is a condition that is experienced, but it is more than a feeling; it is, primarily, a state of mind.”

Joy is a condition that is experienced, but it is more than a feeling; it is, primarily, a state of mind.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “But to read all Scripture narratives as if they were eye-witness reports in a modern newspaper, and to ignore the poetic and imaginative form in which they are sometimes couched, would be no less a violation of the canons of evangelical literalism than the allegorizing of the Scholastics was.”

But to read all Scripture narratives as if they were eye-witness reports in a modern newspaper, and to ignore the poetic and imaginative form in which they are sometimes couched, would be no less a violation of the canons of evangelical literalism than the allegorizing of the Scholastics was.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is a greater.”

To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is a greater.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “What Is the Motive for Evangelizing? There are, in fact, two motives that should spur us constantly to evangelize. The first is love of God and concern for his glory; the second is love of man and concern for his welfare.”

What Is the Motive for Evangelizing? There are, in fact, two motives that should spur us constantly to evangelize. The first is love of God and concern for his glory; the second is love of man and concern for his welfare.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The preacher should work to convert his congregation; the wife should work to save her unbelieving husband. Christians are sent to convert, and they should not allow themselves, as Christ’s representatives in the world, to aim at anything less. Evangelizing, therefore, is not simply a matter of teaching, and instructing, and imparting information to the mind. There is more to it than that. Evangelizing includes the endeavor to elicit a response to the truth taught.”

The preacher should work to convert his congregation; the wife should work to save her unbelieving husband. Christians are sent to convert, and they should not allow themselves, as Christ’s representatives in the world, to aim at anything less. Evangelizing, therefore, is not simply a matter of teaching, and instructing, and imparting information to the mind. There is more to it than that. Evangelizing includes the endeavor to elicit a response to the truth taught.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “C. H. Spurgeon was once asked if he could reconcile these two truths to each other. “I wouldn’t try,” he replied; “I never reconcile friends.” Friends? – yes, friends. This is the point that we have to grasp. In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together.”

C. H. Spurgeon was once asked if he could reconcile these two truths to each other. “I wouldn’t try,” he replied; “I never reconcile friends.” Friends? – yes, friends. This is the point that we have to grasp. In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “The process of learning to be holy, like the process of learning to pray, may properly be thought of as a school – God’s own school, in which the curriculum, the teaching staff, the rules, the discipline, the occasional prizes and the fellow pupils with whom one studies, plays, debates and fraternizes, are all there under God’s sovereign providence.”

The process of learning to be holy, like the process of learning to pray, may properly be thought of as a school – God’s own school, in which the curriculum, the teaching staff, the rules, the discipline, the occasional prizes and the fellow pupils with whom one studies, plays, debates and fraternizes, are all there under God’s sovereign providence.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We should not... think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognise rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity, for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow Christians, and requires to be so fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.”

We should not... think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercises of private devotion. We should recognise rather that such fellowship is a spiritual necessity, for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow Christians, and requires to be so fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “When you are not conscious of temptation, pray “lead us not into temptation”; and when you are conscious of it, pray “deliver us from evil”; and you will live.”

When you are not conscious of temptation, pray “lead us not into temptation”; and when you are conscious of it, pray “deliver us from evil”; and you will live.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Our Lord Jesus Christ is both God for man and man for God;.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ is both God for man and man for God;.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “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.”

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.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Good works begin with praise, worship, and honoring and exalting of God as the temper of one’s whole waking life.”

Good works begin with praise, worship, and honoring and exalting of God as the temper of one’s whole waking life.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “John Wesley at eighty-five wrote in his journal that the only sign of deterioration that he could see in himself was that he could not run as fast as he used to. With all due deference to that wonderful, seemingly tireless little man, we may reasonably suspect that he was overlooking some things at this point, just as some do when they assure us that they never had a day’s illness in their life. We cannot stop our bodies aging, any more than King Canute’s say-so could stop the tide coming in.”

John Wesley at eighty-five wrote in his journal that the only sign of deterioration that he could see in himself was that he could not run as fast as he used to. With all due deference to that wonderful, seemingly tireless little man, we may reasonably suspect that he was overlooking some things at this point, just as some do when they assure us that they never had a day’s illness in their life. We cannot stop our bodies aging, any more than King Canute’s say-so could stop the tide coming in.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Daydreaming and indulgence of nostalgia are unhappy habits, making for unrealism and discontent. Like all bad habits, they tighten their grip on us until we set ourselves against them and, with God’s help, break them. Elderly retirees are prone to find that a disciplined breaking of them is an increasingly necessary task in life’s last lap, in which steady looking ahead in each present moment becomes a bigger and bigger factor in inner spiritual health.”

Daydreaming and indulgence of nostalgia are unhappy habits, making for unrealism and discontent. Like all bad habits, they tighten their grip on us until we set ourselves against them and, with God’s help, break them. Elderly retirees are prone to find that a disciplined breaking of them is an increasingly necessary task in life’s last lap, in which steady looking ahead in each present moment becomes a bigger and bigger factor in inner spiritual health.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Our proud humanism, so-called, has made the world more like hell than heaven.”

Our proud humanism, so-called, has made the world more like hell than heaven.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “But the way to tell whether in fact you are evangelizing is not to ask whether conversions are known to have resulted from your witness. It is to ask whether you are faithfully making known the gospel message.”

But the way to tell whether in fact you are evangelizing is not to ask whether conversions are known to have resulted from your witness. It is to ask whether you are faithfully making known the gospel message.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “A British professor of theology once described to me the world to which believers will go as “an unknown country with a well-known inhabitant.” When Jesus Christ the courier has already become well known to us through the Gospels and Pastoral Letters of the New Testament, the prospect of transitioning with him into a world in which we shall see him as he is and be constantly in his company will be something we find alluring rather than alarming.”

A British professor of theology once described to me the world to which believers will go as “an unknown country with a well-known inhabitant.” When Jesus Christ the courier has already become well known to us through the Gospels and Pastoral Letters of the New Testament, the prospect of transitioning with him into a world in which we shall see him as he is and be constantly in his company will be something we find alluring rather than alarming.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “When we looked at God’s wisdom, we saw something of his mind; when we thought of his power, we saw something of his hand and his arm; when we considered his word, we learned about his mouth; but now, contemplating his love, we are to look into his heart.”

When we looked at God’s wisdom, we saw something of his mind; when we thought of his power, we saw something of his hand and his arm; when we considered his word, we learned about his mouth; but now, contemplating his love, we are to look into his heart.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Today, vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so stated as to leave the impression that God is a person of the same sort as we are – weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible!”

Today, vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so stated as to leave the impression that God is a person of the same sort as we are – weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible!

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “It is the sovereign prerogative of Christ’s Spirit to convince men’s consciences of the truth of Christ’s gospel; and Christ’s human witnesses must learn to ground their hopes of success not on clever presentation of the truth by man, but on powerful demonstration of the truth by the Spirit.”

It is the sovereign prerogative of Christ’s Spirit to convince men’s consciences of the truth of Christ’s gospel; and Christ’s human witnesses must learn to ground their hopes of success not on clever presentation of the truth by man, but on powerful demonstration of the truth by the Spirit.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Live each day as if thy last” is a wise word from a hymn written in 1674 by Thomas Ken. The older we get, the more needful its wisdom becomes, and if we have not already taken it to heart, we should do so now.”

Live each day as if thy last” is a wise word from a hymn written in 1674 by Thomas Ken. The older we get, the more needful its wisdom becomes, and if we have not already taken it to heart, we should do so now.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God. It was for this purpose that revelation was given, and it is to this use that we must put it.”

We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God. It was for this purpose that revelation was given, and it is to this use that we must put it.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “Redeeming love and retributive justice joined hands, so to speak, at Calvary, for there God showed himself to be “just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus.”

Redeeming love and retributive justice joined hands, so to speak, at Calvary, for there God showed himself to be “just, and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus.

— J.I. Packer


J.I. Packer Quote: “This is what all the work of grace aims at – an ever deeper knowledge of God, and an ever closer fellowship with him. Grace is God drawing us sinners closer and closer to himself.”

This is what all the work of grace aims at – an ever deeper knowledge of God, and an ever closer fellowship with him. Grace is God drawing us sinners closer and closer to himself.

— J.I. Packer

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