Knowing God Quotes by J.I. Packer
Knowing God Pt. 1
The Difference Between Knowing God and Knowing God
The fundamental difference between knowing about God and knowing God is about personal relationships. To know him I have to meet him and get to know him. We have to reveal things to each other and be willing to share in each others lives. The staggering promise of the Bible is that we can know God like this and that He wants us to know him and share in his eternal life! I think one of the fundamental differences between Christianity and other religions is that we can know God as a person.
I read today that by the world population will number over 8 billion. Then my thoughts turn towards the Creator, God, who individually formed each one of us. But those who get to know God intimately experience that He has a personal interest in them. They experience His presence both in the trials and triumphs of daily life. It includes mutual edification and a unity in purpose and spirit that goes far deeper than friendship or human relationships.
How can I get to know God if I can’t see Him?
You know the story of Job. He loses everything except his life and his wife. Job ends up sitting in the dump, covered with sores, scratching himself with a broken piece of pottery. When the conversation begins Job declares his innocence before God, and that he has been treated unjustly. In chapters God speaks. For four chapters God explains in very clear terms that He knows what He is doing and we do not. Then, in chapter 42, verses , Job responds.
For over 40 years, J. Packer's classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. In , Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals, and this 20th anniversary edition is updated with Americanized language and spelling, and a new preface by the author. Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith— knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Written in an engaging and practical tone, this thought-provoking work seeks to transform and enrich the Christian understanding of God. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. This guide leads readers into a greater understanding of God while providing advice to gaining a closer relationship with him as a result.
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today — June 11, Inspired to write these ideas by my recent reread of Knowing God by J. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. Daniel I may gain great knowledge about God and still not know God in His greatness. If I only desire more information about God to shore up my doctrinal debates with those who differ from me, I am vulnerable to pride puffing up my self-righteousness.