We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

Here's an excellent devotional thought for today. It's from one of my favorites: Knowing God by J. I. Packer. What is the purpose of grace? Primarily, to restore man's relationship with God. ...Grace is God drawing sinners closer and closer to Himself. How does God in grace prosecute this purpose? Not by shielding us from… Continue reading We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand… Continue reading New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

A Metanarrative Distraction?

N.T. Wright and others in the New Perspectives on Paul movement have given us some helpful insights into biblical theology.  We should not deny this even if we might very much disagree [as I do] with the NPP’s [re]definitions of justification, covenant, law, etc.  I have to admit, though, when I read Wright, I often… Continue reading A Metanarrative Distraction?

Growing in Christ: Creed, Commandments, and Prayer

I've found J. I. Packer's Growing in Christ to be a helpful and brief summary of the basics of the Christian faith: the themes of the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer.  Indeed, most Reformation catechisms contain discussions of these three basics since even young children can learn and should know them. … Continue reading Growing in Christ: Creed, Commandments, and Prayer

Adding to the Word?

Here's one more great section from Packer's Fundamentalism and the Word of God. In the concluding section Packer mentions how salvation from sin is a gift of divine grace alone through faith alone, "and faith is no more than an activity of reception, contributing nothing to that which it receives."  Since Christ's work is perfect… Continue reading Adding to the Word?