Many of us have heard talk about forgiving ourselves. There are wrong ways to explain this concept of self-forgiveness. It can certainly be misunderstood, therefore we've got to be careful when using this phrase. And because it is easily misunderstood, perhaps we should use the phrase sparingly. However, explained rightly from a Christian perspective the… Continue reading Peace With God and Self-Forgiveness (Packer)
In the first chapter of his book, Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer explained five different emphases people have put on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life. All five ways have foundations in Scripture, but often they become one-sided because they fail to incorporate or discuss other aspects… Continue reading …Pessimistic About The Possibility Of Moral Progress (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)
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)
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?