Archive for the ‘J.I. Packer’ Category

evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as trust

January 12, 2010

Evangelism…means summoning men to receive Christ Jesus as all that He is—Lord, as well as Saviour—and therefore to serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church…In other words, evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as trust; it is the delivering, not merely of a divine invitation to receive a Saviour, but a divine command to repent of sin. And there is no evangelism where this specific application is not made.

J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991), 39-40, quoted in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.160

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A person is said to be justified when he is approved of God as free from the guilt of sin and its deserved punishment; and as having that righteousness belonging to him that entitles to the reward of life

September 26, 2009

A person is said to be justified when he is approved of God as free from the guilt of sin and its deserved punishment; and as having that righteousness belonging to him that entitles to the reward of life.

Jonathan Edwards

(Justification is)

…a judicial act of God pardoning sinners (wicked and ungodly persons, Rom. 4:5; 3:9-24), accepting them as just, and so putting permanently right their previously estranged relationship with himself.

J.I. Packer

Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in His sight.

Wayne Grudem

HT jamespruch

Love – A much abused word

September 3, 2009

No love is greater than the love of pizza

seen on back of pizza take-away box

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

Well, love is all around me, and so the feeling grows

The Troggs

By contrast

(God’s) love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the WORST about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me

J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p.45

Evangelicalism needs the gospel

August 19, 2009

One of the most urgent tasks facing Evangelical Christendom today is the recovery of the gospel.

J.I. Packer in introductory essay to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

Packer goes on to differentiate the old (Biblical) Gospel with the new ‘gospel that:

…fails to make men God-centred in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be “helpful” to man—to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction—and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was “helpful,” too—more so, indeed, than is the new—but (so to speak) incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of Divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its centre of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the centre of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach men to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and His ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.

Read his essay here