JI Packer quotes

J.I. Packer is perhaps one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Like C.S. Lewis before him, he has spent a lifetime popularizing complex theological ideas and reaching a diverse audience through winsome writing alive with passion, humor, and charisma. The author of many classic books on the Christian life and theology, the 89-year-old theologian continues to inspire Christians across the theological spectrum.

This week, Crossway released the documentary In His Own Words, featuring exclusive footage of J.I. Packer reflecting on his life and ministry. In celebration of Packer’s legacy, we’re offering Crossway’s J.I. Packer Collection for 40% off and sharing some of our favorite Packer quotes.Be sure to share your favorites—just hover over an image to reveal sharing options. And let us know the impact Packer has made on your own Christian life or ministry.

JI Packer Quote 1

“I need not torment myself with the fear that my faith may fail; as grace led me to faith in the first place, so grace will keep me believing to the end. Faith, both in its origin and continuance, is a gift of grace.”

“Whatever else in the Bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from Him.”

JI Packer Quote 2

“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.”

“He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as a Saviour, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.”

JI Packer Quote 3

“Real spiritual growth is always growth downward, so to speak, into profounder humility, which in healthy souls will become more and more apparent as they age.”

“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. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”

JI Packer 4

“For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. ‘Father’ is the Christian name for God. Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.”

“A God whom we could understand exhaustively, and whose revelation of Himself confronted us with no mysteries whatsoever, would be a God in man’s image, and therefore an imaginary God, not the God of the Bible at all.”

JI Packer 5

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

“The purpose of the church is to make the invisible kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness-bearing.”

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