Knowing God

by J. I. Packer     |     Book Summary


Author: J. I. Packer
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Date: July 04, 1993
Pages: 286

Book Summary of Knowing God by J. I. Packer


Many people profess to know God but upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that knowing God is far too often conflated with knowing about God. Our relationship with God sadly resembles a passing familiarity with a stranger we might see daily as we go about our business.

“I know Him,” we deceive ourselves into believing, while our precursory knowledge denotes an intimate relationship with the One we call our beloved.

J.I. Packer, in his classic book, Knowing God, confronts us with the truth in a gentle way, encouraging his readers to see God for who He really is, beholding the wonder, glory, and joy of knowing Him.

It was Packer’s belief that “ignorance of God – ignorance of both his ways and of the practice of communion with him– lies at the root of much the church’s weakness today” (p. 12). Professing Christians have conformed to the modern spirit, displacing the nature and character of God and replacing Him with an idol of their own making. Capitulating to the modern spirit, they have become confused, ignorant, and impotent, making the Kingdom of God of no effect.

Packer invites his readers to, “Behold, thy God.” The true nature and character of God must be reclaimed and proclaimed within the churches and culture. Knowing God, in the hands of those who desire to truly know God, will do just this.





Knowing God

by J. I. Packer

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Knowing God by J. I. Packer

AuthorJ. I. Packer
PublisherInterVarsity Press
DateJuly 04, 1993
Pages286


Overview:

Many people profess to know God but upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that knowing God is far too often conflated with knowing about God. Our relationship with God sadly resembles a passing familiarity with a stranger we might see daily as we go about our business.

“I know Him,” we deceive ourselves into believing, while our precursory knowledge denotes an intimate relationship with the One we call our beloved.

J.I. Packer, in his classic book, Knowing God, confronts us with the truth in a gentle way, encouraging his readers to see God for who He really is, beholding the wonder, glory, and joy of knowing Him.

It was Packer’s belief that “ignorance of God – ignorance of both his ways and of the practice of communion with him– lies at the root of much the church’s weakness today” (p. 12). Professing Christians have conformed to the modern spirit, displacing the nature and character of God and replacing Him with an idol of their own making. Capitulating to the modern spirit, they have become confused, ignorant, and impotent, making the Kingdom of God of no effect.

Packer invites his readers to, “Behold, thy God.” The true nature and character of God must be reclaimed and proclaimed within the churches and culture. Knowing God, in the hands of those who desire to truly know God, will do just this.




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