J.I. Packer經典名言(二 )

“Historical exegesis is only the preliminary part of interpretation; application is its essence. Exegesis without application should not be called interpretation at all.”
― J.I. Packer


“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.”
― J.I. Packer, Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God


Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God.”
― J.I. Packer,Knowing God


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.”
― J.I. Packer, Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging


No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Heb 12:6-7,11). Only the person who has grasped this can make sense of Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to them that love God” (KJV); equally, only he can maintain his assurance of sonship against satanic assault as things go wrong. But he who has mastered the truth of adoption both retains assurance and receives blessing in the day of trouble: this is one aspect of faith’s victory over the world.― J.I. Packer,Knowing God


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


“The Church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity.”
― J.I. Packer


“Creatures are not entitled to register complaints about their Creator.”
― J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God


“What we do every time we pray is to confess our impotence and God’s sovereignty.”
― J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God


A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about him.”
― J.I. Packer,Knowing God


“We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God.”― J.I. Packer, Knowing God


“What is the “eternal life” that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (Jn 17:3).”― J.I. Packer, Knowing God


“When you are not conscious of temptation, pray “lead us not into temptation”; and when you are conscious of it, pray “deliver us from evil”; and you will live.”
― J.I. Packer, Growing in Christ

“C. H. Spurgeon was once asked if he could reconcile these two truths to each other. “I wouldn’t try,” he replied; “I never reconcile friends.” Friends?—yes, friends. This is the point that we have to grasp. In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together.”
― J.I. Packer,Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

“John Wesley at eighty-five wrote in his journal that the only sign of deterioration that he could see in himself was that he could not run as fast as he used to. With all due deference to that wonderful, seemingly tireless little man, we may reasonably suspect that he was overlooking some things at this point, just as some do when they assure us that they never had a day’s illness in their life. We cannot stop our bodies aging, any more than King Canute’s say-so could stop the tide coming in.”
― J.I. Packer, Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging