Packer on the Christian Life by Sam Storms


Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit
by Sam Storms
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read several of the Theologians on the Christian Life series, this is the first one about someone who is still living. Not a biography, rather this book takes a look at the comprehensive amount of material that Packer has published and what his views are on theology and living the Christian life. The book starts off with his view of the atonement and then discusses other aspects of Packer’s teaching through the years. He is extensively quoted throughout the book. Teaching on prayer and finding God’s will are discussed as well as the huge impact that the Puritans, particularly John Owen had on Packer’s own theology development. Overall this was an excellent resource summarizing Packer’s teaching through the years.

“…he insists that God’s ultimate end in his dealings with his children is not simply their happiness but his own glory. The purpose of the Christian life is God’s glory, not ours.”
“Knowing God is of central importance in living a life that is both productive for oneself and pleasing to God.”

And the gospel summarized: “First, God’s holiness and justice require that rebellion against his perfect law be dealt with retributively, namely, in the suffering of both spiritual and physical death. Second, we humans can do nothing about this. We are helpless to atone for self and are thus wholly at a loss to escape the wrath of God that our sin has incurred. Third, Jesus Christ, the incarnate God-man, has taken our place under judgment and received in himself the penalty that was our sentence, thereby laying the foundation for our pardon and immunity from divine prosecution. Fourth, each human must look in faith outside and away from self to Christ and his cross as the sole ground of forgiveness and future hope.”

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Crossway in exchange for my review.

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