Knowing God – Chapter 11

In this chapter, Packer illustrates the type of relationship that Christians should have with God’s Word. What is especially highlighted is the fact that His Word is truth which is why it’s binding to us. I think that we often take it for granted that everyone around us believes that the Bible is true. However as Packer warns, there are many who consider themselves believers but who do not embrace the Bible as the infallible Word of God. This is a good reminder to us that we need to uphold and defend the authority of the Bible within and outside the church.

Also, I appreciate how Packer encourages us to think of God’s Word as an invitation to knowing God and enjoying communion with Him. We often think of biblical imperatives as strict rules that restrict our freedom. However, the Bible in its entirety is actually the key to unlocking God’s grace and blessings.

Knowing God – Chapter 10

This chapter focuses on the greatness of the wisdom of God in comparison to the foolishness that we regard as wisdom in the world. No matter how wise we are, we are far beneath the grand wisdom that God possesses. Packer points out that true wisdom is achieved through understanding that God is always wise and we are always dependent on Him. We were never meant to fully comprehend the depths of God’s wisdom as we are His creatures made to exist in relation to our Creator. This makes me think of 1 Corinthians in which the apostle Paul wrote that “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (1:21). We may try to save ourselves in our own power and wisdom but we are reminded that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1:25). Instead, Christ through His death on the cross has become the true Wisdom by which we have righteousness, holiness, and redemption. What comfort and joy we have because of the vastness of God’s wisdom!