Knowing God – Chapter 14

In this chapter, we learn about God as Judge and how we all face the judgement of God. Packer emphasizes that the justice of God is an essential attribute of His holiness and that all of us including Christians are subject to his judgement. This is an important teaching in opposition to antinomianism which is the belief that because God’s grace is so big, there is no need to pursue holiness and obedience to God’s laws. Packer is worried as we keep on preaching God’s grace, love, and forgiveness that we forget to preach on God’s justice and wrath.

Even though Christians have been saved through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are still obligated to obey all of God’s commands and statutes. Nevertheless, we can never earn the righteousness that Christ has already won for us; our good works are simply a natural reflection of our regenerated heart through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power. I am thankful for Packer’s timely reminder that God is a just God and no one can escape His holy judgement.  However, we can be confident that the One who judges us is also the sacrificial Lamb who has earned our righteousness

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