18 J.I. Packer Quotes that will Challenge your Faith

This week Justin Taylor of Crossway announced the end of J.I. Packer’s writing and speaking ministry because of macular degeneration blindness in both eyes. Packer has been one of the most important theologians and writers of the past several generations. And while his speaking and writing ministry may be ending, his impact on Christianity is sure to ripple throughout Protestantism for centuries to come. Here are J.I. Packer Quotes that will challenge and inspire you.

“There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.”


“Whatever else in the Bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from Him.”


“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.”


“This one word ‘grace’ contains within itself the whole of New Testament theology.”


“There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.”


“The stars may fall, but God’s promises will stand and be fulfilled.”


“He that has learned to feel his sins, and to trust Christ as a Saviour, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity.”


“The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God’s presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God’s word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.”


“To be right with God the judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is a greater.”


“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.”


“God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away.”


“I need not torment myself with the fear that my faith may fail; as grace led me to faith in the first place, so grace will keep me believing to the end. Faith, both in its origin and continuance, is a gift of grace.”


“Trying to describe what I do in prayer would be like telling the world how I make love to my wife.”


“There is tremendous relief in knowing His love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery can

disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.”


“We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it.”