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Knowing God

Thirty-five years ago, the first edition of J. I. Packer’s Knowing God was published. Being only seven years old at the time, I didn’t read it. In the past few years, since being irresistibly drawn to Reformed theology, I’ve read enough quotes from this book to make actually reading it seem redundant. Nevertheless, I finally obtained a copy earlier this year, and yesterday I cracked it open for the first time.

Packer begins Chapter One, The Study of God, quoting Charles Spurgeon on the supremacy of the study of God over all other pursuits.


It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.

—Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Knowing God (InterVarsity Press, 1993), 17.

Posted 2008·10·06 by David Kjos
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#1 || 08·10·06··12:06 || donsands

Sometimes I get that rush where I want to say to God, "Let me see Your glory!", and wish He would shove me in a clefted rock somewhere; and yet I know it isn't gonna happen.
One day I shall see God's glory, Christ Jesus Himself. Until then I need to know Him better, and know His love, which is beyond knowledge really.

Thanks for sharing that wonderful quote. Great book for the believer to have, and to read, and look to for good quotes.
So you're 42.

#2 || 08·10·06··15:43 || David Kjos

I was actually eight at the time. Now I suppose you'll never believe anything I say again.

#3 || 08·10·06··17:07 || Brother Hank

You'll enjoy it brother. I'm planning to read it again (for the 3rd or 4th time) here soon.

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