In Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit Sam Storms provides a systematic look at Packer’s work. While I am still hopeful that Packer’s systematic theology will someday be published, this has helped wet my appetite for the time being.
Sam Storms begins with a biographical sketch of Packer, which makes one thankful for God’s providence as clearly evident in Packer’s life. In addressing Packer’s view on the Christian life, unsurprisingly, he begins with Packer’s view of the atonement. Storms make the case clearly from Packer’s own work that this is the central doctrine for the Christian life. Storms proceeds address areas of Christian living which have been expounded upon by Packer. He addresses Packer’s view of the authority of Scripture, sanctification, holiness, indwelling sin, the work of the Spirit, prayer, discernment, suffering, finally pointing to the God-centeredness of all Christian life. The final chapter addresses ending our pilgrimage well, a theme reflected upon in Packer’s later writings.
The bibliography at the end of the book makes this a great benefit in where to read further work by and about Packer.
One cannot fail to see Packer as a modern day heir to the Puritans in the best possible way. Packer’s balance of commitment to the truth and his irenic temperament are on full display through this work. This book serves as a great overview and introduction into Packer’s thought.
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