Several weeks ago I left you with the second installment of my review of J.I. Packerâ€™s Knowing God, one of the works that made it onto ESNâ€™s March Madness bracket,Â The Best Christian Books of All Time. As I said then, this book has greatly impacted the way I see and live in the present world. Iâ€™m far from being able to say that Iâ€™ve got this life under wraps (and I hope I never think I do), but Packerâ€™s words have led me to question and wrestle with many â€œwrappedâ€ beliefs that I would’ve probably left inside that worn, crinkly paper of assumption and expectation.
Today Iâ€™m going to work through a few of the several remaining Chapters of Parts II and III, pausing only when I think the main point of the Chapter might bring up some questions for us â€” we who are so easily ensnared by the worrying pursuit of academic success (if youâ€™re anything like me).
Wrath and Judgment
Chapters 14-17 of Part II and the whole of Part III, Chapters 18-22, have as their foundation the biblical concept of propitiation, which is centered upon the age-old problem of the just and loving God of Christianity. Packer confronts Godâ€™s righteous anger and his judgment head-on.