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Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
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In this collection of writings from one of the most well-known theologians of the modern era, Packer strongly defends Trinitarian theology and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ against contemporary challenges. In so doing, he deals with theological issues such as atonement, justification and universalism. He calls for believers to be serious about the Holy Spirit, and his articles on this topic are valuable examples of how to apply theological beliefs to controversial issues within the church.
The articles range from short devotional pieces published in church-sponsored journals, to opinion articles for popular journals like Christianity Today, to major articles for scholarly journals.
1. The Trinity and the Gospel
2. On Covenant Theology
3. Jesus Christ the Lord
4. Jesus Christ: the Only Saviour
5. The Lamb Upon His Throne
6. A Modern View of Jesus
7. The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
8. What Did the Cross Achieve?
9. Sacrifice and Satisfaction
10. Justification: Introductory Essay
11. The Love of God: Universal and Particular
12. Good Pagans and God's Kingdom
13. The Problem of Universalism Today
14. Evangelicals and the Way of Salvation
15. An Agenda for Theology
16. Shy Sovereign
17. On Being Serious About the Holy Spirit
18. The Spirit and His Work
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential thinkers and apologists for Christianity in the twentieth century. He is author of numerous books, including Knowing God, Rediscovering Holiness and Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Beliefs.
parkerj4 Stars Out Of 5Great Collection of WritingsOctober 29, 2013parkerjQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4J.I. Packer is one of the most well known and beloved authors whose works have influenced many Christians. I cut my theological teeth with his most well known work, Knowing God, and have since then loved finding authors who would give me a big picture of who God is. To this day Knowing God is still at the top of my list of most influential books that I've read. It is with this excitement that I received Revelations of the Cross.
Revelations of the Cross is a collection of previously published writings by Packer. These writings come from many different publications and this book brings them all together nicely. Because of the various sources and topics covered the book can feel a bit disjointed, but reading it as a devotional type book (one chapter at a time) proved to be a blessing to me. Some of these writings, like the chapter on Covenant Theology, come from introductions that Packer has written for other's books. In these chapters Packer delivers a nice overview of the topic, giving the reader a nice fly-by and perhaps intriguing us to dig deeper.
The chapter titled What Did the Cross Achieve? is probably the best short writing on penal substitutionary atonement ever written. I have read it before and am still blessed every time I read it. In a day when the Cross, specifically what Christ achieved, is often misunderstood it is a blessing to have such a concise defense of penal substitutionary atonement. The chapter titled: The Love of God: Universal and Particular continues this theme in talking about the nature and the extent of the atonement and how God's love is shown in His predestination of His elect for adoption.
On their own each of these 18 chapters provides the reader with a short study or introduction to a vast array of topics. All combined they prove to be a beneficial book for Christians to grow in their knowledge of God and His ways.
I received a free copy of this book from Hendrickson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.