Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Fatherhood of God

I have to chase up a Jim Packer quote. It's from Knowing God, but I haven't got the book with me. Here it is:

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. ‘Father’ is the Christian name for God.

Wonderful quote though, isn't it? If any of you blog readers has this book sitting at home and can give me page number for the quote and publication details of the book, I'll post you a gift on facebook!


adam said...

Its on p226 of my copy, paperback, Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0 340 60408 5

For bonus points, he's actually quoting himself from Evangelical Magazine, 7, p19, f.

Anonymous said...

Packer, J.I. (2004) Knowing God: with Study Guide. Hodder & Stoughton, London. p226

Christopher said...

Hi Gordon. It originally comes from Evangelical Magazine, 7, p. 19f.
Packer quotes himself in Knowing God, page 224 of the Hodder and Stoughton 1975 edition

Did you ever get my parish newspaper thingy with the Potts story on it? Christopher Hobbs, London

CraigS said...

Page 224

Hodder & Stoughton, 1975

Gordon Cheng said...

Thank you everybody!

I'm going with the p 224 1975 edition as that's the one I have in the office. Emma Thornett, our fearless office manager, will love youse all.

Christopher, I was really chuffed by your plagiarism! ;-) Thank you very much for sending me a copy, and I apologize profusely for not replying to you sooner than now. A lot of small but important tasks fell in a hole towards the end of last year, and thanking you was one of them. And yes, I do remember you well. I passed the cheque on to Matthias Media.

I hope and pray that your church flourished over the Christmas period and that you are in good heart.


Gordon Cheng said...

Oh, and if any of you want to befriend me on facebook, I'll send you that gift! 'cept you Craig, I just superpoked you.

Emma said...

Office manager? Hardly. Absentminded editor manager? Possibly.