Here we consider J.I.Packer.’s work on the troubles that may attend the life of a Christian, an important factor in connection with the false promises of perfectionism, and on guidance, and of evil and the character of evangelism. Not only in divine providence, but also in the lifelong antagonism between the flesh and the spirit, the old man and the new. As he said more than once, ‘I, James Packer, am a man under reconstruction’.
Chapter XI ‘Of Justification’ V ‘God doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified: and although they can never fall from the state of justification, yet they may by their sins fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance
Chapter XII ‘Of Adoption’ ‘All that are justified are enabled to cry ‘Abba, Father’, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as a Father’
Chapter XIV ‘Of Saving Faith’ ‘ III This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory ……through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith’.
Ch. XVI ‘Of Good Works, VI ‘God…is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.
Ch. XVII ‘Of the Perseverance of the Saints’, III ‘Nevertheless they may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins: and for a time continue therein: whereby they incur God’s displeasure and grieve his Holy Spirit…..’
'In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world/. (John 16.33)