18 Words: The Most Important Words you will Ever Know (Packer)

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Christian Focus Publications

Death, Devil, Election, Faith, Fellowship, Grace, Holiness, Justification, Lord, Mediator, Mortification, Reconciliation, Regeneration, Revelation, Sanctification, Scripture, Sin & World. If the modern world can be characterized by one thing it is probably the enormous increase in the number of words around - but that increase has also been accompanied by a seemingly corresponding decrease in understanding. It is the irony of the information age that instead of bringing clarity it has raised uninformed opinion to the same level as truth.

The church has also not been faultless. Rather than discuss ideas in order to come to some settled agreement, the church has been characterized as trying to make words mean different things in order to accommodate differences. J. I. Packer is a master wordsmith. He is also gifted with the ability of showing where truth lies in complicated reasoning. These skills combine to make Words from God a fascinating read – and a life-changing one.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: of Biblical Words and Themes

  1. Revelation
  2. Scripture
  3. The Lord
  4. The World
  5. Sin
  6. The Devil
  7. Grace
  8. The Mediator
  9. Reconciliation
  10. Faith
  11. Justification
  12. Regeneration
  13. Election
  14. Holiness and Sanctification
  15. Mortification
  16. Fellowship
  17. Death 



J.I. Packer (born in Gloucester, England) is a British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the Calvinistic Anglican tradition. He currently serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is considered to be one of the most important evangelical theologians of the late 20th century.