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“The canonical Scriptures are a veritable book of life, showing us God in relation to the most dramatic human crises, the most elemental human emotions, and the most basic human relationships.” —From the Introduction

Scripture, the inerrant revelation of God, is filled with eternal promises for Christ’s people and principles for living according to his will. As many people struggle to believe, find joy in, or even understand the Bible, it’s imperative we rediscover the incalculable value of God’s word.

In God Has Spoken, theologian J. I. Packer expertly defends the reliability of Scripture. He explains how doctrine is essential for learning about God’s character, his purpose for the world, and the need for salvation. This book will help you appreciate and obey Scripture while finding fellowship with God.


Table of Contents:

Foreword (1993)

Chapter 1: Introduction (1979)
Chapter 2: The Lost Word
Chapter 3: God’s Word Spoken (I)
Chapter 4: God’s Word Spoken (II)
Chapter 5: God’s Word Written
Chapter 6: God’s Word Heard

Appendix I: The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978)
Appendix II: The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982)



J. I. Packer (1926–2020) served as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He authored numerous books, including the classic best seller Knowing God. Packer also served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.



“J. I. Packer is known for many things, chief of which is his rigorous, unambiguous, and thoroughly persuasive defense of the inerrancy of Scripture. I read God Has Spoken years ago, but have often returned to it for a clear and convincing portrayal of the complete infallibility of the biblical text. This book is written in such a way that both the average Christian and the scholar can greatly benefit. Highly recommended!” - Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

“For decades, whenever I’ve wrestled with questions about the inspiration and revelation of Scripture, I have reached for God Has Spoken, the timeless classic written by J. I. Packer. This Christian statesman was one of the twentieth century’s greatest theologians; his bright intellect and love for Christ shines in God Has Spoken, his thoroughly researched and trustworthy text. Sadly, many Christians today turn to popular paraphrases as their “trustworthy text” rather than the word of God, but now, a new generation can turn to a fresh edition of Packer’s enduring work to better grasp the importance of biblical inerrancy. I applaud the release of this book, and have great hopes its wisdom will help shape the church’s reverence for the integrity of God’s precious word!” - Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

God Has Spoken is one of J. I. Packer’s most important books. It is nothing less than a summary of his lifelong teaching about the Bible. It is three books in one, offering a summary of Christian teaching about the Bible in the history of the church, a complete survey of what the Bible itself says about God’s written and spoken word, and an application of all this data to the contemporary hermeneutical scene. The final effect of Packer’s book is to serve as a corrective to error and an encouragement to fully embrace the Bible at both personal and institutional levels.” - Leland Ryken, Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College; author, J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life