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Rediscovering Holiness (Packer)

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“As Christ died in order that we may be justified, so we are justified in order that we may be sanctified and made holy.” —J. I. Packer

During his lifetime, late theologian J. I. Packer noticed a troubling lack of concern—particularly among Western Christians—for personal holiness. Many believers ignore the call to Christlikeness, which should be “the goal of our redemption,” and instead focus on worldly distractions. Rediscovering Holiness urges believers to recommit to their sanctification and gives practical examples of spiritual healthiness from Scripture. It also addresses important topics for the Christian life, including the meaning of holiness, repentance, and endurance.

This repackaged edition features additional insights from Packer on the role of holiness in salvation and the renewal of the church, and concludes with an afterword entitled “Holiness in the Dark: The Case of Mother Teresa.”


Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1: What Holiness Is, and Why It Matters
Chapter 2: Exploring Salvation: Why Holiness Is Necessary
Chapter 3: Appreciating Salvation: Where Holiness Begins
Chapter 4: Holiness: The Panoramic View
Chapter 5: Growing Downward to Grow Up: The Life of Repentance
Chapter 6: Growing into Christlikeness: Healthy Christian Experience
Chapter 7: Growing Strong: The Empowered Christian Life
Chapter 8: Hard Gaining: The Discipline of Endurance

Afterword: Holiness in the Dark: The Case of Mother Teresa



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.



“Packer’s book Keep in Step with the Spirit is polemically irenic. Seeking to promote peace in the church, Packer also desired purity. In this book, he offers an argument against certain opinions on the Spirit with a “First published nearly thirty years ago, this book on the theme of holiness has become a modern classic of Christian devotion. J. I. Packer was a master of spiritual theology, and his enduring wisdom shines through in this treasured volume.” - Timothy George, Distinguished Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University