Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Knowing ChristJones, Mark. Knowing Christ. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2015. 256 pp. $16.00. Purchase at Amazon or Westminster Books for less.

Introduction

Mark Jones has been the minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA), Canada since 2007. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at John Wycliffe Theological College, in association with North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa.

Mark is a lover of the Puritans, and has written or co-authored a number of books on the Puritans.

Watch this 16 minute conversation between Mark Jones and JI Packer (author of Knowing God).

Summary

Divided into 27 chapters, Mark looks at differing aspects of who Christ is. Among the obvious of Christ’s divinity, Incarnation, and resurrection, the reader will also look at Christ’s faith, His emotions, His reading, and His prayers.

Following is a complete list of the chapters (all preceded by “Christ’s”:

  • Declaration
  • Dignity
  • Covenant
  • Incarnation
  • Divinity
  • Humanity
  • Companion
  • Faith
  • Emotions
  • Growth
  • Reading
  • Prayers
  • Sinlessness
  • Temptations
  • Humiliation
  • Transfiguration
  • Miracles
  • Sayings
  • Death
  • Resurrection
  • Exaltation
  • Intercession
  • People
  • Wrath
  • Face
  • Names
  • Offices

Review

This is as close to an exhaustive treatise on the doctrine of Jesus Christ, or Christology if you prefer, as I have read. I genuinely had to read it one chapter a day for fear of being overwhelmed by the information. The chapters are not very long, but will have you meditating and thinking on Christ all day long.

The end notes will point the reader where they can read more in depth on each one of the twenty-seven aspects of Christ discussed in the book. Let’s be honest, we will never exhaust our understanding of Christ or God or the Holy Spirit for all eternity. We can, however, get a good running start!

Mark’s ability to weave history and Scripture together to show the importance of a right understanding of who Christ is and what He accomplished. I found myself feeling like a first grader reading some of these chapters. I could not believe I had either missed so much of who Christ was or had so many misunderstandings myself. Keep in mind, none of them were heretical, but they were all less than what the Bible teaches.

You can take this quiz that was posted by Challies a while back to see how much you know (or do not know about Christ).

This is a well-researched and well-written book that, in my opinion, is already a classic. It will become one of those indispensable resources that every serious believer will want to have for their own library as well as to be able to give away copies.

Recommendation

I have read/skimmed over a 1,000 books for this website. I have offered a qualified positive recommendation for most of them (a conscious choice I made years ago). There are many I have declared to be “must reads” for various reasons or another. I have only read two other books (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Knowing God), save the Bible, that became foundational to my understanding of theology and the Christian life. Knowing Christ is now the third. This book will challenge what you think you know about your Savior and Lord and will lead you to worship your Lord and Savior.

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