Keep in Step with the Spirit

By J. I. Packer

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Keep in Step with the Spirit

By J. I. Packer

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J. I. Packer’s Classic Work on the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is far from a one-dimensional figure. It is active in many ways throughout the Bible—molding creation, directing history, revealing God’s truth and will, and teaching God’s people. But the foremost—and often neglected—role of the Spirit is to make Christ known to God’s people. 

Keep in Step with the Spirit is a helpful guide to the Holy Spirit that is both conversational in tone and comprehensive in scope, revealing who the Spirit is and how it is active in the lives of believers. In this book, J. I. Packer focuses on how the Spirit is presented in the Old and New Testaments before offering a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the charismatic movement. Packer presents readers with an alternative position to the Charismatic movement that highlights the direct activity of the Holy Spirit yet tests all things by God’s word.


J. I. Packer

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.

Product Details

Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 368
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 14.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7280-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7280-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433572807
Case Quantity: 10
Published: July 27, 2021

Table of Contents

A Preface to the Preface (2005)
Preface (1984)

Getting the Spirit in Focus
The Holy Spirit in the Bible
Mapping the Spirit’s Path: The Way of Holiness
Mapping the Spirit’s Path: Versions of Holiness
Mapping the Spirit’s Path: The Charismatic Life
Mapping the Spirit’s Path: Interpreting the Charismatic Life
Come, Holy Spirit
Heaven on Earth: A Pentecost Exposition

Appendix: The “Wretched Man” in Romans 7
Scripture Index
Topical Index


“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 greater goal in mind: the peace of God’s people as they share a unified understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work. If his irenicism is the end, his polemics are the means. This is the hallmark of classically Reformed treatments on key theological doctrines, and I am thrilled to see this book republished by Crossway.”
Mark Jones, Senior Pastor, Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), Vancouver, British Columbia

“Typically biblical and balanced, the late J. I. Packer gives us a Christian’s field guide to life with the Holy Spirit. In an age marked by confusion and deception, this book helps point us clearly to the Bible’s truth about the Christian life.”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“When we face a debated theological topic, we need a guide who has no ax to grind, who is fair, honest, reasonable and—above all—carefully biblical. We Christians do debate the ministries of the Holy Spirit. But we have a reliable guide in J. I. Packer and Keep in Step with the Spirit. Reading this book, we feel understood, respected, instructed, and more open to the true powers of the blessed Spirit of God.”
Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries