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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The Puritans loved the Bible, and dug into it in depth. Also, they loved the Lord Jesus, who is of course the Bible's focal figure; they circled round him, centred on him, studied minutely all that Scripture had to say about him, and constantly, conscientiously, exalted him in their preaching, praises, and prayers. Mark Jones, an established expert on many aspects of Purit ...more
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Published September 28th 2015 by Banner of Truth
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Douglas Wilson
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just a wonderful book. Theologically rich, and devotionally potent.
Christian Barrett
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a blessing. Mark Jones does a fantastic job of walking through deep Christological truths that can benefit mature believers and new converts. This book will be added to my must read list for Christians. I was awestruck as how he took the deep theology of who Jesus is and brought the reader into a worshipful experience of Christ.
Shane Anderson
"This fact alone is our comfort: all we need is one sinless person, the God-man, to take our place… Nothing should provide us with more awe and delight. Nothing should keep our minds busier on earth than this great reality: the Holy One of God was declared unholy, so that unholy sinners might stand unblemished before a holy God." (p. 101, 107)

So begins and ends Jones’ chapter on “Christ’s Sinlessness”, one of twenty-seven chapters in which the author skillfully seeks to turn the reader's thought
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quite frankly this is one of the best books I've ever read. It took me a while, not because it was hard to finish but because it was so rich I only wanted to bite at it and chew long on what I got each time. This is theology done well. It is concise, devotional, lucid, and the product of a mind that swims in the best of our reformed and Puritan heritage.

On Facebook I said this book is a potential candidate for the books that have most influenced me. The reason is that I feel I never really under
Bambi Moore
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many have described this book as potent, and it’s a good word. Count me among those who feel Knowing Christ is a modern classic. Beautiful, sound Christology. This is my favorite book of 2018. I love Christ more after reading it.
An Idler
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
An undercover review of Puritan Christology, in a format for general audiences. Really great stuff - you'll learn something about Christ in this, probably something surprising that will have a fundamental impact on your faith. Mark Jones isn't the best writer, but with this kind of content it's an easy recommendation. ...more
Drew Miller
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
Knowing Christ is one of those books that reminds you of how little you know. I would rate this book as fairly academic, not something I would give to a new believer. I will say that it is a must read for believer's, however. I appreciate Mark Jones for being concise. As he says in the end, he could have easily doubled this size of this book.

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John Boyne
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
Mark Jones' book "Knowing Christ" is an excellent companion book to J. I. Packer's book "Knowing God". Jones focuses in on the character and attributes of Christ, explaining key aspects of Christ's divine and human natures, showing how they work together, and how Christ interacts with his people and the world. The book is written in a very easy to read fashion with small chapters describing each specific aspect of Christ's character. Examples include: Christ's dignity, covenant, prayers, temptat ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great survey of many aspects of the person and work of Christ from a Reformed theological perspective. I particularly liked and learned much about a topic that many people claim as one of their beliefs (“Jesus is fully God and fully man.”) but may never have really considered or studied, adding much theological depth and richness to what Christ being the God-Man actually means. Jones’ writing style leaves something to be desired (kind of dry or abrupt at times) and the survey format also can pre ...more
Peter Jones
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the attributes of Christ. Mark Jones channels the Puritans for both quotes and style.

What struck me was the emphasis on Christ's humanity and how He walked with Spirit. My view has been that Christ's divinity trumped everything. So when he triumphed over Satan in the wilderness it was because he was God. But the truth is that Christ was not just God. He was the perfect man who trusted his Father and was filled with Spirit beyond measure. Therefore he defeated Satan not beca
Paul Stuart
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best Christological work I have ever read. I will definitely read it multiple times throughout my life. My favorite aspect of this book is not just the high theology on Christ's divinity but also on Christ's humanity; for without Christ's active obedience being fulfilled according to the flesh, we would all be lost and our salvation void. The chapters are succinct and devotional, and the final chapter (being a sort of culmination of everything stated before) is practically worthy of ...more
Becky Hintz
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
When you bill a book as the companion to Knowing God, you're setting expectations high. This book just didn't live up to the hype. Its language is far more lofty than Packer's; far more formal and theological. It reads more like a series of lectures than sermons--it just misses the punch, the get-in-your-kitchen relevance, the lines connecting theology to life. I preferred Bruce Ware's book on Christ, which covered much of the same ground in a more engaging way. ...more
Alex Stein
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has stirred my affections for Jesus more than any other book outside of the Bible. I’m going back through and taking notes now. After that, I’ll probably take more notes of my notes. Read this book!
Daniel Henderson
Excellent. My favourite book of the year.
Tom Sussex
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book really is one of the best. It is dense, and reading it can feel like wading through mud, but it is so so rewarding. Every sentence is rich with scripture, and it helps you to wrap your mind around the deeper mysteries of God whilst leaving you in awe and wonder at his ways. I've been reading it for 18 months (very sporadically) but it has helped me to experience a real closeness with Christ, and looking at the glimpses of his glory in the pages of his Word has helped me fix my eyes upo ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know it’s early, but Knowing Christ is going to be on my favorite books list this year. It centers upon whom our identity should be founded. I am a Christian, not because I want to escape hell, experience forgiveness, live in hope in a fallen world, though these are all good side blessings of being saved. I am a Christian because of Christ. If there is anyone or anything more desirable to me than Him, then I am just fooling myself.

This is a devotional book more than anything. It isn’t somethi
Kevin Sheth
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Knowing Christ is a gold mine of rich, Puritan Christology that will be of great benefit to Christians of little or great faith.
Kyle Grindberg
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Didn't like it so much at first, but found myself liking it more and more as I went through it. ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to really get going on this book, mainly because I wanted to make sure I had quality time to spend on it. I definitely feel like I understand more about Christ, and I hope I retain what I've learned. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Some profound theological reflection written in short devotional chapters. I especially appreciated Jones's emphasis on the humanity of Christ. I'm more thankful for Jesus because of this book, and I hope it becomes a staple.

I would recommend this to *everyone*.

(It could also serve as an introduction to the Puritans. The endnotes tell you all the right names to be reading.)
Nate Hoover
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Puritanish guide to the Incarnate Son of God. I learned a ton! Really edifying approach to this work, Mark Jones has adopted the Puritans' view that all theology is spirituality. Jesus really is the light of the glory of God! ...more
Michael Boling
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that come along that can be described as instant classics. One such book is Mark Jones latest release, Knowing Christ. A noted expert in the writings of the Puritan authors, Jones examines in this book twenty-seven aspects that help us understand our Savior.

We know Jesus, but do we really know Jesus with the difference being mere head knowledge versus an intimate relationship. In order to have this intimate knowledge of our Savior, we must dig into Scripture to understand w
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very fine book that more than lives up to Knowing God, which is a pretty high standard. Like Packer's book, it's a great devotional with fairly short chapters that you could easily read over breakfast. It's also a good book for knowing about some good Puritan theologians; indeed, one of the greatest strengths is that Jones writes like a Puritan, with gravitas, dignity, and reverence. I know that some people have been put off by his online personality, but I also know for a fact that Jo ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
What a treasure! This book is so rich, not only with theological truths for the mind to explore and meditate on, but with pastoral insights and applications that bring the knowledge from the head to the heart and the will. The intellectual reflections plumb the depths of human understanding of the incarnate Son while never losing the profound spiritual wonder of the Puritan tradition, and yet I'm sure the author would say that he has only scratched the surface. The chapters were just the right l ...more
Mark Loughridge
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book - 27 short crisp chapters looking at various aspects of Christ's life.

Many passages highlighted that made me want to get on my knees and thank God for all that Jesus has done for me.

Devotional and heart-warming, but not quite as effervescent as Mike Reeves' "Rejoicing in Christ". Jones covers a vast array of theology in a brief space--and does it without it being overly heavy. He also introduces the reader to an army of Puritan giants--whets the appetite to read more by them.

Two gre
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice short chapters and beautiful insights into who Jesus is and what He has done for us. It left me wanting more.

Just a taste of one thing that struck me in the book. He has a chapter on Jesus' reading. I never thought about this before, but Jesus would probably have had the whole Bible memorized by age 12. And He knew then who He was. Imagine reading a book as a pre-teen that is all about you and tells you all the things that will happen to you. Jesus had that experience.
Ryan Hawkins
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glorious. You can't go wrong here. What a joy it is to read about Christ from a man steeped in the Scriptures who has learned from those in history who revelled most in the glories of Christ.

JI Packer, who himself authored the famous "Knowing God", provides the forward—which should say enough to get anyone to read it. But if that's not enough, just someone meditating for 27 chapters on a different facet of Christ should get any Christian excited.

To be honest, I thought the first half was better
Steve Hemmeke
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve read three of Mark Jones’ books now, and have yet to be disappointed.
Here he brings his extensive knowledge of the puritans to bear on a devotional treatment of Christ’s attributes. Each chapter is about 8 pages, for easy reading in one sitting. Solidly orthodox, Jones covers His birth, death, resurrection, offices, etc. as expected. But he isn’t afraid to give a little creative touch, too, with chapters on Christ’s emotions, His growth, and His reading.

One recurring and helpful theme is th
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best recent book on Christology - biblical, reformed, experiential, devotional, practical. Jones writes with clarity on a wide range of topics relating to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

There are 27 chapters, and each one is excellent on its own.

Favorite Chapters: Christ's Humanity, Christ's Emotions, Christ's Prayers, Christ's Temptation, Christ's Transfiguration, and Christ's Face.

Highly Recommend
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Rev. Dr. Mark Jones (PhD, Leiden Universiteit) has been the Minister at Faith Vancouver Church (PCA) since 2007. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He lectures at various seminaries around the world and is currently writing a book

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