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POOR YET RICH

Friday, February 6th, 2009

aw-pink-3Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

One of the prayers which the Lord teaches His people to pray is, “Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1). Empty professors filled with pride, by their very attitude and actions, boast that they are “rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:17). But the real child of God, whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit to see his utter worthlessness, freely acknowledges that he is (in himself) “poor and needy”; and the Lord Jesus declares “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3). May more of this poverty be our felt portion.

The child of God is in himself “poor and needy”: that is a most necessary qualification, for in Christ he is rich and possesses all things (1 Cor. 3:21). In Christ there is an infinite “fullness,” and it is the office and work of faith to draw upon and draw from the same. It is the Christian’s unspeakable privilege to recognize that he is now (not simply will be in Heaven) a “joint-heir” with Christ. It is his glorious privilege to perceive that Christ is the Head of His people, and as a wife turns to her husband for money to meet the household expenses, so His Spouse should act toward her Husband—coming to Him for counsel, help, supplies of need, in full confidence that His love will freely bestow them. Thus we have sought, again, to preserve the balance of Truth.

Not until we are made to feel anew our emptiness, nothingness, sinfulness, woeful condition, shall we continue to turn unto Him whose exhaustless riches are ever available when the empty hand of faith is extended toward Him. Alas, so many of His dear people have been left with the impression (if not expressly taught so) that there is nothing better for them, while here in this wilderness, than to feel their helplessness and groan over their wretchedness, remaining spiritual paupers to the end of their journey. No doubt that is greatly to be preferred to the self-sufficiency and self-righteousness of the bloated and Satan-deceived “free-willers.” Yes, indeed; a million times better for any of us to lie wounded, stripped, groaning, and half-dead by the wayside, than be left by God wholly dead in a state of carnal delight. And yet, beloved, it is far from glorifying to the Lord, as it is far from our entering into the Inheritance which is now ours, to be the helpless “victim of circumstances,” the captive of the flesh, or the doormat of Satan. Daily living by faith on Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint.

Not that we are suggesting it is possible for any of us to attain a state or experience where we are no longer tripped up by Satan, or wounded by the flesh. No; but rather that the Christian should refuse to continue in that wounded state and go on lying on the ground moaning and groaning. Our duty is to search out what it was in us which gave Satan the occasion to trip us up and the flesh to wound us; confess it to God, put it under the Blood, and seek grace to enable us to be more watchful against a repetition of the same. We should eye the all-sufficient Atonement, count upon its efficacy to cleanse from the guilt and defilement of the fall we experienced; and having put the matter right with God refuse to allow it now to hinder our communion with Him—our free approaches unto and our delighting ourselves in His promises.

Does the reader say, in answer to what has just been said, “That is easier said than done.” Of course, for all “doing” requires effort! After the confession of a failure and fall, a feeling of shame and heaviness frequently oppresses the soul and makes it exceedingly difficult to approach the Holy One with filial freedom. What then is to be done? This: begin by thanking God for the marvelous grace which has made such full provision for our wretched failures: praise Him for laying all your sins upon Christ. Then what? Why, continue praising Him that the blood of Christ is of such amazing potency, of such infinite efficacy, that it “cleanses us from all sin.” Bless the God of all grace that He invites needy souls to come to His throne for mercy. That, my Christian reader, is the way to overcome heaviness of soul when filled with shame (after confession), and the way to overcome Satan’s efforts to keep you depressed: thanksgivings and praises for the provisions of mercy for failing saints will give “freedom of access” and restore unto the joy of communion quicker than anything.

It is written “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). There can be no spiritual energy for the cheerful performance of duty, no buoyant heart for the trials of life, unless the joy of the Lord fills the soul. It was by the “joy that was set before Him” that Christ “endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). True, He was “the Man of Sorrows,” and “acquainted with grief” to an extent which none of us ever are; yet those sorrows did not incapacitate Him for attending to His Father’s business: that deep “grief” hindered Him not from daily going about “doing good.” No, there was a “joy” which sustained, which nerved, which energized Him for the doing of God’s will.

Beloved fellow-pilgrim—groaning it may be over vile corruptions felt within, or disheartened and dismayed by the multiplying difficulties and obstacles without—that blessed One is still saying “If any man thirsts, (for joy, or any spiritual grace) let him come unto Me, and DRINK” (John 7:37)—draw from My fullness.

It is striking to observe the setting of these words “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). They were spoken to the godly remnant in a “day of small things.” That remnant had listened to the reading and expounding of the law (Neh. 8:7, 8). As they listened, they were rebuked, reproved, condemned; and, in consequence “all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.” That was startling, unusual, blessed: to behold a contrite and broken-hearted people is both a rare and precious sight. But were they to continue thus? lying in the dust sobbing and groaning? No, to them the words came “Do not be sorrowful”—dry up your tears, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” There is “a time to weep” and there is also “a time to laugh”; “a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccl. 3:4)! After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.

With permission from Grace Gems

Over-Righteous

Friday, February 6th, 2009

aw-pink-6Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)

“Do not be over-righteous.” Ecclesiastes 7:16

Some of our readers may be surprised to discover that there is such a statement as this in Holy Writ, and at first glance consider it an exhortation we do not need. Yet on second thought they should perceive that their hasty conclusion was wrong, for there can be nothing in the imperishable Word of God which is superfluous, and no precept which we can dispense with without suffering loss. Even in this day of abounding lawlessness, of rapidly increasing moral laxity, when there is such an urgent need for pressing the righteous claims of God upon one another, the Christian requires to give careful heed to this word: “Do not be over-righteous.”

It is a question of sound interpretation, of rightly understanding the meaning and application of this Divine injunction. First, let us briefly point out what our text does not mean. “Do not be over-righteous.” Those words have often been quoted in the past by empty professors against those children of God whose conscientiousness and piety condemned their looseness. They have said, “I do not feel that such carefulness and preciseness are required of us; you are altogether too punctilious over trifles: why make yourself and all whom you come into contact with, miserable? what need is there for so much denying of self, separation from the world, and acting differently from other people?” They argue, “Christ did everything for us which God requires of us.” Anything which made real demands upon them, which called for the mortification of the flesh, for the laying aside of “every weight” which would hinder from running the race God has set before His people, they counted as “fanaticism,” “puritanic,” being “over-righteous.” And their tribe is not extinct! But such is obviously a perversion of our text.

We cannot love God too much, nor keep His precepts too diligently. What, then, is the force of these words, “Do not be over-righteous”? First, let it be duly observed that our text occurs in the Old Testament. The Lord God knew the temper of the Jews, their proneness to lean upon their own works and trust in the sufficiency of them to secure their acceptance before Him; therefore did He place this word on record to warn them against indulging in the spirit of self-destruction, against pretending unto a greater righteousness than they actually had. In this very same chapter, only two or three verses later, He tells them plainly, “There is not a just man upon earth that does good and sins not” (v. 20). Thus the righteousness of Another is absolutely indispensable if any sinner is to find acceptance with the thrice Holy God. Beware, then, of thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to think, and being proud in your own conceits. The need for such a word, and their utter disregard of it, was plainly evidenced by the self-righteous Pharisees of Christ’s day, who trusted in their own performances and despised and rejected Him.

But the truly regenerated soul has been delivered from this fatal tendency of the unrenewed heart. He has been supernaturally enlightened and convicted by the Spirit of Truth. He has been shown how impossible it is for him to meet the high requirements of God, and has been made to feel that his best doings are but “filthy rags” in God’s sight. What, then, is the legitimate application of this exhortation unto himself: “Do not be over-righteous”?

Answer: by assuming duties to which God has not called us, by undertaking austerities which God has not enjoined. We read of “the commandments and doctrines of men” with their “touch not, taste not, handle not” (Col. 2:21, 22), and to be brought under bondage to them, is being “righteous over much,” for it is going beyond what God Himself has prescribed for us. The Jewish Rabbies and scribes invented a vast number of traditions and ceremonies over and above what God commanded, supposing that by observing the same they were holier than others; and even condemned the Lord Jesus because He declined to observe their rules: see Mark 7:2, 5; and let it be duly observed that Christ and His disciples refused to heed their scruples, though He knew they would be “offended” or hurt!

The same principle is operative among the poor Papists, with their invention of religious works: the “celibacy” of their “priests,” their “Lenten fasts” etc. are examples. Nor is the same evil absent among Protestants: many of them have invented laws and rules, demanding that Christians totally abstain from some of the “all things” which God has given us richly “to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17), though not to abuse; compliance therewith is being “over-righteous!”

“Do not be over-righteous.” This word has a manifold application to Christians today. Be not too rigorous in standing up for your “rights,” but “in love serve one another.” Refuse not to help the animal out of the pit, simply because he falls into one on the Sabbath day! Let your zeal in “service” be regulated by the rules of Holy Writ. Insist not upon your full “pound of flesh”: having received mercy of God, exercise mercy towards others. Beware of paying more attention to the outward forms of religion than to the cultivation of the heart. “There may be overdoing in well doing” (Matthew Henry): some have wrecked their constitutions by over-study, over-fasting, and by refusing lawful means. Nothing is required of us but what God has enjoined in His Word.

With permission from Grace Gems

Pink’s Archive Links

Friday, February 6th, 2009

aw-pink-3Links to Providence Baptist Ministries

 

 

 

 

·        Pink’s Archive

·        Divine Covenants

·        A Fourfold Salvation

·        A Guide to Fervent Prayer

·        A Study of Dispensationalism

·        An Exposition of Hebrews

·        An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount

·        Booklets & Pamphlets

·        Comfort for Christians

·        Divine Healing: Is It Scriptural?

·        Eternal Punishment

·        Eternal Security

·        Gleanings From Elisha: His Life and Miracles

·        Gleanings From Paul

·        Gleanings in Exodus

·        Gleanings in Genesis

·        Gleanings in Joshua

·        Gleanings in the Godhead

·        Interpretation of the Scriptures

·        Practical Christianity

·        Profiting from the Word of God

·        Regeneration or the New Birth

·        Studies on Saving Faith

·        Spiritual Growth

·        The Antichrist

·        The Attributes of God

·        The Beatitudes

·        The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

·        The Doctrine of Election

·        The Doctrine of Justification

·        The Doctrine of Man’s Impotence

·        The Doctrine of Reconciliation

·        The Doctrine of Revelation

·        The Doctrine of Sanctification

·        The Gospel of John

·        The Holy Spirit

·        The Law and the Saint

·        The Life of David, Vols. I & II

·        The Life of Elijah

·        The Life of Faith

·        The Lord’s Prayer

·        The Prophetic Parables of Matthew 13

·        The Redeemer’s Return

·        The Satisfaction of Christ

·        The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross

·        The Sovereignty of God

·        The Ten Commandments

·        The Total Depravity of Man

·        Tithing

·        Why Four Gospels? 

The Sovereignty of God

Friday, February 6th, 2009

wc-peru-women-2Excerpt from “The Attributes of God” By Arthur W. Pink

“Rightly did the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon say in his sermon on Matthew 20:15 “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands—the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne.”

Every Wednesday I am in a book study on The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink and today we discussed God’s Sovereignty in the delegation of His power to others, Of His exercise of His Mercy, how He bestows His mercies on whom He pleases and withholds them as seems good unto Himself, of His sovereignty in exercising His mercy to whom He will and the same with the exercise of His love. We shared how God chooses to give wealth to some and how others are poor. We spoke of how disasters which cause serious loss, destruction and hardship, grief and unhappiness or even death, hit some and others are speared. We shared Bible verses in Isaiah chapters 28 and 55 as well as verses in Acts – we shared verses in Romans 9:15, John 5:3-9 2 Kings 20:1-6, John 3:27, Ephesians 2:3, Deut. 8:18, Heb. 11:36 – 37. As we read we discussed why some people suffered terribly and others were speared, and all we can say is that it pleases God to do so to whom He choose and that we are the clay and He is the pottery, God having the right to do as He pleases. We read Rev. 4:11 where God states: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Then we read that God’s word would not return void but would accomplish just what God intended it to. Isaiah 55: 11 So shall My word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

As we think of God’s sovereignty, we can rest assuredly that He has spoken and it shall be and we can rest in the fact, that He knows just what He is working and for what purpose and to what end He has already decreed, for it shall all come to pass according to His Almighty will and in that we will always find peace even in our hard times.

Have a blessed day discovering the Sovereignty of God.

Lynn

With permission from Grace Gems

But How May I Be Sure That My Works Have Been Wrought In Me By God?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-6By: A.W. Pink

But how may I be sure that my works have been “wrought in me” by God? Mainly by their effects. If you have been born again, you have a new nature within. This new nature is spiritual and contrary to the flesh—contrary in its desires and aspirations. Because the old and new natures are contrary to each other, there is a continual war between them. Are you conscious of this inward conflict?

If your repentance be a God-wrought one, then you abhor yourself. If your repentance be a genuine and spiritual one, then you marvel that God did not long ago cast you into hell. If your repentance be the gift of Christ, then you daily mourn the wretched return which you make to God’s wondrous grace; you hate sin, you sorrow in secret before God for your manifold transgressions. Not simply do you do so at conversion, but daily do so now.

If your faith be a God-communicated one, it is evidenced by your turning away from all creature confidences, by a renunciation of your own self-righteousness, by a repudiation of all your own works. If your faith be “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1), then you are resting alone on Christ as the ground of your acceptance before God. If your faith be the result of “the operation of God,” then you implicitly believe His Word, you receive it with meekness, you crucify reason, and accept all He has said with childlike simplicity.

If your love for Christ be the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:25), then it evidences itself by constantly seeking to please Him, and by abstaining from what you know is displeasing to Him: in a word, by an obedient walk. If your love for Christ be the love of “the new man,” then you pant after Him, you yearn for communion with Him above everything else. If your love for Christ be the same in kind (though not in degree) as His love for you, then you are eagerly looking forward to His glorious appearing, when He shall come again to receive His people unto Himself, that they may be forever with the Lord. May the grace of spiritual discernment be given the reader to see whether his Christian profession be real or a sham, whether his hope is built upon the Rock of Ages or the quicksand’s of human resolutions, efforts, decisions, or feelings; whether, in short, his salvation is “of the Lord” or the vain imagination of his own deceitful heart. – From “Experimental Salvation” by A.W. Pink

With permission from The Highway

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:21-24

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:12-14

I Would Fly Away, And Be At Rest!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-2(Arthur Pink, “The Rest of Christ”)

“Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden–and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

There is also a FUTURE rest beyond any that can be experienced here, though our best conceptions are most inadequate of the glory awaiting the people of God.

In Heaven, there shall be a perfect resting from all of our sins–for nothing shall ever enter there, which could either defile or disturb our peace. The Christian yearns to be done with sin forever–that there may never again be anything in his heart or life dishonoring unto the One who has redeemed him at such infinite cost. He pants for perfect conformity to the image of Christ, and for unbroken fellowship with Him.

What it will mean to be delivered from indwelling corruptions–no mortal tongue can tell. The plague of their hearts is a constant occasion of grief to the saints–as long as they are left in this wilderness of sin. It is a burden under which they groan, and from which they long to be delivered. The closer a believer’s walk with the Lord, and the more intimate his communion with Him–the more bitterly he bewails that sin within him, which is ever fighting against his endeavors after holiness. Therefore it was, that the Apostle cried out, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death!” (Romans 7:24) But blessed be God, we shall not carry this burden beyond the grave–the hour of death will free us from all indwelling evil.

In Heaven, there will be perpetual rest from all our afflictions. Though afflictions are needful for us in this present scene, and when sanctified to us are also profitable; nevertheless they are grievous to bear. But a day is coming when such tribulations will no longer be necessary, for all the dross shall have been purged from the gold. The storms of life will all be behind, and an unbroken calm shall be the believer’s portion forever and ever!

Where there shall be no more sin–there shall be no more sorrow! “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes! And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever!” Revelation 21:4

“Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then I would fly away, and be at rest!” Psalm 55:6

With permission from Grace Gem’s

Your Many Defects And Corruptions

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-6(Arthur Pink, “Christ our Exemplar“)

“Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
 
Sincere believers are often cast down by the realization of how far, far short they come to measuring up to the standard which Christ has set before them. According to the yearnings of the new nature—you have sincerely endeavored to follow Christ’s example, but being weak in grace and meeting with much opposition from the flesh and temptations from the Devil—you have been frequently turned aside from the holy purposes and designs of your honest hearts—to the great grief and discouragement of your souls. You can heartily say with David, “O that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!” (Psalm 119:5), and you have tried hard and long to follow after exact holiness, “if by any means you might attain unto it.” But your efforts have been repeatedly thwarted, your aspirations dashed, and you have to cry out, “O wretched man that I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin!” (Romans 7:24)
 
First,
let us assure the genuinely exercised soul, that such defects in obedience do not invalidate your justification, or in any way affect your acceptance with, and standing before God. Your justification is not built upon your obedience—but upon Christ’s. However imperfect you are in yourself, you are “complete in Him” (Col. 2:10). Woe had it been to Abraham, Moses, David, and Paul—if their justification had depended upon their own holiness and good works. Let not, then, your sad failures dampen your joy in Christ—but rather be increasingly thankful for His robe of righteousness, which hides your filthy rags!

Second, your heart-anguish over your unlikeness to Christ, evidences that you have a sincere acquaintance with the evil of your heart, a deep loathing of sin, and truly love God. The most eminent saints have made the bitterest lamentation on this account, “My sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear. My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness!” (Psalm 38:4-5)

Third, the Holy Spirit makes an excellent use of your infirmities, and turns your failures unto spiritual advantages. By those very defects—He humbles you, subdues your self-righteousness, causes you to appreciate more deeply the riches of free grace, and to place a higher value upon the precious blood of the Lamb. By your many falls—He makes you to long more ardently for Heaven—and gradually reconciles you to the prospect of death. The more a holy soul is buffeted by sin and Satan—the more sincerely will he cry out, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest!” (Psalm 55:6). “O the blessed chemistry of Heaven, to extract such mercies—out of such miseries!” (John Flavel), to make sweet flowers—spring up out of such bitter roots!

Fourth, your bewailed infirmities do not break the bond of the Everlasting Covenant! That holds firm, notwithstanding your many defects and corruptions. “Iniquities prevail against me” said David—yet in the same breath he added, “You shall purge them away!” (Psalm 65:3)

Fifth, though the defects of your obedience are grievous to God—yet your deep sorrows for them are well-pleasing in His sight, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit—a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise!” (Psalm 51:17)

Sixth, your very grief is a conformity to Christ—for when here, He was “the Man of sorrows.” If He suffered because of our sins—shall we not be made to weep over them?

Seventh, “Though God has left many defects to humble you—yet He has given many things to comfort you. This is a comfort—that your sins are not your delight as once they were—but your shame and sorrow! This is a comfort—that your case is not singular, but more or less the same complaints and sorrows are found in all gracious souls in the world!” (John Flavel)

With permission from Grace Gem’s

Why Is It?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-4(Arthur Pink, “Fearing God in His Sovereign Majesty”)

“An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes!” Psalm 36:1

Why is it that, today, the masses are so utterly unconcerned about spiritual and eternal things, and that they are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God? Why is it that defiance of God is becoming more open, more blatant, more daring? The answer is, because “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

Again, why is it that the authority of the Scriptures has been lowered so sadly of late? Why is it that even among those who profess to be the Lord’s people, that there is so little real subjection to His Word, and that its precepts are so lightly esteemed and so readily set aside?

Ah! what needs to be stressed today—is that God is a God to be feared! Happy is the person who has been awed by a view of God’s majesty, who has had a vision of . . .
  God’s unutterable greatness,
  His ineffable holiness,
  His perfect righteousness,
  His irresistible power,
  His sovereign grace!

Time was, when it was the general custom to speak of a believer as “a God-fearing man”. That such an appellation has become extinct—only serves to show where we have drifted. Nevertheless, it still stands written, “Like as a father pities His children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him!” Psalm 103:13

When we speak of godly fear, of course, we do not mean a servile fear, such as prevails among the heathen in connection with their gods. No! We mean that spirit which Jehovah is pledged to bless, that spirit to which the prophet referred when he said, “To this man will I look—even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2

Nothing will foster this godly fear, like a recognition of the sovereign majesty of God!

“I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you—this is the One to fear!” Luke 12:4-5 

With permission from Grace Gem’s

One Of The Most Pathetic Sights In This World

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-7(Arthur Pink, “The Rest of Christ”)

“Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden–and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28One of the most pathetic sights in this world, is to behold the unregenerate, vainly seeking happiness and contentment in the things of time and sense–and finding that these are all broken cisterns which can hold no water. They are like the poor woman mentioned in Mark 5:26, who “had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better–she grew worse!”

“I will give you rest.” What a claim to make! To impart rest of soul to another, lies beyond the power of the most exalted creature. Neither Confucius, Buddha, nor Mohammed ever made such a claim as this!

As Christ is the only One who can bestow rest of soul–so there is no true rest to be found apart from Him. The creature cannot impart it. The world cannot communicate it. We ourselves cannot, by any efforts of our own, manufacture it.

What is the nature of this “rest” which Christ gives to all who truly come to Him? It is a spiritual rest, a satisfying rest, “rest for the soul” as the Savior declares later in this passage. It is such a rest as this world can neither give–nor take away.

It is a rest from that vain and wearisome quest, which engages and absorbs the sinner, before the Spirit of God opens his eyes to see his folly–and moves him to seek after the true riches. It is indeed pitiful–to behold those who are made for eternity–wasting their time and energies wandering from object to object, searching for that which cannot satisfy them–only to be vexed by repeated and incessant disappointments. And thus it is with all–until they come to Christ, for He has written over all the pursuits and pleasures of this world, “Whoever drinks of this water–shall thirst again!” (John 4:13)

Forcibly was that fact exemplified by the case of Solomon, who was provided with everything which the carnal heart could desire, and who gratified his lusts to the full, only to find that, “Behold, all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind!” (Eccl. 1:14). It is from this vexation of spirit, that Christ delivers His people, for He declares “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him–shall never thirst!” (John 4:14)

With permission from Grace Gem’s

When They Awake In Hell!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-3(Arthur Pink, “Present Day Evangelism”)

If “modern evangelism” is weighed in the balances of Holy Writ, it will be found lacking; lacking that which is vital to genuine conversion, lacking what is essential if sinners are to be shown their need of a Savior, lacking that which will produce the transformed lives of new creatures in Christ Jesus.

The “evangelism” of the day is not only superficial to the last degree—but it is radically defective. It is utterly lacking a foundation on which to base an appeal for sinners to come to Christ. There is not only a lamentable lack of proportion (the mercy of God being made far more prominent than His holiness, His love than His wrath)—but there is a fatal omission of that which God has given for the purpose of imparting a knowledge of sin. There is not only a reprehensible introducing of humorous witticisms and entertaining anecdotes—but there is a studied omission of dark background upon which alone the Gospel can effectively shine forth.

In twentieth-century evangelism, there has been a woeful ignoring of the solemn truth of the total depravity of man. There has been a complete underrating of the desperate case and condition of the sinner. Very few indeed have faced the unpalatable fact—that every man is thoroughly corrupt by nature, that he is completely unaware of his own wretchedness, blind and helpless, and dead in trespasses and sins! Because such is his case, because his heart is filled with enmity against God—it follows that no man can be saved without the special and supernatural intervention of God.

The teaching of Holy Writ on this point is unmistakable: man’s plight is such that his salvation is impossible, unless God puts forth His almighty power. No stirring of the emotions by anecdotes, no regaling of the senses by music, no oratory of the preacher, no persuasive appeals—are of the slightest avail. None but the Holy Spirit can make him willing in the day of His power (Psalm 110:3). He alone can produce godly sorrow for sin, and saving faith in the Gospel. He alone can make us not love ourselves first and foremost, and bring us into subjection to the Lordship of Christ.

But serious indeed as is the above indictment, worse still is that which is being retailed by the cheap-jack evangelists of the day. The positive content of their message is nothing but a throwing of dust in the eyes of the sinner. His soul is put to sleep by the devil’s opiate, ministered in a most unsuspecting form. Those who really receive the “message” which is now being given out from most of the “orthodox” pulpits and platforms today—are being fatally deceived. It is a way which seems right unto a man—but unless God sovereignly intervenes by a miracle of grace, all who follow it will surely find, that the ends thereof are the ways of death! Tens of thousands who confidently imagine that they are bound for heaven—will get a terrible disillusionment, when they awake in hell!

What is the Gospel? Is the Gospel a message of glad tidings from heaven to make God-defying rebels at ease in their wickedness? Is it given for the purpose of assuring the pleasure-crazy young people that, providing they only “believe,” there is nothing for them to fear in the future? One would certainly think so, from the way in which the Gospel is presented—or rather perverted, by most of today’s ‘evangelists’! And the more so, when we look at the lives of their ‘converts’! Surely those with any degree of spiritual discernment, must perceive that to assure such ‘converts’ that God loves them and His Son died for them, and that a full pardon for all their sins (past, present and future) can be obtained by simply ‘accepting Christ as their personal Savior’—is but a casting of pearls before swine! Because the churches are so largely filled with these ‘converts’, explains why they are so unspiritual and worldly.

With permission from Grace Gem’s

There Are Multitudes Who Wish To Escape The Lake Of Fire!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-6Arthur Pink,

(Present Day Evangelism“)

The nature of Christ’s salvation, is woefully misrepresented by the present-day “evangelist.” He announces a Savior from hell—rather than a Savior from sin! And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire—who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness!

The very first thing said of Him in the New Testament is—”You shall call His name Jesus—for He shall save His people…[not “from the wrath to come,” but] from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, and who long to be freed from its terrible dominion. He is a Savior for no others. Were He to “save from hell” those still in love with sin, He would be a minister of sin, condoning their wickedness and siding with them against God. What an unspeakably horrible and blasphemous thing, with which to charge the Holy One!

True, as the Christian grows in grace, he has a clearer realization of what sin is—rebellion against God; and a deeper hatred of and sorrow for it. But to think that one may be saved by Christ, whose conscience has never been smitten by the Spirit, and whose heart has not been made contrite before God—is to imagine something which has no existence in the realm of fact. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor—but the sick” (Matthew 9:12). The only ones who really seek relief from the great Physician, are those who are sick of sin—who long to be delivered from its God-dishonoring works, and its soul-defiling pollutions.

As  Christ’s salvation is a salvation from sin—from the love of it, from its dominion, from its guilt and penalty—then it necessarily follows, that the first great task and the chief work of the evangelist, is to preach upon SIN: to define what sin (as distinct from crime) really is, to show wherein its infinite enormity consists, to trace out its manifold workings in the heart, to indicate that nothing less than eternal punishment is its desert!

Ah, preaching upon sin will not make him popular nor draw the crowds, will it? No, it will not; and knowing this, those who love the praise of men more than the approbation of God, and who value their salary above immortal souls, trim their sales accordingly!

With permission from Grace Gem’s

The Evangelistic Monstrosity Of The Day!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-5(Arthur Pink, “Present Day Evangelism“)

Alas, alas, God’s way of salvation is almost entirely unknown today, the nature of Christ’s salvation is almost universally misunderstood, and the terms of His salvation misrepresented on every hand. The “Gospel” which is now being proclaimed is, in nine cases out of every ten—but a perversion of the Truth! Tens of thousands, assured they are bound for heaven—are now hastening to hell as fast as time can take them!

It is the bounden duty of every Christian, to have no dealings with the evangelistic monstrosity of the day, to withhold all moral and financial support of the same, to attend none of their meetings, to circulate none of their tracts. Those preachers who tell sinners that they may be saved without forsaking their idols, without repenting, without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ—are as erroneous and dangerous as others who insist that salvation is by works, and that heaven must be earned by our own efforts!

With permission from Grace Gem’s

It Is Better To Stay At Home And Read God’s Word

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-5(Arthur Pink, “A Call to Separation“)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and the Devil? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

This command is so plain, that it requires no interpreter.
  Righteousness – and wickedness;
  Light – and darkness;
  Christ – and the Devil;
  God’s temple – and idols.
What do they have in common?

This is a call to godly separation. This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging to Christ—to hold aloof from all intimate associations with the ungodly. It expressly forbids them entering into alliances with the unconverted. It definitely prohibits the children of God walking arm-in-arm with worldlings. It is an admonition applying to every phase and department of our lives—religious, domestic, social, commercial. And never, perhaps, was there a time when it more needed pressing on Christians, than now. The days in which we are living are marked by the spirit of compromise. On every side we behold unholy mixtures, ungodly alliances, and unequal yokes. Many professing Christians appear to be trying how near to the world they may walk—and yet go to Heaven!

To Israel, God said, “So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. You must obey all My regulations and be careful to keep My laws, for I, the Lord, am your God!” (Leviticus 18:3-4) And again, “Do not live by the customs of the people whom I will expel before you. It is because they do these terrible things—that I detest them so much!” (Leviticus 20:23) It was for their disregard of these very prohibitions, that Israel brought down upon themselves such severe chastisements.

God’s call to His people in Babylon is, “Come out of her, My people! Do not take part in her sins!” (Revelation 18:4) No one can be a whole-hearted follower of the Lord Jesus who is, in any way, “yoked” to His enemies!

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” This applies first to our religious connections. How many Christians are members of so-called “churches,” where much is going on which they know is at direct variance with the Word of God—either the teaching from the pulpit, the worldly attractions used to draw the ungodly, and the worldly methods employed to finance it, or the constant receiving into its membership of those who give no evidence of having been born again. Believers in Christ who remain in such “churches” are dishonoring their Lord. Should they answer: “Practically all the churches are the same, and were we to resign, what would we do? We must go somewhere on Sundays!” Such language would show they are putting their own interests, before the glory of Christ. It is better to stay at home and read God’s Word – than fellowship with that which His Word condemns!

With permission from Grace Gem’s

On Just Such Husks, Do The Religious Swine Feed!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-2(Arthur Pink, “Take Heed What You Read“)

If you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading—all that is lifeless, unctionless, and powerless. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which does not profit. Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published—are not worth the paper on which they are printed!

“Those who live according to the flesh—have their minds set on what the flesh desires,” (Romans 8:5). They are charmed with . . .
  oratorical eloquence,
  catchy sayings,
  witty allusions, and
  amusing illustrations.
On just such husks, do the religious swine feed!

Ah, it is a great thing when once the Holy Spirit teaches a soul—that it is power which is lacking from the lifeless preaching of dead professors. It is power which the renewed soul seeks—a message which has power to search his conscience, to pierce him to the quick, to write it upon his heart; a message which has power to bring him to his knees in broken-hearted confession to God; a message which has power to make him feel that he is “vile”; a message which has power to drive him to Christ, for the binding up of his wounds, for Him to pour in “oil and wine,” and send him on his way rejoicing. Yes, what the renewed soul longs for (though at first he knows it not) is that Divine message which comes to him “not simply with words—but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction!” 1 Thessalonians 1:5. Sooner or later, every Christian comes to value “power,” and to count as worthless, whatever lacks it.

It is by Divine power, that he is taught in his own soul, by which he is made to feel acutely his sinnership, his carnality, his beggarliness.

It is Divine power working in his heart—which draws his affections unto things above, and makes his soul pant after God “as the deer pants after the water brooks.” Psalm 42:1

It is this Divine power working in him—which reveals to his burdened spirit the Throne of Grace, and causes him to implore mercy and to seek grace “to help in time of need.”

It is this Divine power working in him—which makes him cry “Make me walk along the path of Your commands—for there I find delight!” Psalm 119:35

With permission from Grace Gem’s

Do Not Expect A Smooth And Easy Path!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

aw-pink-4(Arthur Pink, “David’s Flight”)

Prosperity is often a mixed blessing, and adversity is far from being an unmixed calamity!

Alternating spiritual prosperity and adversity, is the lot of God’s people on this earth. All is not unclouded sunshine with them—nor is it unrelieved gloom and storm. There is a mingling of both:
  joys—and sorrows;
  victories—and defeats;
  assistance from friends—and injuries from foes;
  smiles from the Lord’s countenance—and the hidings of His face.

By such changes, opportunities are afforded for the development and exercise of different graces, so that we may, in our measure, “know how to be abased—and how to abound . . . both to be full—and to be empty” (Phil. 4:12). But above all, that we may, amid varying circumstances, prove the unchanging faithfulness of God—and His sufficiency to supply our every need.

Ah, my reader, if you are one of God’s elect—do not expect a smooth and easy path through this earthly wilderness—but be prepared for varying circumstances and drastic changes. The Christian’s resting place is not in this world, for “here have we no continuing city” (Hebrews 13:14). The Christian is a “pilgrim,” on a journey; he is a “soldier,” called on to fight the good fight of faith. The more this is realized, the less keen will be the disappointment, when our ease is disturbed, and our outward peace harshly broken in upon.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,” and if ‘troubles’ do not come to us in one form—they most certainly will in another! If we really appropriate this promise—then we shall not be so staggered when afflictions come upon us. It is written that, “it is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22), and therefore we should make up our minds to expect the same, and to “not to think it strange” (1 Peter 4:12) when we are called upon to pass through “the fiery trial.” Affliction, tribulation, and fiery trial—are a times, our portion here on earth.

Changing circumstances afford opportunity for the development and exercise of different graces. Some graces are of the active and aggressive kind—while others are of a passive order, requiring quite another setting for their display. Some of the traits which mark the soldier on a battlefield, would be altogether out of place were he languishing on a bed of sickness. Both spiritual joy and godly sorrow—are equally beautiful in their season.

As there are certain vegetables, fruits, and flowers which cannot be grown in lands which are unvisited by nipping winds and biting frosts—so there are some fruits of the Spirit which are only produced in the soil of severe trials, troubles and tribulations!

With permission from Grace Gem’s