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Friday, April 25, 2014

A.W. Pink - An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount

The account of the Sermon on the Mount is given in Matthew chapters 5-7.  This sermon of our Lord represents the longest segment of Jesus' teaching recorded in the gospels, and the most astounding. Indeed, "And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine:  For He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes" (Matthew 7:28-29).

In An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, the late Christian writer, A.W. Pink (1886-1952) undertakes a careful study of our Lord's warnings, exhortations and promises found in this section of Scripture.  The covered topics include The Beatitudes, ministry, murder, adultery, prayer, fasting, serving God, anxiety, judgment, grace, The Golden Rule, salvation, and false prophets.  The most arresting portion of the sermon, the testing of Christian profession and false profession, are treated last.  This is a highly recommended work and one which gives glory to Christ while challenging a man to "examine himself."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A.W. Pink - The Doctrine of Justification

The Doctrine of Justification by Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952) is the companion volume to his The Doctrine of Election.  Pink gives close examination to the subject of faith in justification and corrects serious but popular misunderstandings of the role of faith.  This discussion necessarily invokes a study of sanctification and works.  Like most of Pink's writings, this is a very edifying and God-glorifying handling of the subject.  An honest reading will lead to strong self-examination.

An excerpt from the book...

It is therefore the bounden duty of those who profess to have been justified by God to diligently and impartially examine themselves, to ascertain whether or not they have in them those spiritual graces which always accompany justification. It is by our sanctification, and that alone, that we may discover our justification. Would you know whether Christ fulfilled the law for you, that His obedience has been imputed to your account? Then search your heart and life and see whether a spirit of obedience to Him is daily working in you. The righteousness of the law is fulfilled only in those who "walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Rom. 8:4). God never designed that the obedience of His Son should be imputed to those who live a life of worldliness, self-pleasing, and gratifying the lusts of the flesh. Far from it: "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A.W. Pink - The Lord's Prayer

 This little work by Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952) examines the individual petitions of the Lord's Prayer to derive important lessons for the Christian life and our approach to prayer.

From Pink's introduction...

From earliest times it has been called "the Lord’s Prayer," not because it is one that He Himself addressed to the Father, but because it was graciously furnished by Him to teach us both the manner and method of how to pray and the matters for which to pray. It should therefore be highly esteemed by Christians. Christ knew both our needs and the Father’s good will toward us, and thus He has mercifully supplied us with a simple yet comprehensive directory. Every part or aspect of prayer is included therein. Adoration is found in its opening clauses and thanksgiving in the conclusion. Confession is necessarily implied, for that which is asked for supposes our weakness or sinfulness. Petitions furnish the main substance, as in all praying. Intercession and supplication on behalf of the glory of God and for the triumph of His Kingdom and revealed will are involved in the first three petitions, whereas the last four are concerned with supplication and intercession concerning our own personal needs and those of others, as is indicated by pronouns in the plural number.

This prayer is found twice in the New Testament, being given by Christ on two different occasions. This, no doubt, is a hint for preachers to reiterate that which is of fundamental importance. The variations are significant. The language of Matthew 6:9 intimates that this prayer is given to us for a model, yet the words of Luke 11:2 indicate that it is to be used by us as a form. Like everything in Scripture, this prayer is perfect—perfect in its order, construction, and wording. Its order is adoration, supplication, and argumentation. Its petitions are seven in number. It is virtually an epitome of the Psalms and a most excellent summary of all prayer. Every clause in it occurs in the Old Testament, denoting that our prayers must be Scriptural if they are to be acceptable. "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us" (1 John 5:14). But we cannot know His will if we are ignorant of His Word.