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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).

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