“Comfort for Christians” by A. W. Pink [Free eBook Friday]

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Comfort for Christians

by A. W. Pink

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Monergism.com:

A W PinkThe work unto which the servant of Christ is called is many-sided. Not only is he to preach the Gospel to the unsaved, to feed God’s people with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3:15), and to take up the stumbling stone out of their way (Isa 57:14), but he is also charged to “cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression” (Isa 58:1 and cf. 1 Tim 4:2). While another important part of his commission is stated in, “Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.” (Isa 40:1).

What an honorable title, “My people!” What an assuring relationship: “your God!” What a pleasant task: “comfort My people!” A threefold reason may be suggested for the duplicating of the charge. First, because sometimes the souls of believers refuse to be comforted (Psalm 77:2), and the consolation needs to be repeated. Second, to press this duty the more emphatically upon the preacher’s heart, that he need not be sparing in administering cheer. Third, to assure us how heartily desirous God himself is that His people should be of full of joy (Phil 4:4).

God has a “people,” the objects of His special favor: a company whom He has taken into such intimate relationship unto Himself that He calls them “My people.” Often they are disconsolate because of their natural corruptions, the temptations of Satan, the cruel treatment of the world, the low state of Christ’s cause upon earth. The “God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3) is very tender towards them, and it is His revealed will that His servants should bind up the broken-hearted and pour the balm of Gilead into their wounds. What cause have we to exclaim “Who is a God like unto You!” (Micah 7:18), who has provided for the comfort of those who were rebels against His government and transgressors of His Law.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. No Condemnation
  2. The Christian’s Assurance
  3. Sufferings Compensated
  4. The Great Giver
  5. The Divine Rememberer
  6. Tried by Fire
  7. Divine Chastisement
  8. God’s Inheritance
  9. God Securing His Inheritance
  10. Mourning
  11. Hungering
  12. Heart Purity
  13. The Beatitudes and Christ
  14. Affliction and Glory
  15. Contentment
  16. Precious Death

 


I said it on our last Dunker Bunker and I’ll say it again:

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“The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross” by A. W. Pink [Free eBook Friday]

 

Pink Cross Saying

A Catechism for Boys and Girls
by A. W. Pink

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Monergism.com:

The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross, Dr. Pink illustrates clearly the lessons that emerge out of the seven utterances of Christ on the cross, filling the reader with the glory of the redemptive message. Pink uses one chapter, for each of the seven things Jesus said while dying: the word of Forgiveness (Luke 23:34), the word of Salvation (Luke 23:42-43), the word of Affection (John 19:25-27), the word of Anguish (Matthew 27:46), the word of Suffering (John 19:28), the word of Victory (John 19:30) and the word of Contentment (Luke 23:46). A W PinkEach of the seven chapters is then broken down into seven profound insights on what Jesus said, why he said it, and the far reaching implications for us who hear it.

Dr. Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) served as a pastor for churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina. His ministry brought him throughout the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.

Pages: 94.

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How A. W. Pink showed that we should have family worship [PDF]

Scott Brown:

Here is the second article from the first chapter of A Theology of the Family. This article is written by A.W. Pink, and is titled, “Family Worship.”

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A. W. Pink

A. W. Pink:

There are some very important outward ordinances and means of grace that are plainly implied in the Word of God, but for the exercise of which we have few, if any, plain and positive precepts; rather are we left to gather them from the example of holy men and from various incidental circumstances. An important end is answered by this arrangement: trial is thereby made of the state of our hearts. It serves to make evident whether, because an expressed command cannot be brought requiring its performance, professing Christians will neglect a duty plainly implied. Thus, more of the real state of our minds is discovered, and it is made manifest whether we have or have not an ardent love for God and His service. This holds good both of public and family worship. Nevertheless, it is not at all difficult to prove the obligation of domestic piety.

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The Blessedness of Sleep [A. W. Pink]

THE BLESSEDNESS OF SLEEP

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“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep”. [Psalm 127:2]

 

How often is it now lost sight of that the Lord cares for the bodies of His saints as well as for their souls. This is more or less recognized and owned by believers in the matter of food and clothing, health and strength, but it is widely ignored by many concerning the point we are here treating of.

 

SLEEP is as imperative for our physical well-being as is food and drink, and the one is as much the GIFT of our heavenly Father as is the other.

 

We cannot put ourselves to sleep by any effort of will, as those who suffer with insomnia quickly discover. Nor does exercise and manual labour of itself ensure sleep: have you ever lain down almost exhausted and then found you were “too tired to sleep”?

 

sleep bed restSleep is a DIVINE GIFT, but the nightly recurrence of it blinds us to the fact.

 

When it so pleases Him, God withholds sleep, and then we have to say with the Psalmist, “Thou holdest mine eyes waking” (77:4). But that is the exception rather than the rule, and deeply thankful should we be that it is so. Day by day the Lord feeds us, and night by night He “giveth His beloved sleep.” Thus in this little detail—of Elijah’s sleeping under the juniper tree—which we are likely to pass over lightly, we should perceive the gracious hand of God ministering in tenderness to the needs of one who is dear unto Him.

 

Yes, “the Lord pitieth them that fear Him,” and why? “for He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust” (Ps. 103:14). He is mindful of our frailty, and tempers His winds accordingly; He is aware when our energies are spent, and graciously renews our strength. It was not God’s design that His servant should die of exhaustion in the wilderness after his long, long flight from Jezreel, so he mercifully refreshes his body with sleep. And thus compassionately does He deal with us.

 

Alas, how little are we affected by the Lord’s goodness and grace unto us. The unfailing recurrence of His mercies both temporally and spiritually inclines us to take them as a matter of course. So dull of understanding are we, so cold our hearts Godward, it is to be feared that most of the time we fail to realize WHOSE loving hand it is which is ministering to us. Is not this the very reason why we do not begin really to value our health until it is taken from us, and not until we spend night after night tossing upon a bed of pain do we perceive the worth of regular sleep with which we were formerly favored?

 

And such vile creatures are we that, when illness and insomnia come upon us, instead of improving the same by repenting of our former ingratitude, and humbly confessing the same to God, we murmur and complain at the hardness of our present lot and wonder what we have done to deserve such treatment. O let those of us who are still blessed with good health and regular sleep fail not daily to return thanks for such privileges and earnestly seek grace to use the strength from them to the glory of God.

 

[Quoted from A.W. Pink’s ‘Life of Elijah’]

[HT: Heavenly Worldliness]

Why Does God Not Perfectly Sanctify Us at Conversion? Pink, Spurgeon & Jeffery Smith Answer

Pastor Jeffery Smith
Pastor Jeffery Smith

Jeffery Smith:

Why are believers, while still in this world, left to struggle with indwelling and remaining sin? Certainly God has the power to make us perfect and sinless from the moment of our conversion. The Holy Spirit could so work within us that we are totally liberated from the remains of sin the moment we are born again. He’s going to do that when we are glorified at the end, so why not now?…

Here are his answers with some particular quotes:

1. Of course, first we must say that this is God’s will.

2. God has left us to this ongoing conflict with remaining sin to promote our humility.

3. Also to teach us how dependent upon God we are.

4. In order to make Christ more precious to us.

5. To make us more patient and compassionate toward others.

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“It should promote a spirit of forbearance to our fellows: we ought not to expect less failure in them than we find in ourselves”

6. To make heaven more precious to us and to help us keep our affections on things above.

 7. To further display in us, and through us, God’s grace, power and perfections.

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“Just as God permitted Job to be tempted of the devil, that all the world might see how God can enable a man by patience to triumph, so he keeps us here to let the devil and all men know what his grace can do for his people, and also to let angels, and principalities and powers in the heavenly places behold what saints God can make out of guilty sinners. He takes those who had gone far away in sin, and brings them nigh by the blood of Jesus. He fashions the rough, knotty timber that did not seem as if it ever could be shaped, and uses it in the building of his temple. He makes wonders of grace out of sinful men and women, such marvels of mercy that the angels will stand and gaze at them throughout eternity, as they say, ‘How could God make such…beings as these out of sinful material?’ All this will be ‘to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved’(Eph. 1:6).

8. Our conflict is God’s school by which He is perfecting our faith and preparing us for  the world to come.

Read “Why Does God Not Perfectly Sanctify Us at Conversion?” [4 min. reaout]

Free E-Book Friday: The Doctrine of Sanctification [A. W. Pink]

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The Doctrine of Sanctification
by Arthur W. Pink

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colorful-ocean-pink-surf-water-Favim.com-276394The Doctrine of Sanctification is one of Pink’s most insightful books, which is a high commendation indeed! In it he deals with the Biblical answers to the following questions poised in the Introduction, and more. “What is ‘sanctification’: is it a quality or position? Is sanctification a legal thing or an experimental?—that is to say, is it something the believer has in Christ or in himself? Is it absolute or relative?—by which we mean, does it admit of degree or no? Is it unchanging or progressive? Are we sanctified at the time we are justified, or is sanctification a later blessing? How is this blessing obtained?—by something which is done for us, or by us, or both? How may one be assured he has been sanctified: what are the characteristics, the evidences, the fruits? How are we to distinguish between sanctification by the Father, sanctification by the Son, sanctification by the Spirit, sanctification by faith, sanctification by the Word?” May the reader be illumined by the Holy Spirit as he finds the answers herein!

Pages: 252.

[source: Chapel Library]

Filled With Disturbing Doubts [A. W. Pink]

Greg Coleman at A Particular Baptist Blog provides us with a word of caution from A. W. Pink:

… The concept which many young Christians form from preachers is, that the experience of a genuine believer is a smooth, peaceful, and joyous one; but he soon discovers that this is not verified in his personal history, but rather is it completely falsified. And this staggers him…

Read the rest of this quote here: Filled With Disturbing Doubts | A Particular Baptist Blog.

The Impeccability of Christ [A. W. Pink]

Taken from Studies in the Scriptures, Sept. 1932:

The Impeccability of Christ by Arthur W. Pink

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We are living in a world of sin, and the fearful havoc it has wrought is evident on every side. How refreshing, then, to fix our gaze upon One who is immaculately holy, and who passed through this scene unspoilt by its evil. Such was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate. For thirty-three years He was in immediate contact with sin, yet He was never, to the slightest degree, contaminated. He touched the leper, yet was not defiled, even ceremonially. Just as the rays of the sun shine upon a stagnant pool without being sullied thereby, so Christ was unaffected by the iniquity which surrounded Him. He ‘did no sin’ (1 Pet. 2:22), ‘in Him is no sin’ (1 John 3:5 and contrast 1:8), He ‘knew no sin’ (2 Cor. 5:21), He was ‘without sin’ (Heb. 4:15). He was ‘holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners’ (Heb. 7:26).

 

But not only was Christ sinless, He was impeccable, that is, incapable of sinning. No attempt to set forth the doctrine of His wondrous and peerless person would be complete, without considering this blessed perfection. Sad indeed is it to behold the widespread ignorance thereon today, and sadder still to hear and read this precious truth denied. The last Adam differed from the first Adam in His impeccability. Christ was not only able to overcome temptation, but He was unable to be overcome by it. Necessarily so, for He was ‘the Almighty’ (Rev. 1:8). True, Christ was man, but He was the God-man, and as such, absolute Master and Lord of all things. Being Master of all things—as His dominion over the winds and waves, diseases and death, clearly demonstrated—it was impossible that anything should master Him.

 

The immutability of Christ proves His impeccability, or incapability of sinning…

 

The omnipotence of Christ proves His impeccability...

 

The constitution of Christ’s person proves His impeccability…

Read the rest from Grace Online Library! [9 min. readout]

Dispensationalism Roundup [Audio & Video + More via Al Martin, Barcellos, Renihan(s), Pink, Waldron, Borgman, Riddle]

Jason McIntyre provides “A couple of links and resources contra Dispensationalism“:

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Dispensationalism: an Overview and Critique, A Peculiar Hermeneutic With Errors [74 min. audio] = An excellent, but short, overview by Pastor Al Martin. I like how Martin compares differing schools of Dispensationalism to different flavours of mustard carefully avoiding the term ‘hyper.’

Covenant Theology vs. Dispensationalism [1689Federalism.com 14 min. video feat. Richard Barcellos, James Renihan & Sam Renihan] = More specificially, Particular Baptist CT as expressed in the second London Baptist Confession of 1689. I’ve watched this video a few times and recommend it.

pink_cover_dispensationA Study of Dispensationalism [ebook] by A. W. Pink = I had my doubts about Dispensationalism long before I gave up the system for good and Pink’s work was helpful in pointing out some of the errors of this hermeneutic.

Some further links our Bapti-bots dug up:

3 mp3s from Brian Borgman’s “A Survey of Church History” series:

The Origins of Dispensationalism:

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The Spread & Influence of Dispensationalism:

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The Teaching of Dispensationalism:

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Previous post we’ve done on this topic:

2013 Deep South Founders Conference: God’s Covenant Pre-Conference Debate:

On Thursday evening, January 17, 2013 (6:30 pm) Dr. Samuel E. Waldron and Dr. Elliott E. Johnson debated the topic of Covenant Theology vs Dispensationalism in the chapel of the Reformed Theological seminary, Jackson MS. Dr. Johnson serves as Senior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary.

2 Hour & 18 minute Covenant Theology vs Dispensationalism [mp3]:

Sam Waldron Contra Barry Horner On “Racist” Hermeneutics & “Anti-Judaism”

a lengthy quote by Sam Waldron from The Reformed Baptist Theological Review 2009 (107-112): From Sam Waldron’s review of Barry Horner’s book Future Israel: Why Christians Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged

Harold Camping & the Rapture – Jeff Riddle [MP3]

Just about everyone now realizes the folly of Harold Camping in trying to set a date for the return of Christ. But in this May 23, 2011 episode of Pastor Jeff Riddle’s Word Magazine podcast, we see another problem with Camping’s eschatology: the secret rapture of the church.

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A.W. Pink’s Exposition of Hebrews 4:9-10 [sabbatismos]

an-exposition-of-hebrewsVia 1689ReformedBaptist:

It needs to be most carefully observed that in this verse the Holy Spirit employs an entirely different word for “rest” than what he had used in vv. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 8. There the Greek word is rightly rendered “rest,” but here it is “sabbatismos” and its meaning has been properly given by the translators in the margin—“keeping of a Sabbath.”

Read the rest of A.W. Pink’s Exposition of Hebrews 4:9-10 [6 min. readout]

The Phrase “The Sovereignty of God”…Means What, Exactly? [A.W. Pink]

Brian King wishes he looked this dapper
Brian King wishes he looked this dapper

Brian King over at the Reformed Berean blog has posted a few paragraphs from A.W. Pink’s book, The Sovereignty of God. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t actually read the book in its entirety, but man, this post makes me want to!

The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.

Pink goes on to compare the God of the Bible with the “helpless, effeminate being” that is the god of the modern Christendom. Check out Brian’s post here. [4 min. readout]

Free E-Book Friday: Christ our Sanctification: The Reformed View of Mortification & Vivification by Grace

Well wouldn’t you know it, the week we have a Lutheran on with a Reformed Baptist on our podcast our Bapti-bots find a free eBook with contributions from A. W. Pink and Martin Luther! Well, plus many others, but I had to connect this all somehow :)

Anyways, check out this free resource from Monergism:

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Christ our Sanctification

The Reformed View of Mortification and Vivification by Grace

edited by John Hendryx


Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

Pink on Preaching About Sin

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“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, and preaching upon sin—not merely uttering a few platitudes concerning it, but devoting sermon after sermon to explaining what sin is in the sight of God—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 sails accordingly. “But such preaching will drive people away!” We answer, better drive people away by faithful preaching than drive the Holy Spirit away by unfaithfully pandering to the flesh. The terms of Christ’s salvation are erroneously stated by the present-day evangelist.”

A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Thanks to A Particular Baptist Blog for providing this quote from A.W. Pink.

Christ in the Old Testament Roundup

Lots of talk in the blog-o-sphere about Christ in the Old Testament (probably due to the upcoming release of David Murray’s Jesus on Every Page.) This gives us a good opportunity to roundup some Reformed Baptist resources on this topic:

Christ in all the Scriptures and Jesus on every page [5 min. readout] Jeremy Walker’s review of the above mentioned book

– Christ the Conqueror of Satan A Sermon (No. 1326) Delivered on Lord’s-Day Morning, November 26th, 1876, by C. H. SPURGEON, [54 min. readout via SermonAudio.com]

a w pink– The Divine Inspiration of the Bible CHAPTER SIX: The Typical Significance of the Scriptures Declare Their Divine Authorship by A. W. Pink [23 min. partial readout]

“In the volume of the Book it is written of Me” (Heb. 10:7). Christ is the Key to the Scriptures. Said He, “Search the Scriptures. . .they are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39), and the “Scriptures” to which He had reference, were not the four Gospels for they were not then written, but the writings of Moses and the prophets. The Old Testament Scriptures then are something more than a compilation of historical records, something more than a system of social and religious legislation, something more than a code of ethics. The Old Testament Scriptures are fundamentally a stage on which is shown forth in vivid symbolism and ritualism the whole plan of redemption. The events recorded in the Old Testament were actual occurrences, yet they were also typical prefigurations. Throughout the Old Testament dispensations God caused to be shadowed forth in parabolic representation the whole work of redemption by means of a constant and vivid appeal to the senses. This was in full accord with a fundamental law in the economy of God. Nothing is brought to maturity at once. As it is in the natural world, so it is in the spiritual: there is first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear. Concerning the Person and work of the Lord Jesus, God first gave a series of pictorial representations, later a large number of specific prophecies, and last of all, when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His own Son.

– Brian Borgman’s “Christ in the Old Testament” sermon series:

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– Robert Ventura’s “Old Testament Gospel Gems” sermon series:

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Any other resources, from a 1689 perspective, that you know of?