Fearing a gospel that does not “wound (with conviction of sin) nor heal (via regeneration)” A.W. Pink (ref#269, back cover), I am convicted to continue urging us pew-sitters to make sure of our calling. I wish not anyone to “die in the false comfort produced by Satan, and weep and wail for all eternity” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p73).
Going to heaven? Be assured. Answer “yes” to the below questions:
Has the SPIRIT quickened me so that I am “capable of discerning and being affected by Divine things in a spiritual way” A. W. Pink (ref#269, p69)?
Does my conscience bear witness that I am a child of GOD instead of believing I’m dying more and more to indwelling sin? A. W. Pink (ref#269, p136)
Do I desire to be “conformed to the image of Christ” instead of being assured of escape from the wrath to come. A. W. Pink (ref#269, p75)?
Do I believe that my “best performances are defiled instead of believing that I have some good points” A. W. Pink (ref#269, p75)?
Do I “look upon sinas the worst thing there is” as opposed to regarding eternal punishment as the greatest evil A. W. Pink (ref#269, p75)?
Am I “moved to search the Scriptures daily to ascertain the things which GOD has prohibited and the things which He enjoins” A. W. Pink (ref#269, p123)?
NOTE: Until the end of this year the “Assurances” posts will contain quotes from A. W. Pink’s book, The Holy Spirit.
“The heathen will not perish because they have not believed in Christ, but because they failed to live up to the light which they did have—the testimony of God in nature and conscience” A.W. Pink (ref#152, p130).
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful…”(Rom 1:20-21 NKJV).
FATHER, I’m aware that living as I please whether selfishly or for others will not produce in me a thankfulness toward You, LORD. “True liberty is not the power to live as we please, but to live as we ought” A.W. Pink (ref#152, p120)!
FATHER, press me to live as I ought that I may give you proper praise. Right living will produce thankfulness to You—an abundance of thankfulness. How often do I thank You?
“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness” Luther (ref#152, p135).
Reasons for Waiting for GOD:
Because for me, You foreordained, destined, and planned in love that I might be adopted as Your own child through JESUS CHRIST in accordance with the purpose of Your will because it pleased You and was Your kind intent (Eph 1:5), I will wait for You.
Because You draw me to Yourself, investing me with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in CHRIST (1 Thes 1:10), I will wait for You.
…FATHER, theologians have coined the word, “compatabilism” to address the doctrines of divine sovereignty and human responsibility. These are two doctrines that are difficult to be reconciled together in the human mind. However, the “writers of the Bible are not embarrassed to put side by side teachings that do not fit our logic. For example, Peter charges his hears on the day of Pentecost with wickedness in killing Christ yet admits it was all in God’s plan (Acts 2:23). Jesus says, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.’ And He also says, ‘Whoever comes to me I will never drive away’(John 6:37,44)” Will Metzger (ref#79, p108).
“God has, from the beginning, chosen a people unto salvation; but that does not mean there is no need for evangelists to preach the Gospel, or for sinners to believe it; it is by such means that His eternal counsels are effectuated” Arthur W. Pink (ref#152, p131).
FATHER, Your sovereignty does not release me from being responsible for my actions. And my human responsibility does not permit me to do anything without Your help. FATHER, I don’t want to be slothful. I want to do what I know I should.