Real Men Love Pink – A Collection of Quotes by A. W. Pink


Faith in Christ
June 18, 2010, 6:02 PM
Filed under: Faith, False Believers, Grace, True Conversion

“Faith in Christ is receiving Him as He is offered or presented to us by God (John 1:12). Now God presents Christ to us not only as Priest, but as King; not only as Saviour, but as “Prince” (Acts 5:21)—note that “Prince” precedes “Saviour,” as taking His “yoke” upon us goes before finding “rest” to our souls (Matthew 11:29)! Are men as willing for Christ to rule as to save them? Do they pray as earnestly for purity as for pardon? Are they as anxious to be delivered from the power of sin as they are from the fires of hell? Do they desire holiness as much as they do heaven? Is the dominion of sin as dreadful to them as its wages? Does the filthiness of sin grieve them as much as the guilt and damnation of it? The man who divides what God has joined together when He offers Christ to us has not “received” Him at all.

Faith is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). It is wrought in the elect by “the operation of God” (Colossians 2:12). To bring a sinner from unbelief to saving faith in Christ is a miracle as great and as wondrous as was God’s raising Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19, 20). Unbelief is far, far more than entertaining an erroneous conception of God’s way of salvation: it is a species of hatred against Him. So faith in Christ is far more than the mind assenting to all that is said of Him in the Scriptures. The demons do that (James 2:19), but it does not save them. Saving faith is not only the heart being weaned from every other object of confidence as the ground of my acceptance before God, but it is also the heart being weaned from every other object that competes with Him for my affections.

Saving faith is that “which worketh by love” (Galatians 5:6), a love which is evidenced by keeping His commandments (John 14:23); but by their very nature all men hate his commandments. Therefore where there is a believing heart which is devoted to Christ, esteeming Him above self and the world, a mighty miracle of grace has been wrought in the soul.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “The Christian’s Beginning” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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