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

Belief Of The Truth
August 11, 2010, 6:57 PM
Filed under: Election, Spiritual Growth, True Conversion

“First, from the beginning the elect are “chosen . . . to salvation,” God’s sovereign and eternal decree being the originating cause of salvation. Second, that decree is fulfilled “through” or by means of the “sanctification of the Spirit,” the reference being to His quickening operation, when by the miracle of regeneration He sets them apart from those who are dead in trespasses and sins. Third, God’s eternal decree is only accomplished when the subjects of it personally appropriate the truth of the gospel to themselves. While in their unregenerate state they were incapable of any saving “belief of the truth,” for their corrupt hearts were hostile to it, in love with error and sin. But when the miracle of grace is wrought within them their enmity to God is slain, and the gospel is welcomed as exactly suited to their dire need and is cordially embraced by them. Thus they spell out their election and evince their effectual call by the Holy Spirit through their “belief of the truth.” Thereby the beloved of the Lord are brought to concur with God’s will in their salvation in the way of His appointing. So, far from the elect being saved whether they believe or not, they do not enter into God’s salvation except through their “belief of the truth.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Gleanings from Paul” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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