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

Proof of Regeneration
November 30, 2010, 9:40 PM
Filed under: Soteriology, True Conversion

“A persevering attendance on Christ’s instructions is the best proof of the reality of our profession. Only by a steady faith in the person and work of Christ, a firm reliance on His promises, and regular obedience to His precepts—notwithstanding all opposition from the flesh, the world, and the Devil—do we approve ourselves to be His genuine disciples. “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love” (John 15:9) —continue in the believing enjoyment of it. And how is that to be accomplished? Why, by refraining from those things which would grieve that love, by doing those things which conduce to a fuller manifestation thereof. Nor is such counsel in the least degree “legalistic,” as our Lord’s very next words show: “If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (v. 10).

It is perfectly true that if a soul has been regenerated by the Spirit of God that he will “hold on his way,” yet it is equally true that holding our way is the evidence or proof of our regeneration, and that if we do not so, then we only deceive ourselves if we suppose we are regenerated. The fact that God has promised to “perform” or “complete” the good work which He has begun in any of His people does not render it needless for them to perform and complete the work which He has assigned them. Not so did the apostles think or act. Paul and Barnabas spake to their followers “persuading them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43), which we understand to signify that they exhorted them not to be discouraged by the opposition they meet with from the ungodly, nor allow the ragings of indwelling sin to becloud their apprehension of the Divine favor, but rather to go on counting upon the superabounding of God’s grace and for them to more and more prove its sufficiency.

So too we find those same apostles going on to other places “Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting then, to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

Very far were they from believing in the mechanical idea of “once saved, always saved,” which is now so rife. They insisted on the needs-be for the discharge of the Christian’s responsibility and were faithful in warning him of both the difficulties and perils of the path he must steadfastly pursue if he was to enter Heaven. Yea, they hesitated not to say unto the saints that they would be presented unblameable and unreprovable in God’s sight “if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and not moved away front the hope of the gospel” (Colossians 1:23).” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Spiritual Growth” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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