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


The Great Need of Today

“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63)… “Christ is speaking of regeneration, which was the one great need of those who were offended at His teaching. They could not discern spiritual things till they had spiritual life, and for that they must be “quickened” by the Spirit of God. First, He told them who did the quickening — “the Spirit”; now He states what the Spirit uses to bring about that quickening — the “words” of God. The Spirit is the Divine Agent; the Word is the Divine instrument. God begets “with the word of truth” (James 1:18). We are born again of incorruptible seed, “by the word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). We are made partakers of the Divine nature by God’s “exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4). And here in John 6:63 Christ explains how this is: the words of God are “spirit, and they are life” That is, they are spiritual, and employed by the Holy Spirit to impart life. Thus, we say again, The great need of today, as of every age, is the faithful preaching of God’s Word; “not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4). What is needed is less anecdotal preaching, less rhetorical embellishment, less reliance upon logic, and more direct, plain, pointed, simple declaration and ex- position of the Word itself. Sinners will never be saved without this — “the flesh profiteth nothing”!”  —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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