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

Established With Grace
October 1, 2011, 8:29 AM
Filed under: Faith, Grace, Spiritual Growth

“It is one of the marks of the Fall that man is fonder of that which is material in religion, than he is of what is spiritual; he is most prone — as history universally and sadly shows — to concentrate on trivialities rather than upon essentials. He is more concerned about the details of ordinances than he is of getting his heart established with grace. He will lend a readier ear to novel “doctrines” than to a solid exposition of the fundamentals of the Faith. He will contend zealously for things which contribute nothing to his salvation nor conduce an iota unto true holiness. And the only sure way of being delivered from this evil tendency, and of being preserved from false doctrines, is to buy the Truth and sell it not, and to have the heart established with grace.

“For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.” What is denoted by this weighty expression? First, what is it for the heart to be “established” and then how it is so established “with grace”? An established heart is the opposite from one which is “carried about,” which term is used again in,

“that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men” (Ephesians 4:14).

It is a poetic expression in allusion to sailing-ships and the impression of the wind upon them. The figure is apt, and suggestive of the nature of strange doctrines, the way in which they are spread, and their effects on the minds of men. In themselves they are light and vain, “clouds which hold no water” (Jude 12): there is nothing solid and substantial in them for the soul. Those who would impose such doctrines on others, generally do so with much bombast and blustering; unless we believe and practice such things, we are denounced as heretics and unsaved (Acts 15:1). The unlearned and unstable are disturbed by them, carried out of their course, and are in danger of making shipwreck of their faith. Hence, an “established heart” is one which is rooted and grounded in the Truth, securely anchored in Christ, rejoicing in God.”  —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of Hebrews” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952

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