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It profits us nothing!

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Though I understand all mysteries and all knowledge . . . and have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

We must distinguish between things that differ, namely, a knowledge of spiritual things–and actual spiritual knowledge.

A knowledge of spiritual things can be acquired by the unregenerate.
Spiritual knowledge is peculiar to the children of God.

A knowledge of spiritual things is merely intellectual and theoretical.
Spiritual knowledge is vital and effectual.

One may take up “Bible study” in the same way as another would the study of philosophy or science. He may pursue it diligently and enthusiastically. He may obtain a familiarity of the letter of Scripture and a proficiency in understanding its terms, far in advance of the hard-working Christian who has less leisure and less natural ability. Yet what is such knowledge worth, if it . . . does not affect the heart, fails to transform the character and make the daily walk pleasing to God!

Unless our “Bible study” is conforming us, both inwardly and outwardly, to the image of Christ–it profits us nothing!

by A.W. Pink

It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God!” 1 Peter 1:23

The new birth is very much more than simply shedding a few tears due to a temporary remorse over sin.

It is far more than changing our course of life, the leaving off of bad habits and the substituting of good ones.

It is something different from the mere nourishing and practicing of noble ideals.

It goes infinitely deeper than coming forward to take some popular evangelist by the hand, signing a pledge-card, or joining a church.

The new birth is no mere turning over a new leaf–but is the inception and reception of a new life.

It is no mere reformation, but a radical transformation. Regeneration consists in a radical change of heart, for a new disposition is implanted as the foundation of all holy exercises . . . the mind being renovated, the affections elevated, and the will emancipated from the bondage of sin.

In short, the new birth is a miracle, the result of the supernatural operation of God. It is radical, revolutionary, lasting!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

by A.W. Pink