Tag: Christian

Total strangers

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Come, and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul!” Psalm 66:16

It is greatly to be feared that there are multitudes in Christendom who truly imagine and sincerely believe that they are among the saved, yet who are total strangers to a work of divine grace in their hearts.

It is one thing to have clear intellectual conceptions of God’s truth–it is quite another matter to have a personal, real heart acquaintance with it.

It is one thing to believe that sin is the awful thing that the Bible says it is–but it is quite another matter to have a holy horror and hatred of it in the soul.

It is one thing to know that God requires repentance–it is quite another matter to experimentally mourn and groan over our vileness.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the only Savior for sinners–it is quite another matter to really trust Him from the heart.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the sum of all excellency–it is quite another matter to love Him above all others.

It is one thing to believe that God is the great and holy One–it is quite another matter to truly reverence and fear Him.

It is one thing to believe that salvation is of the Lord–it is quite another matter to become an actual partaker of it through His gracious workings.

by A.W. Pink

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

The struggle of the Christian man to be good while the bent toward self-assertion still lives within him as a kind of unconscious moral reflex is vividly described by the apostle Paul in the seventh chapter of his Roman Epistle; and his testimony is in full accord with the teaching of the prophets. Eight hundred years before the advent of Christ the prophet Isaiah identified sin as rebellion against the will of God and the assertion of the right of each man to choose for himself the way he shall go. “All we like sheep have gone astray,” he said, “we have turned everyone to his own way,” and I believe that no more accurate description of sin has ever been given.

The witness of the saints has been in full harmony with prophet and apostle, that an inward principle of self lies at the source of human conduct, turning everything men do into evil. To save us completely, Christ must reverse the bent of our nature; He must plant a new principle within us so that our subsequent conduct will spring out of a desire to promote the honor of God and the good of our fellow men. The old self-sins must die, and the only instrument by which they can be slain is the cross. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” said our Lord, and years later the victorious Paul could say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.

by A.W. Tozer