Pink on Sin and Grace

I’ve commented before (here) that I think A. W. Pink’s Life of David is overrated. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about David’s confession and forgiveness today. The chapters beautifully describe the grace of God in forgiving David’s (and our) sins. Pink rejoices in the gospel, and you can’t help but rejoice with Him. Here’s a taste:

“The inward experience of a believer consists largely of growing discoveries of his own vileness and of God’s goodness, of his own excuseless failures and of God’s infinite forbearance, with a frequent alternation between gloom and joy, confession and thanksgiving. Consequently, the more he reads and meditates upon the Word, the more he sees how exactly suited it is to his case, and how accurately his own checkered history is described therein. The two leading themes of the Scriptures are sin and grace: throughout the Sacred Volume each of these is traced to its original source, each is delineated in its true character, each is followed out in its consequences and ends, each is illustrated and exemplified by numerous personal examples. Strange as it first sounds, yet it is true that, upon these two, sin and grace, do turn all the transactions between God and the souls of men.” (II, 54)

“Truly, ‘He hat not dealt with us according to our iniquities.’ And why? Because He dealt with Another ‘after our sins’ and exacted from Him full satisfaction to His justice. And payment God cannot twice demand: first at my bleeding Surety’s hand, and then again at mine. God rewarded Christ according to our iniquities, and now He rewards us according to Christ’s merits. Hallelujah. Heaven be praised for such a Gospel! May this old, old truth, come with new power and sweetness unto our souls.” (II, 63)


2 Responses

  1. Chris,

    I was just reading your quote of Pink, while listening to Amazing grace on my computer. What a thrilling combo…..I’m sure Pastor Pink would agree.

    Blessings on you!

    Joel T.

  2. Both paragraphs are fantastic, but the second is absolutely thrilling. One of the many things that I love about the gospel is that there is no possible way of improving it. I am constantly struck with its absolute perfection. Only God could conceive of such a thought. Amazing.

    Thank you, my friend, for posting it.

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