Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Doctrine of Sanctification

By A.W. Pink

Sanctification Is Supernatural. 

Not only is true sanctification an important, essential, and unspeakably precious thing, it is wholly supernatural. It is our duty to enquire into the nature of evangelical holiness, as it is a fruit or effect in us of the Spirit of sanctification, because it is abstruse and mysterious, and indiscernible unto the eye of carnal reason. We say of it in some sense as Job of wisdom, “whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof…And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:20-23, 28). This is that wisdom whose ways, residence, and paths are so hidden from the natural reason and understandings of men.

No man, I say, by mere sight and conduct, can know and understand aright the true nature of evangelical holiness; and it is, therefore, no wonder if the doctrine of it be despised by many as an enthusiastical fancy.  It is of the things of the Spirit of God; yea, it is the principal effect of all His operation in us and towards us. And “the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1Co 2:11). It is by Him alone that we are enabled to “know the things that are freely given to us of God” (v. 12) as this is, if ever we receive anything of Him in this world, or shall do so to eternity. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered in to the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”—the comprehension of these things is not the work of any of our natural faculties, but “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit” (1Co 2:9-10). Believers themselves are oft-times much unacquainted with it, either as to their apprehension of its true nature, causes, and effects, or, at least, as to their own interests and concernment therein. As we know not of ourselves the things that are wrought in us of the Spirit of God, so we seldom attend as we ought unto His instruction of us in them. It may seem strange indeed, that, whereas all believers are sanctified and made holy, that they should not understand nor apprehend what is wrought in them and for them, and what abideth with them. But, alas, how little do we know of ourselves, of what we are, and whence are our powers and faculties even in things natural. Do we know how the members of the body are fashioned in the womb? (John Owen).

Clear proof that true sanctification is wholly supernatural and altogether beyond the understanding of the unregenerate is found in the fact that so many are thoroughly deceived and fatally deluded by fleshly imitations and satanic substitutes of real holiness. It would be outside our present scope to describe in detail the various pretensions which pose as gospel holiness, but the poor Papists, taught to look up to the “saints” canonized by their “church,” are by no means the only ones who are mislead in this vital matter. Were it not that God’s Word reveals so clearly the power of that darkness which rests on the understanding of all who are not taught by the Spirit, it would be surprising beyond words to see so many intelligent people supposing that holiness consists in abstinence from human comforts, garbing themselves in mean attire, and practicing various austerities that God has never commanded.

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Sheryl said...

A. W. Pink's teachings contain indepth understanding that surpasses most thelogical lessons today, devoid of any interest in delving into the deep spiritual wisdom of scripture. Its refreshing to read of the deep truth of the Holy Spirit's sovereign work in our lives, for we can accomplish nothing apart from Christ. Yet there are those who attempt to grit their teeth and perform good works, obtaining their own holiness by their own will, so they perceive, declaring their santification from the world, checking off a 'done' list of the ten commandments. They do not find rest in Christ and depend completely on Him for His unperceived work within us. The Pentecostals keep tallies of those who declare their 'sanctification' and then those numbers become accreditied to their particular pastor's leadership.

As one examines today's sermons, music, events, entertainment, worldliness, and even the worldly apparel of men and women alike, it is obvious sanctification is a foreign concept in today's 'church.' The desire is to 'cool' and accepted...not a people set apart from the world at all. Except for the true few who have wisely abandoned the system, of course.

It is so apparent to me that the church has long been infiltrated by the god of this world, driving the church engine toward the coming One World Religion with his ministers that have been transformed into angels of light. Its disgusting how the doctrines of demons are proclaimed as truth, welcoming every device of the wicked one and ways of the world as growth or success. True Christians are supposed to be foreigners passing through this evil world and set apart for the purposes of God.

It becomes harder to tolerate the ever excelerating darkness, evil, foolishness and stupidity that passes for Christianity these days. I welcome the day and pray it is near when Jesus calls His own to their eternal home. Its exasperating to continue living in the midst of insanity.

lyn said...

Excellent thoughts Sheryl, I agree completely. Pink causes one to use their mind and think deeply on the things of God, whereas today's charlatans keep the goats entertained and their minds OFF of the true, living God and their eternal fate.

Another sister and I were exchanging e-mails recently discussing how tired we are of this world and its evils. I do pray wholeheartedly for our great God and Lord to come...