A. W. Pink…On Psalm 40

7 02 2008

The more I grow in my understanding of the Gospel, the more I stand in amazement at the glorious richness of God’s marvelous plan.  I join with Paul in ‘jaw-dropping’ amazement as I reflect on the wonder of what God has done (Romans 11:33-36).  What human being could ever have come up with something so humbling to our pride yet so exalting to our soul, something so devestating yet so full of joy and hope?  As our brother A. W. Pink points out in today’s continuation of our “On Psalm 40” series, the truth of the Gospel set forth so clearly and richly in God’s Word shows the Divine origin of this message.  It clearly isn’t man made.  We could have never come up with the Gospel.  Left to ourselves, our plan to get out of the miry clay would have been 1) grab boot straps 2) pull!  Here is how Pink explains it…   

If it is true that man left to himself would never have fully realized his need of salvation, and would never have discovered that it was by grace thro’ faith and not of works, how much less would the human mind have been capable of rising to the level of what God’s Word teaches about the nature of salvation and the glorious and marvelous destiny of the saved! Who would have thought that the Maker and Ruler of the universe should lay hold of poor, fallen, depraved men and women and lifting them out of the miry clay should make them His own sons and daughters, and should seat them at His own table! Who would ever have suggested that those who deserve naught but everlasting shame and contempt, should be made ‘heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ’! Who would have dreamed that beggars should be lifted from the dunghill of sin and made to sit together with Christ in heavenly places! Who would have imagined that the corrupted offspring of disobedient Adam should be exalted to a position higher than that occupied by the unfallen angels! Who would have dared to affirm that one day we shall be ‘made like Christ’ and ‘be for ever with the Lord’! Such concepts were as far beyond the reach of the highest human intellect as they were of the rudest savage. ‘But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God’ (1 Cor. 2:9-10).”

A. W. Pink from The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

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30 04 2008
rjs1

Psalm 40 is one of my favourites!

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