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January 2012

  from A W Pink

A W (Arthur Walkington) Pink was born in Nottingham (England) in April 1886 and died in Stornoway (Scotland) in July 1952. Since his death, many books have been published drawn from his long-running magazine, Studies in the Scriptures. One of the choicest of these books is Profiting from the Word. The following is taken from the chapter entitled The Scriptures and the Promises.

The Divine promises make known the good pleasure of God’s will to His people, to bestow upon them the riches of His grace. They are the outward testimonies of His heart, who from all eternity loves them and foreappointed all things for them and concerning them. In the person and work of His Son, God has made an all-sufficient provision for their complete salvation, both for time and eternity. To the intent that they might have a true, clear and spiritual knowledge of the same, it has pleased the Lord to set it before them in the exceeding great and precious promises which are scattered up and down in the Scriptures as so many stars in the glorious firmament of grace; by which they may be assured of the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning them, and take sanctuary in Him accordingly, and through this medium have real communion with Him in His grace and mercy at all times, no matter what their circumstances may be.

We profit from the Word:
(1) when we perceive to whom the promises belong. They are available only to those who are in Christ … A sinner might just as well petition a tree as call upon God for mercy while he despises and rejects Christ;
(2) when we labour to make the promises of God our own. To do this we must first take the trouble to become really acquainted with them … I need also to meditate upon the promises … The bee would not extract honey from the flowers as long as he only gazed upon them;
(3) when we recognise the blessed scope of God’s promises. Reader, do you really believe this, that the promises of God cover every aspect and particular of your daily life?
(4) when we make a proper discrimination between the promises of God. Many of the Divine promises are addressed to particular characters, or, more correctly speaking, to particular graces;
(5) when we are enabled to make God’s promises our support and stay. This is one reason why God has given them to us … Had God so pleased He could have bestowed His blessings without giving us notice of His purpose;
(6) when we patiently await the fulfilment of God’s promises. Not only is faith put to the proof, so that its genuineness may the more clearly appear; not only is patience developed, and hope given every opportunity for exercise; but submission to the Divine will is fostered;
(7) when we make a right use of the promises. First, in our dealings with God Himself. When we approach unto His throne, it should be to plead one of His promises … Second, in the life we live in the world … Now the Gospel and the precious promises, being graciously bestowed and powerfully applied, have an influence on purity of heart and behaviour, and teach men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly. Such are the powerful effects of gospel promises under the Divine influence as to make men inwardly partakers of the Divine nature and outwardly to abstain from and avoid the prevailing corruptions and vices of the times.