Our Hearts Are So Little Occupied with God’s Love

Now the truth is that on this, as on everything else, our thoughts need to be formed and regulated by what is revealed in Holy Scripture.  That there is urgent need for this is apparent not only from ignorance which so generally prevails, but also the low state of spirituality which is now so sadly evident everywhere among professing Christians.  How little real love there is for God.  One chief reason for this is because our hearts are so little occupied  with His wondrous love for His people.  The better we are acquainted with His Love – its character, fullness, blessedness – the more our hearts  be drawn out in love to Him.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 77

Thoughts on God’s Spiritual Mercies Unto His People

But let our final thought be of God’s spiritual mercies unto His own people (Psalms 57:10).  The riches thereof transcend our loftiest thought (Psalms 103:11).  None can measure it.  The elect are designated “vessels of mercy” (Romans 9:23).  It is mercy that quickened them when they were dead in sins (Ephesians 2:4,5).  It is mercy that saves them (Titus 3:5).  It is His abundant mercy which begat them unto an eternal inheritance (I Peter 1:3).  Time would fail us to tell of His preserving, sustaining, pardoning, supplying mercy.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 76

Our Hearts Are So Little Occupied with God’s Love

It is not simply that God “loves,” but that He is love itself.  Love is not merely one of His attributes but His very nature.  There are many today who talk about the love of God, who are total strangers to the God of love.  The divine love is commonly regarded as a species of amiable weakness, a sort of good-natured indulgence, it is reduced to a mere sickly sentiment, patterned after human emotion.  Now the truth is that on this, as on everything else, our thoughts need to be formed and regulated by what is reveald thereon in Holy Scripture.  That there is urgent need for this is apparent not only from the ignorance which so generally prevails, but also the low state of spirituality which is now so sadly evident everywhere among professing Christians.  How little real love there is for God.  One chief reason for this is because our hearts are so little occupied with His wondrous love for His people.  The better we are acquainted with His love – its character, fullness, blessedness – the more will our hearts be drawn out in love to Him.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 77

This is Who Grace is for

Grace is a provision for men who are so fallen that they cannot lift the ax of justice, so currupt that they cannot change their own natures, so averse to God that they cannot turn to Him, so blind that they cannot see Him, so deaf that they cannot hear Him, and so dead that He Himself must open their graves and lift them unto consciousness.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 70

Three Principal Characteristics of Divine Grace

There are three principal characteristics of divine grace.  First, it is eternal.  Grace was planned before it was exercised, purposed before it was imparted (II Timothy1:9).  Secondly, it is free, for none did ever purchase it (Romans 3:24).  Thirdly, it is sovereign, because God exercises it toward and bestows it upon whom He pleases (Romans 5:21).  If grace “reigns” then it is on the throne, and the occupant of the throne is sovereign.  Hence the “throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16).

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 66

Grace is a Perfection of God’s Divine Character

Grace is a perfection of the divine character which is exercised only toward the elect.  Neither in the Old Testament nor in the New is the grace of God ever mentioned in connection with mankind generally, still less with the lower orders of His creatures.  In this it is distinguished from “mercy,” for the mercy of God is “over all His works” (Psalm 145:9)  Grace is the sole source from which floes the goodwill, love and salvation of God unto His chosen people.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 66

We are in Serious Trouble in the Church

Simply put, we’re in serious trouble in the church. It isn’t because we are sinners or because we don’t know enough, pray enough, or read the Bible enough. Our problem isn’t about being more faithful or not living a supernatural life of victory. Our problem isn’t going to be fixed with more programs, better methods of evangelism and stewardship, or discipline. Our problem isn’t spiritual formation or that we are not missional.

Our problem is that we have taken the best news ever given to the world, run it through a “religious grid” and made something unpalatable out of it. In short we’ve taken the good news and made it bad news. Ad if you listen carefully, you can hear old Slew Foot (that would be the devil) laughing.

– Brown, Steve; Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At You; Howard Books; New York, copyright 2012; Kindle Edition; Location 332

How Wondrous is God’s Patience with the World Today!

How wondrous is God’s patience with the world today.  On every side people are sinning with a high hand.  The divine law is trampled under foot and God Himself openly despised.  It is truly amazing that He does not instantly strike dead those who so brazenly defy Him,  Why does He not suddenly cut off the haughty infidel and blatant blasphemer, as He did Ananias and Sapphira?  Why does He not cause the earth to open its mouth and devour the persecutors of His people, so that, like Dathan and Amiram, they shall go down alive into the Pit?  And what of apostate Christendom, where every possible form of sin is now tolerated and practiced under cover of the holy name of Christ?  Why does not the righteous wrath of Heaven make an end of such abominations?  Only one answer is possible: because God hears with “much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.”

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 64

It Is Really a Display of God’s Mercy

God’s longsuffering is mentioned in conjunction with His grace and mercy again and again, as may be seen by consulting Exodus 34:6, Numbers 14:8, Psalm 86:15, etc.  That the patience of God is really a display of His mercy, that it is indeed one way in which it is frequently manifested, cannot be denied.  But that patience and mercy are one and the same excellency, and are not to be separated, we cannot concede.  It may not be easy to discriminate between them, nevertheless Scripture fully warrants us in affirming some things about the one which we cannot about the other.

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 60