Arthur W. Pink

“Chosen to Salvation”
“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 There are three things … read more

“Doctor” or “Brother”
What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I … read more

“He Instructed Him”
“He instructed him.” So He does us. It was to instruct us that God, in His great mercy, gave us THE SCRIPTURES. He has not left us to grope our way in darkness, but has provided us with a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. Nor are we left to our … read more

“Rejoice in the Lord alway”
Why should I, who am by nature no different from the careless and godless throngs all around, have been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and now blest with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Him? Why was I, that once was an al … read more

“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7). Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God’s majesty, that has had a vision of God’s awful greatness, His ineffable holiness, His perfect righteousness, His irresistible power, His sov … read more

A Call to Separation
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteausiess with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14-18) This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging to C … read more

A Tender Heart
“Because thine heart was tender” (2 Kings 22:19). We have already considered the circumstances and significance of these words last month. Let us now proffer a few remarks upon how a tender heart may be preserved. This is a matter of great importance, for … read more

Access to God
The matter of our approach into the presence of God is one of vital importance, yet it is one (like so many others these days) upon which much confusion and misconception exists. We will not now attempt to canvass the principal errors pertaining thereto, … read more

Affliction and Glory
“For our light affliction which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”(2 CORINTHIANS 4:17). These words supply us with a reason why we should not faint under trials nor be overwhelmed by misfortunes. They t … read more

An Honest Heart
If there is one thing more than another which we seek to keep in mind while preparing articles for these pages it is the need for and importance of preserving the balance of Truth, for we have long been convinced that untold harm has been done to souls th … read more

Another Gospel
Satan is not an initiator but an imitator. God has an only begotten Son-the Lord Jesus, so has Satan-“the son of Perdition” (2 Thess.2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is likewise a Trinity of Evil (Rev. 20:10). Do we read of the “children of God,” … read more

Worrying is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to pe … read more

Bearing the Rod
“Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). How can it be otherwise, living as he is in a world which is under the curse that Adam’s sin entailed, and, what is worse, under God’s judgment because of its casting out of His beloved Son. Y … read more

Christian Fools
Those of you who read the religious announcements in the newspapers of yesterday would see the subject for my sermon this evening is “Christian Fools.” Possibly some of you thought there was a printer’s error and that what I really meant to announce was “ … read more

Churches of God
The ignorance which prevails in Christendom today concerning the truth about the Churches of God is deeper and more general than error on any other Scriptural subject. Many who are quite sound evangelically and are well taught on what we call the great fu … read more

This means just what it says. Christian reader, there ought to be no restraint between you and the Lover of your soul. He would have you be on, and maintain, more intimate terms with Himself, than with any human creature. He is always accessible, and neve … read more

“I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content” (PHILIPPIANS 4:11). Discontent! Was there ever a time when there was so much restlessness in the world as there is today? We very much doubt it. Despite our boasted progress, the vas … read more

“Then said Jesus unto His disciples, if any man will”—the word “will” here means “desire to” just as in that verse, “If any will live godly.” It signifies “determine to.” “If any man will or desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his c … read more

Divine Chastisement
“Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord nor faint when thou are rebuked of him” (HEBREWS 12:5). It is of first importance that we learn to draw a sharp distinction between Divine punishment and Divine chastisement – important for maintaining the … read more

Divine Guidance
There are few subjects, bearing upon the practical side of the Christian life, that believers are more exercised about than that they may be “led of the Lord” in all their ways; yet when some important decision has to be made, they are often at a stand to … read more

Does First Corinthians 12 Mean the Universal Church
For almost ten years after his regeneration the writer never doubted that the “body” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12 had reference to “the Church Universal.” This was taught him by those known as “Plymouth Brethren,” which is found in the notes of the Scofi … read more

Evangelical Preaching
The question which is before us for consideration and (attempted) elucidation really concerns the preacher’s efforts to “win souls” (Prov. 11:30), and as to how far the Word warrants him going towards the realization of his longings to see sinners convert … read more

Experimental Salvation
Salvation may be viewed from many angles and contemplated under various aspects, but from whatever side we look at it we must ever remember that “Salvation is of the Lord.” Salvation was planned by the Father for His elect before the foundation of the wor … read more

The linking together of these verses shows us the worthlessness of all religious activities where faith be lacking. The outward exercise may be performed diligently and correctly, but unless faith be in operation God is not honored and the soul is not pro … read more

“It is required in stewards that a man be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2). From the preceding verse it is clear that the Apostle was having reference to the ministers of Christ, those whom He has appointed to act as officers in His churches. Other virtues ar … read more

Family Worship
There are some very important outward ordinances and means of grace which are plainly implied in the Word of God, but for the exercise of which we have few, if any, plain and positive precepts; rather are we left to gather them from the example of holy me … read more

First Things First
The dawning of a new year is a fresh call unto each of us to put first things first, and it is only by heeding this call that we are prepared to start it aright. The greatest tragedy of life is that the vast majority of our fellows are dissipating their e … read more

God Securing His Inheritance
“He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about. He instructed him he kept him as the apple of his eye” (DEUTERONOMY 32:10). In the previous verse we have the amazing statement that the Lord’s “portion” is His p … read more

Godly Companions
In the above verse we have a description of God’s people according to the course of their lives and conduct. They are a people marked by two things: fear and submission, the latter being the fruit of the former. Regenerated souls obey God conscientiously … read more

God’s Agency in War
By George Lawson, 1811. (edited by Arthur Pink, 1941.) Does God punish nations for their wickedness under the Christian dispensation as He did during Old Testament times? If He did not we should have to discontinue the use of many of the Psalms in the … read more

God’s Inheritance
“For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance” DEUT. 32:9 This verse brings before us a most blessed and wonderful line of truth, so wonderful that no human mind could possibly have invented it. It speaks of the mighty … read more

Gospel Preaching Commanded
There are those who misrepresent the doctrine of election in this way. Here I am sitting down at my table tonight with my family to tea. It is a cold winter’s night, and outside on the street are some hungry starving tramps and children, and they come and … read more

Have You Truly Come To Christ
By the way of introduction let us bring before the reader the following Scriptures: 1. “Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life” (John 5:40). 2. “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (M … read more

Heart Purity
“Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God” (MATTHEW 5:8). This is another of the Beatitudes which has been grossly perverted by the enemies of the Lord; enemies who have, like their predecessors the Pharisees, posed as the champions of t … read more

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” (MATTHEW 5:6). In the first three Beatitudes we are called upon to witness the heart exercises of one who has been awakened by the Spirit of God. First, there … read more

I am the Way, Truth Life
“I am the way.” Christ spans the distance between God and the sinner. Man would fain manufacture a ladder of his own, and . . . climb up to God. But that is impossible. That is the way which seems right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death … read more

It is Finished
How terribly have these blessed words of Christ been misunderstood, misappropriated and misapplied! How many seem to think that on the cross the Lord Jesus accomplished a work which rendered it unnecessary for the beneficiaries of it to live holy lives on … read more

Keeping the Heart
In Christendom today there are thousands of professing Christians against whom little or nothing in the way of fault could be found so far as their outward lives are concerned. They live moral, clean, upright, honest lives while at the same time the state … read more

Knowing God
God can only be known by means of a supernatural revelation of Himself Apart from the Scriptures, even a theoretical acquaintance with Him is impossible. It still holds true that ‘the world by wisdom knew not God’ (I Cor. 1:21). Where the Scriptures are i … read more

Last Things Last
We opened the year by writing upon “First things First,” so it seems appropriate that we should offer a few remarks upon Last things in this closing issue of 1939. The subject suggested by this title could be dealt with in various ways. We might, for exam … read more

Love of the Truth or For the Truth
It is not simply a knowledge of the Truth that saves, but a love of it that is the essential prerequisite. This is clear from 2 Thessalonians 2:10, “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved…” Since then there is love … read more

“Blessed are they that mourn” (MATTHEW 5:4). Mourning is hateful and irksome to poor human nature. From suffering and sadness our spirits instinctively shrink. By nature we seek the society of the cheerful and joyous. Our text presents an anomaly to th … read more

No Condemnation
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (ROMANS 8:1) “(There is) therefore now no condemnation.” The eighth chapter of the epistle to the Romans concludes the first section of that wonderful epistle. Its opening wor … read more

Perfect Peace
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isa. 26:3). What is signified by a mind “stayed on” the Lord? At least three things. First, to make the Lord the Portion of my soul. All around us are those v … read more

Personal Holiness
By our fall in Adam we not only lost the favor of God but also the purity of our nature and therefore we need to be both reconciled to God and renewed in our inner man, for without personal holiness “no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). “As He which h … read more

Poor Yet Rich
One of the prayers which the Lord teaches His people to pray is, “Bow down Thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy” (Psa. 86:1). Empty professors filled with pride, by their very attitude and actions, boast that they are “rich, and increased w … read more

Practical Godliness
It is much, very much to be thankful for when the Holy Spirit has illumined a man’s understanding, dispersed the mists of error, and established him in the Truth. Yet that is only the beginning. The Holy Scriptures are “profitable” not only for “doctrine” … read more

By the words “believe that ye receive them”: we understand, expect God to give them to you. But it is at this point that so many of God’s people fail oftenest in their prayer lives. There are three chief things to be attended to in prayer. First, make … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 1:3-5, Part 1
Certain extremists among the Dispensationalists assert and insist that the last seven epistles of the New Testament (Hebrews through Jude) pertain not to all those who are members of the mystical body of Christ, but are entirely Jewish, penned by the apos … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 1:3-5, Part 2
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope.” Let us begin this chapter with a continuation of our examination of the ascription of this doxology. God the Father … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 1:3-5, Part 3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Let us begin this chapter by continuing our consideration of the a … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 5:10, 11, Part 1
We come now to an apostolic prayer the contents of which, as a whole, are very sublime. Its contents are remarkably full, and a careful study of, and devout meditation upon, it shall be richly repaid. My present task will be rendered the easier since I am … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 5:10, 11, Part 2
“But the God of all grace, who bath called us.” In the last chapter (utilizing Goodwin’s analysis) it was pointed out that this most blessed title has respect to what God is in Himself, what He is in His eternal purpose, and what He is in His actings towa … read more

Prayer – 1 Peter 5:10, 11, Part 3
Having considered in the two previous chapters the supplicant, setting, Object, and plea of this prayer, let us now contemplate, fifthly, its petition: “the God of all grace… make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” The proper force of the Gre … read more

Prayer – 2 Peter 1:2, 3
No thorough study of the prayers of the apostles, or of the prayers of the Bible as a whole, would be complete without an examination of the benedictions with which the apostles (James excepted), prefaced their Epistles. Those opening salutations were ver … read more

Prayer – Hebrews 13:20, 21, Part 1
This prayer contains a remarkable epitome of the entire epistle—an epistle to which every minister of the Gospel should devote special attention. Nothing else is so much needed today as expository sermons on the Epistles to the Romans and to the Hebrews: … read more

Prayer – Hebrews 13:20, 21, Part 2
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.” We must now carefully consider the particular act of God toward our Savior that the Apostle Paul here … read more

Prayer – Hebrews 13:20, 21, Part 3
“Now the God of peace. . . make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.” As previously intimated, there is a very close connection between this verse and the preceding o … read more

Prayer – Jude 24, 25, Part 1
The prayer that is now to engage our attention is a particularly arresting one, but its beauty and blessedness appear even more conspicuously when it is examined in connection with its somber background. It concludes the most solemn Epistle in the New Tes … read more

Prayer – Jude 24, 25, Part 2
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling.” In further consideration of the connection of this prayer, the following question is crucial: who are the ones that the Lord Jesus thus preserves? Not everyone who professes to believe and to be a foll … read more

Prayer – Revelation 1:5, 6, Part 1
The prayer now before us really forms the closing part of the salutation and benediction of verses 4 and 5 of Revelation 1, in which “grace and peace” are sought from the triune God in His distinct persons: (1) “from him which is, and which was, and which … read more

Prayer – Revelation 1:5, 6, Part 2
Two evidences of the love of Christ for His people are mentioned in this prayer: His cleansing of them from their sins by His own blood, and His enriching of them by the dignities He bestows upon them. But there is also a third expression and manifestatio … read more

Prayer Sighs
The exercises of soul and pangs of heart find expression in sighs and sobs, in moans and groans, yet such as mere nature never produced. The word “sigh” has a much stronger force in its Scriptural usage than in our ordinary conversation, or we should say, … read more

Preaching False and True
Licentious Preaching The twofoldness of Divine Truth is broadly illustrated by the dividing of God’s Word into its two Testaments, wherein, characteristically speaking, we have set forth the Divine Law and the Divine Gospel, and where distinctively (th … read more

Precious Death
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (PSALM 116:15). This is one of the many comforting and blessed statements in Holy Scripture concerning that great event from which the flesh so much shrinks. If the Lord’s people would mo … read more

Real Christianity
Alas, how very little real Christianity there is in the world today! Christianity consists in being conformed unto the image of God’s Son “Looking unto Jesus” constantly, trustfully, submissively, lovingly, the heart occupied with the example which Christ … read more

Receiving Divine Chastisement
“My Son despise not thou the chastening of the Lord nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him” (HEBREWS 12:5). Not all chastisement is sanctified to the recipients of it. Some are hardened thereby; others are crushed beneath it. Much depends on the spir … read more

Rejoicing in the Lord
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). How many there are today who make an entirely wrong use of this Divine exhortation. Let any servant of God faithfully trace out the inward experiences of a Christian, let him describe the … read more

Repent or Perish
These were the words of the incarnate Son of God. They have never been cancelled; nor will they be as long as this world lasts. Repentance is absolute and necessary if the sinner is to make peace with God (Isa. 27:5), for repentance is the throwing down t … read more

Salvation from the Pleasure of Sin
It is here that God begins His actual application of salvation unto His elect. God saves us from the pleasure or love of sin before He delivers us from the penalty or punishment of sin. Necessarily so, for it would be neither an act of holiness nor of rig … read more

Signs of the Times
No, let us assure the spiritual reader at the outset that we are not going to waste his time nor our space by a consideration of the latest doings of Hitler, Mussolini, and Co. “Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth” (Isa. 45:9): the chi … read more

Spiritual Fluctuations
“Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God” (Psa. 55:19). As there are some people who uniformly enjoy good health, so there is a class of religious professors who appear to maintain one steady level of experience. There is no rise and fal … read more

Spiritual Nourishment
“Nourished up in the Words of Faith” (1 Tim. 4:6). We are living in a day when more and more attention is being paid to dietetics; foods are scientifically analyzed, the various grades of vitamins classified, and a serious effort made to obtain a well-bal … read more

Subjection Under God’s Chastisement
By nature we are not in subjection. We are born into this world filled with the spirit of insubordination. As the descendants of our rebellious first parents we inherit their evil nature. “Man is born like a wild ass’s colt” (Job 11:12). This is very unpa … read more

Sufferings Compensated
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (ROMANS 8:18). Ah, says someone, that must have been written by a man who was a stranger to suffering, or by one acqu … read more

Take Heed What You Read
“Take heed what ye hear” (Mark 4:24): the word “hear” obviously includes what is read, for that which is written or printed is addressed to the ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the urgent need for “taking heed” unto what they read. Just as … read more

That Worthy Name
“Yours in the name of Jesus.” How many who owe their all, both for time and eternity, to the peerless One, refer thus to Him who was “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16). It is “Jesus” this and “Jesus” that. But is it becoming for worms of the dust, … read more

The “god” of This Generation
The “god” of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the mid-day sun. The god who is now talked about in the average pulpit, spoken of in the ordinary Sunday School, … read more

We shall now consider one of the most illustrious characters set before us in the pages of Holy Writ, one who is expressly designated “the friend of God” (Jam. 2:23), and from whom Christ Himself derives one of His titles, “the son of Abraham” (Matthew 1: … read more

It is of vital importance for a right understanding of much in God’s Word to observe the relation which Adam sustained to his posterity. Adam was not only the common parent of mankind, but he was also their federal head and representative. The whole human … read more

The Beatitudes and Christ
Our meditations upon the Beatitudes would not be complete unless they turned our thoughts to the person of our blessed Lord. As we have endeavored to show, they describe the character and conduct of a Christian, and as Christian character is nothing more … read more

The Blessed Man
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psa. 1:1). We have been much impressed by the fact that the wondrous and precious Psalter opens with the word … read more

The Christian in Romans 7
In this chapter the apostle does two things: First, he shows what is not and what is the Law’s relation to the believer—judicially, the believer is emancipated from the curse or penalty of the Law (7:1-6); morally, the believer is under bonds to obey t … read more

The Christian’s Assurance
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (ROMANS 8:28). How many of God’s children have, through the centuries, drawn strength and comfort from this blessed vers … read more

Those of our readers who are particularly interested in the divine covenants would be disappointed if we closed our lengthy comments thereon and ignored the last eleven verses of Galatians 4, and therefore we feel it necessary to devote a chapter to their … read more

The Covenant Allegory
The last eleven verses of Galatians 4 are far from being free of difficulties appears from the diverse expositions of the commentators. Nor will the limited space now at our disposal allow us to enter into as full an elucidation as could be wished, nor pe … read more

The Cross and Self
Ere developing the theme of this verse let us comment on its terms. “If any”: the duty enjoined is for all who would join Christ’s followers and enlist under His banner. “If any will”: the Greek is very emphatic, signifying not only the consent of the wil … read more

The Cure for Despondency
When the Psalmist gave utterance to these words, his spirit was dejected and his heart was heavy within him. In the checkered career of David there was not a little which was calculated to sadden and depress: the cruel persecutions of Saul, who hunted him … read more

In this chapter we shall attempt little more than to point out the connecting links between the Sinaitic and the Davidic covenants. The various covenants recorded in the Old Testament, as we have previously stated, mark the principal stages in the develop … read more

The Divine Rememberer
“Who remembered us in our low estate: for His mercy endureth forever” (Psa. 136:23). “Who remembered us.” This is in striking and blessed contrast from our forgettings of Him. Like every other faculty of our beings, the memory has been affected by th … read more

The Word of God opens with a brief account of creation, the making of man, and his fall. From later Scripture we have no difficulty in ascertaining that the issue of the trial to which man was subjected in Eden had been divinely foreseen. “The Lamb slain … read more

The Eye of Faith
“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee” (Job 42:5). What did Job signify by this? Obviously his words are not to be understood literally. No, by employing a common figure of speech, he meant that the mists of unbelief … read more

The God of Jacob
This divine title—“The God of Jacob”—is found at least fourteen times in the Old Testament, and in addition, three times we read of “The mighty God of Jacob.” Such frequent repetition argues a deep significance, and suggests valuable lessons to be learned … read more

The Gospel of Satan
Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. As we have seen, the Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the tares, which closely resembles the wheat in app … read more

The Great Giver
“He that spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (ROMANS 8:32). The above verse supplies us with an instance of Divine logic. It contains a conclusion drawn from a premise; t … read more

The Holiness of God
Because God is holy, acceptance with Him on the ground of creature-doings is utterly impossible. A fallen creature could sooner create a world than produce that which would meet the approval of infinite Purity. Can darkness dwell with Light? Can the Immac … read more

The Hope of His Calling
What is meant by “the hope of His calling”? This is really a double question: What is meant by the word hope in this passage, and what is meant by His calling? In Scripture hope always respects something future, and signifies far more than a mere wish … read more

The Impotency of the Human Will
Does it lie within the province of man’s will to accept or reject the Lord Jesus as Saviour? Granted that the Gospel is preached to the sinner, that the Holy Spirit convicts him of his lost condition, does it, in the final analysis, lie within the power o … read more

The Longsuffering of God
“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 brazenl … read more

The Meaning of “KOSMOS” in John 3:16
It may appear to some of our readers that the exposition we have given of John 3:16 in the chapter on “Difficulties and Objections” is a forced and unnatural one, inasmuch as our definition of the term “world” seems to be out of harmony with the meaning … read more

I. We have designated this final covenant “the Messianic” rather than “the Christian” or “the New” covenant, partly for the sake of alliteration and partly for the sake of emphasis. Before we consider its special nature and contents, we must first bridge … read more

The Narrow Way
The second half of Matthew 7 forms the applicatory part of that most important discourse of our Lord’s, known as “the Sermon on the Mount.” One leading design of the Sermon was to show the spiritual nature and wide extent of that obedience which character … read more

The Nature of Christ’s Salvation Misrepresented by the Present-day “Evangelist.”
The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day “evangelist.” He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake … read more

Noah is the connecting link between “the world that then was,” which “being overflowed with water, perished,” and the earth which now is “reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:6, 7). He lived upon both, was … read more

The Ordained Lamp
The first part of this Psalm records a series of prayer-petitions; from verse 11 to the close are a number of great and precious promises relating to David and his family in the type, but mainly and ultimately to Christ and His New Testament church in the … read more

The Prodigal son
11 “And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and … read more

The Right Beginning
How much depends upon a right beginning. If the foundation be faulty, the superstructure is insecure; if the babe be undernourished the child will be unhealthy; if the child grows up uneducated, the man is handicapped for life. Doubly so does this hold go … read more

The order we follow in this series is that of experience. It is not until man is made thoroughly displeased with himself that he begins to aspire after God. The fallen creature deluded by Satan, is self-satisfied until his sin-blinded eyes are opened to g … read more

The Holy Scriptures are wholly supernatural. They are a Divine revelation. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). It is not merely that God elevated men’s minds, but that He directed their thoughts. It is not simply that He communic … read more

The truth of God may well be likened to a narrow path skirted on either side by a dangerous and destructive precipice: in other words, it lies between two gulfs of error. The aptness of this figure may be seen in our proneness to sway from one extreme to … read more

The ungodly are ever seeking after joy, but they do not find it: they busy and weary themselves in the pursuit of it, yet all in vain. Their hearts being turned from the Lord, they look downward for joy, where it is not; rejecting the substance, they dili … read more

In earlier chapters we have sought to point out some of the ways by which we may ascertain whether or not our reading and searching of the Scriptures are really being blessed to our souls. Many are deceived on this matter, mistaking an eagerness to acquir … read more

All professing Christians are agreed, in theory at least, that it is the bounden duty of those who bear His name to honor and glorify Christ in this world. But as to how this is to be done, as to what He requires from us to this end, there is wide differe … read more

A prayerless Christian is a contradiction in terms. Just as a still-born child is a dead one, so a professing believer who does not pray is devoid of spiritual life. Prayer is the breath of the new nature in the saint, as the Word of God is its food. When … read more

There is grave reason to believe that much Bible reading and Bible study of the last few years has been of no spiritual profit to those who engaged in it. Yes, we go further; we greatly fear that in many instances it has proved a curse rather than a bless … read more

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 fore-appointed all things for them and concernin … read more

Not a little is written to the Christian in the New Testament about “the world” and his attitude towards it. Its real nature is plainly defined, and the believer is solemnly warned against it. God’s holy Word is a light from heaven, shining here “in a dar … read more

We have now arrived at a stage of our subject which we fear is not likely to be of much interest to many of our readers; yet we would ask them to kindly bear with us for the sake of those who are anxious to have a systematic exposition thereof. We write, … read more

The Snare of Service
The main business and the principal concern of the Christian should be that of thanking, praising and adoring that blessed One who has saved him with an everlasting salvation, and who, to secure that salvation, left Heaven’s glory and came down to this si … read more

The Sovereignty of God
The sovereignty of God is an expression that once was generally understood. It was a phrase commonly used in religious literature. It was a theme frequently expounded in the pulpit. It was a truth which brought comfort to many hearts and gave virility and … read more

The Sovereignty of God in Creation
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for Thou hast created all things and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11) Sovereignty characterizes the whole Being of God: let us observe how it marks all His ways a … read more

The Two Natures
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6); “The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other” (Gal. 5:17). These and similar pas … read more

The Wrong Emphasis
Once a man makes the conversion of sinners his prime design and all-consuming end and NOT THE GLORY OF GOD, he is exceedingly apt to adopt a wrong course. Instead of striving to preach the Truth in all its purity, he will tone it down so as to make it mor … read more

Tried by Fire
“But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold” (JOB 23:10). Job here corrects himself. In the beginning of the chapter we find him saying: “Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groani … read more

True Christian Love
Love is the Queen of the Christian graces. It is a holy disposition given to us when we are born again by God. It is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. True spiritual love is characterized by meekness and gentleness, yet it is v … read more

We are rather afraid that its title will deter some from reading this article: we hope it will not be so. True, it does not treat of a popular theme, nay one which is now very rarely heard in the pulpit; nevertheless, it is a scriptural one. Fallen man is … read more

What Ought to be Our Attitude Toward the Sovereignty of God?
It has been well said that “true worship is based upon recognized greatness, and greatness is superlatively seen in Sovereignty, and at no other footstool will men really worship.” In the presence of the Divine King upon His throne even the seraphim ‘veil … read more

One of the most solemn and soul-destroying fallacies of the day is that unregenerate souls are capable of worshipping God. Probably one chief reason why this error has gained so much ground is because of the wide-spread ignorance which obtains concerning … read more


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