Enmity against the Gospel, and the Power of the Commission.

Written by, A. W. Pink

Falsely-Accused-PriestsAfter our Lord’s death and resurrection… 

He commissioned His disciples to go forth carrying from Him a message first to His own nation and later to “every creature. This message, be it noted, was not a malediction called down upon the heads of His heartless murderers, but a proclamation of grace. It was a message of good news, of glad tidings” forgiveness was to be preached in His name to all men. How then would human wisdom suppose such a message will be received? It is further to be observed that those who were thus commissioned to carry the Gospel to the lost,were vested with power to heal the sick and to cast out demons.

Surely such a beneficent ministry will meet with a universal welcome!

Yet, incredible as it may appear, the Apostles of Christ met with no more appreciation than did their Master. They, too, were despised and rejected. They, too, were hated and persecuted. They, too, were ill-treated, imprisoned,and put to a shameful death. And this,not merely from the hands of the bigoted Jews, but from the cultured Greeks and from the democratic and freedom loving Romans as well.

Though these Apostles brought blessing, they themselves were cursed…

…though they sought to emancipate men from the thraldom of sin and Satan, yet they were themselves captured and thrown into prison; though they healed the sick and raised the dead,they suffered martyrdom. Surely it is apparent to every impartial mind that the New Testament is no mere human invention; and surely it is evident from the honesty of its writers in so faithfully portraying the enmity of the carnal mind against God, that their productions can only be accounted for on the ground that they spake and wrote “not of themselves” but “as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter1:21).

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Taken from, “Divine Inspiration of the Bible”
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Meet the Author and part of your Christian heritage: Arthur Walkington Pink (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952) was an English Christian evangelist and biblical scholar who was known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings in an era dominated by opposing theological traditions. For example, he called Dispensationalism a “modern and pernicious error”. Subscribers of his monthly magazine Studies in the Scriptures included Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Dr. Douglas Johnson, first general secretary of Inter-Varsity.After Pink’s death, his works were republished by a number of publishing houses, among them, Banner of Truth Trust, Baker Book House, Christian Focus Publications, Moody Press, Truth for Today, and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living. Pink is left out of many biographical dictionaries and overlooked in many religious histories.

 

2 thoughts on “Enmity against the Gospel, and the Power of the Commission.

  1. Horst Maerzke

    Please indulge me again, and allow me to ask if this is a skewed view of justice?
    Does “Moderate (or balanced) Calvinism” claim that the non-elect deserve to be damned, because they are damned only for their sins and for no other cause.
    Which brings up another obvious question.. If God elects individuals to salvation, it is His choice to elect as many or as few as He desires. But considering that none of them were deserving,…. why would He only elect a limited number?

    • Hi Horst, good questions! Sorry I am late getting back to you, unfortunately, I am just now getting back to my computer.
      Horst, I want you to do something that I think is important. I want you to first lay down all the labels and terms that Christians put on to a given set of beliefs, and take a deep breath. I am sure that you don’t need to be reminded that the only thing important is what God thinks and what he says in the Bible, and that is what I want to do.
      Let’s start with the roots of your first question; if I were to ask you, “Who do you think deserves to be saved?” You would answer me “No one!” And that would be the correct answer. The Bible says that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Does that mean that we all need a Savior? Obviously, the answer is yes, and a Savior has been provided. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Mathew 1:21. I know that I am making this way too simple, but I want to start with the basics, for there are many people reading this who may not know the Lord.
      Our discussion now begins zeroing in on your question, does God decide who will be saved, or do we?
      Those that believe that salvation is all up to us, or in what we call “free-will” believe that Jesus called everyone to be saved and some, on the basis of fortuitous circumstances (what we call “luck” versus the unlucky) woke up one morning and decided that they should believe in Christ, that they should be saved. But to believe that means that they don’t believe what the Bible says about the “state of man,” or his heart. The Bible says that man is in enmity with God. That means that we are at “war with God” James 4:4. That is, we hate God. So to wake up from hating God to loving God based on our own whims, is not logical. But it is worse than that… We are dead in sin until we have Christ. We are truly the “walking dead” until we have Christ. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The Bible does not use this language accidently. The Bible states that we are “dead.” Why? Because we cannot raise ourselves, we cannot bring ourselves to life; God has to do that. We cannot even make that decision unless God makes us alive together with Christ! So the first thing that we need to see is that God is the one who does the regenerating, not we ourselves. Much more could be said and written on this, but we have short space here, so please forgive my brevity.
      The real problem people have about what the Bible states, is because if God makes alive some people and not others, it doesn’t seem “fair.” However, it isn’t fair for Jesus to come down and die for anybody. But he did and he made some alive. However, is this thought consistent with scripture? The answer is yes. The Bible says that “What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” Romans 9: 14-16.
      Your second question is also interesting. And it goes back to the question of fairness, but from a different tilt. There are some people who believe that Jesus died for everybody. But the Bible as a whole doesn’t teach that. Instead, we see in Matthew 25 that the sheep are finally divided from the goats, and in Matthew 13, that the wheat is separated from the tares. So we see that God does save some and not all.
      In conclusion, I think that we have to go back to Paul and ask this question, “There is no injustice with God, is there?” The answer must come back as a resounding NO! But what we must do is let Jesus choose those who he wants as his bride. He died for her, and that is his right. Even if we do not understand why he does something, we must trust his heart I hope that this helps brother, if you have any further question, you know how to reach me, just ask. Grace and peace.

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