Monday, September 08, 2008

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Few men that I have ever read after have insight into the Scriptures like Arthur Pink. I don't agree with everything he says, but the man sees the spiritual side of Scripture like few others. Matthew Henry, JC. Ryle are two others with this gift.

Here is a quote from Pink that I read this morning that was like a stream of cool water on a hot dry day.

""Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples" (John 1:35). This is the place to ask the question, What was the fruitage of John’s mission? What results accrued from his ministry? They were very similar to what may be expected to attend the labors of a servant of God, who is used of His Master, today. John had borne faithful witness to Christ: how had his ministry been received.’,

In the first place, the religious leaders of his day rejected the testimony of God (Luke 7:30).

In the second place, great crowds were attracted, and men of all sorts attended upon his ministry (Luke 3:7-15).

In the third place, only a few were really affected by his message, and stood ready to receive the Messiah when He appeared.

It has been much the same all through the ages. When God sends forth a man to take an active and prominent part in His service, the religious leaders look upon him with suspicion, and hold aloof in their fancied superiority. On the other hand, the vulgar, curious crowds, ever hungering for the novel and sensational, are attracted; but comparatively few are really touched in their consciences and hearts."

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