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PROFITING FROM THE WORD by A.W. Pink, Chapter 3: The Scriptures and Christ

      “It is not until man is made thoroughly displeased with himself that he begins to aspire after God. The Holy Spirit first works in us a sense of our ignorance, vanity, poverty and depravity, before He brings us to perceive and acknowledge that in God alone are to be found true wisdom, real blessedness, perfect goodness and unspotted righteousness.”
      “‘Search the Scriptures for…they testify of me’ John 5:39. Apart from scriptures, He cannot be known. To know Christ was the supreme longing and aim of the apostle Paul.”
      “Concerning the bread which God gave to the children of Israel during their wilderness wanderings, it is recorded that ‘some gathered more, some less’ Exodus 16:17. The same is true in our apprehension of Him of whom the manna was a type.”
      “An individual is profited from the Scriptures when they reveal to him his need of Christ. Man in his natural estate deems himself self-sufficient. The most religious people of all, the Jews, had no sense that they were lost.”
      “The more the Spirit deepens His work of grace in the regenerated soul, the more that individual is made conscious of his pollution, his sinfulness and his vileness; and the more does he discover his need of and learn to value that precious, precious blood which cleanses from all sin.”
      “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
      “He is the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, to help in every time of need. He is the great High Priest, who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He is the Advocate with the Father, who pleads our cause when Satan accuses us.”
      “Is it your chief joy to get alone and be occupied with Him? An individual is profited from the Scriptures as Christ becomes more precious to him.…Where real and daily fellowship is cultivated the Christian will be able to say with the Psalmist, ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee’ Psalm 73:25.”
      “An individual who is profited from the Scriptures has an increasing confidence in Christ…trusting in the Lord ‘with all the heart’ Proverbs 3:5. Nothing pleased the Saviour more than the firm reliance which was placed in Him.”
      “As Christ becomes more real to the heart…confidence in Him is deepened…that all He has promised He will perform. Abraham…furnished an illustration of what a deepening confidence in the Lord signifies…he turned his back upon all that was dear to the flesh…he went forth in simple dependence on Him and dwelt as a stranger and sojourner in the land of promise, though he never owned a single acre of it….when called on to offer up Isaac…he accounted that God was able to ‘raise him up, even from the dead’ Hebrews 11:19. In the history of Abraham we are shown how grace is able to subdue an evil heart of unbelief, how the Spirit may be victorious over the flesh, how the supernatural fruits of a God-given and God-sustained faith may be brought forth by a man of like passions with us.”
      “Nothing more pleases, honors, and glorifies Christ than the confiding trust, the expectant confidence and the childlike faith of those to whom He has given every cause to trust Him with all their heart. And nothing more evidences that we are being profited from the Scriptures than an increasing faith in Christ.”
      “An individual is profited from the Scriptures when they beget in him a deepening desire to please Christ. ‘Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price’ 1 Corinthians 6:19.”
      “Is Christ Himself becoming daily more precious to us? Is our faith in Him growing so that we confidently trust Him for everything? Are we really seeking to please Him in all the details of our lives?”