A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance
by Steve West
About the Author
Arthur W. Pink was the author of numerous books on biblical and theological issues. He was well-known for teaching and defending Calvinism.
Preachers must call sinners to repentance, but they must also speak comfort to God’s people. What an honor to be the people of God! What an honor to be tasked with speaking comfort to God’s chosen inheritance! Very often, owing to the trials of life and the opposition of the world, the flesh, and the devil, believers find themselves in need of comfort. One key truth that gives believers comfort is that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). This verse uses the word therefore, connecting its mighty declaration with the incredible truths that Paul articulated in Romans chapters 1-7. Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ and the justification of God’s people, believers cannot be condemned. It is necessary to remember the immediate context of 8:1 in order to get its full effect. In the latter half of chapter 7, Paul describes his battle with sin and his longing for deliverance. We are by nature objects of God’s wrath, but in Christ’s death the Father was propitiated and our sins removed. If it were not for his work, none could be saved. We are guilty sinners, but because our sin has been removed from us and dealt with by Christ we cannot be condemned. Condemnation is an impossibility for those who are in Christ.
Romans 8:28 is a verse which has given Christians comfort for the entire history of the church. There are times when our senses and empirical judgment would be against the truth that this verse declares, but by the eyes of faith, we can see with God’s perspective and trust in him. “All things work” in the universe according to the plan of God, and as such they all work “together for good to those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.” No matter what our circumstances or experiences, God is working all things together for the good of his children. The providence of God is precious and wonderful. Since God is the sovereign governor of the universe, and he desires nothing but our good, nothing will befall us that is not purposed for our benefit. This comfort is not for everyone, however: it is only for those who know and love God. Every one of God’s children love him and long to love him more. They are called according to his purpose, and the call is effectual. Nothing in us causes God to call us effectually; it is all a gift of sovereign grace. Having been called by God, we know that he will work everything together for our good. . . .[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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COMFORT FOR CHRISTIANS, by A. W. Pink