Questions for Rumination

Some questions from Pink’s work on the Doctrine of Sanctification for you to toss around in your mind. A. W. makes good use of the Law to drive us to Christ in faith and to help us come to a better understanding of how vile our sin really is before God and His holiness. These questions are useful and often penetrating, they would be excellent as review before attend at the Lord’s Supper.

A. W. Pink tells us to “Honestly apply to yourself the following tests.”

 

 

First, in seasons of retirement from the noise and business of the world, or during the sacred hours of the Sabbath, or in your secret devotions, what are your thoughts, what is the real temper of your mind?

Do you know God, commune with and delight in Him?

Is His Word precious, is prayer a welcome exercise?

Do you delight in God’s perfections and esteem Him for His absolute supremacy and sovereignty?

Do you feel and lament your remaining blindness and ignorance; do you mourn over your lack of conformity to God’s Law and your natural contrariety to it, and hate yourself for it?

Do you watch and pray and fight against the corruptions of your heart?

Not indeed as you should, but do you really and sincerely do so at all?

Second, what are the grounds of your love to God? from what motives are you influenced to love Him?

Because you believe He loves you? or because He appears infinitely great and glorious in Himself?

Are you glad that He is infinitely holy, that He knows and sees all things, that He possesses all power?

Does it suit your heart that God governs the world, and requires that all creatures should bow in the dust before Him, that He alone may be exalted?

Does it appear perfectly reasonable that you should love God with all your heart, and do you loathe and resist everything contrary to Him?

Do you feel yourself to be wholly to blame for not being altogether such as the Law requires?

Third, is there being formed within you a disposition to love your neighbor as yourself, so that you wish and seek only his good?

and do you hate and mourn over any contrary spirit within you?

Honest answers to these questions should enable you to ascertain your real spiritual state.

“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32

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