One of my younger brothers introduced me to the writings of Arthur W. Pink or A.W. Pink.  He traveled throughout the UK and the US as a preacher.  For most of his life, Pink and his writing output remained a thing of the past.  Over the last two decades, there has been a resurgence in the modern church with respect to Reformed theology, and in particular, the Reformed view of salvation.  This modern revival of Reformation teaching has lead to the discovery of the works of Pink.  I am about to begin his book titled, The Attributes of God, the source of the quote below this paragraph.  Few writers today match Pink’s ability to state with clarity the difference between  a book knowledge about God and the knowledge of God that transforms dead souls into living ones in Christ.

“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped. In this booklet an effort has been made to set forth some of the principal perfections of the Divine character. If the reader is to truly profit from his perusal of the pages that follow, he needs to definitely and earnestly beseech God to bless them to him, to apply His Truth to the conscience and heart, so that his life will be transformed thereby.

“Something more than a theoretical knowledge of God is needed by us. God is only truly known in the soul as we yield ourselves to Him, submit to His authority, and regulate all the details of our lives by His holy precepts and commandments.  ‘Then shall we know, if we follow on (in the path of obedience) to know the Lord’ (Hosea 6:3).  ‘If any man will do His will, he shall know’ (John 7:17).  ‘The people that do know their God shall be strong'” (Dan. 11:32).

(Arthur W. Pink, Preface, The Attributes of God, 1923)

Knowing God vs Knowing About God


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