The Power of Gods Word to Convict Men of Sin (A.W. Pink)

[I’m still delving through works on the inspiration and authority of the Bible. After finishing Lorraine Boettner’s The Inspiration of Scripture, I decided to work through A.W. Pink’s The Divine Inspiration of the Bible. While I found Boettner’s book to be a helpful and concise work defending the divine origin of the Scriptures and their preservation by the same Divine hand, I enjoyed how Pink used this platform as a means of presenting the Gospel to his readers. Pink’s strongest arguments are not from empirical evidence and probability, as Boettner’s seem to be, but from Scripture’s unique anthropological, theological (in its strict sense, i.e. limited to God), and soteriological teachings. The following quote, I think, is a great illustration of how Pink uses this subject to address the issues of the human heart in matters that may seem otherwise divorced from the spiritual life of an individual. There is no disinterested observer of Scripture; one is either for God and love His infallible and inerrant Word, or he is not and does not. Enjoy!]

The Power of Gods Word to Convict Men of Sin.

In Hebrews 4:12 we have a Scripture which draws attention to this peculiar characteristic of the Bible—”For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The writings of men may sometimes stir the emotions, search the conscience, and influence the human will, but in a manner and degree possessed by no other book the Bible convicts men of their guilt and lost estate. The Word of God is the Divine mirror, for in it man reads the secrets of his own guilty soul and sees the vileness of his own evil nature. In a way absolutely peculiar to themselves, the Scriptures discern the thoughts and intents of the heart and reveal to men the fact that they are lost sinners and in the presence of a Holy God.

Some thirty years ago there resided in one of the Temples of Thibet a Buddhist priest who had conversed with no Christian missionary, had heard nothing about the cross of Christ, and had never seen a copy of the Word of God. One day while searching for something in the temple, he came across a transcription of Matthew’s Gospel, which years before had been left there by a native who had received it from some traveling missionary. His curiosity aroused, the Buddhist priest commenced to read it, but when he reached the eighth verse in the fifth chapter he paused and pondered over it: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Although he knew nothing about the righteousness of his Maker, although he was quite ignorant concerning the demands of God’s holiness, yet he was there and then convicted of his sins, and a work of Divine grace commenced in his soul. Month after month went by and each day he said to himself, “I shall never see God, for I am impure in heart.” Slowly but surely the work of the Holy Spirit deepened within him until he saw himself as a lost sinner; vile, guilty, and undone.

After continuing for more than a year in this miserable condition the priest one day heard that a “foreign devil” was visiting a town nearby and selling books which spoke about God. The same night the Buddhist priest fled from the temple and journeyed to the town where the missionary was residing. On reaching his destination he sought out the missionary and at once said to him, “Is it true that only those who are pure in heart will see God?” “Yes,” replied the missionary, “but the same Book which tells you that, also tells you how you may obtain a pure heart,” and then he talked to him about our Lord’s atoning work and how that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Quickly the light of God flooded the soul of the Buddhist priest and he found the peace which “passeth all understanding.” Now what other book in the world outside of the Bible, contains a sentence or even a chapter which, without the aid of any human commentator, is capable of convincing and convicting a heathen that he is a lost sinner? Does not the fact of the miraculous power of the Bible, which has been illustrated by thousands of fully authenticated cases similar to the above, declare that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, vested with the same might as their Omnipotent Author?

(The Divine Inspiration of the Bible, Chapter 9, Section 1)

Amen :)



2 thoughts on “The Power of Gods Word to Convict Men of Sin (A.W. Pink)

  1. Heather says:

    Really enjoyed reading this, Hiram.

    It’s true, too. Some writings can manipulate a person’s emotions and maybe even prompt us to make “positive changes”. But I’ve never been convicted of my own folly and moved to run to Christ by anything as I have by Scripture.


  2. Hiram says:

    Amen :)

    I can honestly say that with moral exhortations given in other, non-inspired literature, I can be manipulated as well. But, I can also say “So what?” when an author says, “You aren’t doing such and such.”

    When God’s Law dissects our intentions, showing us the malice we often conceal under seemingly benign intentions, I can only bow in repentance and look to the cross. Paul tells us that the Law shuts our mouths (Ro 3:19), and I can attest to this!

    Praise God that He has taken on human flesh so that He could do what we, in our sinful flesh, cannot – i.e. fulfill the Law of God perfectly!

    Amen :)


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