Why did Christ tell his disciples, “it is to your advantage that I go away” (John 16:7)? The answer to this question is found in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. In this comprehensive study Pink develops that answer from the rest of Scripture to the great benefit of every believer.
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Pink’s writings should be part of every Christian’s study library. A practical theologian with a pastor’s heart, Pink has shaped the thinking of a generation of believers.
In this comprehensive study, Pink considers every verse in the Bible that touches on the subject of the Holy Spirit and finds that it is essential to both the doctrine and practice of believers. As he states in the introduction, “Not at all too strong was the language of Samuel Chadwick when he said, ‘The gift of the Spirit is the crowning mercy of God in Christ Jesus. It was for this all the rest was. The Incarnation and Crucifixion, the Resurrection and Ascension were all preparatory to Pentecost. Without the gift of the Holy Spirit all the rest would be useless. The great thing in Christianity is the gift of the Spirit. The essential, vital, central element in the life of the soul and the work of the Church is the Person of the Spirit’ (Joyful News, 1911).”
Pink’s work on the Holy Spirit is one of his lesser known works on major Christian doctrines…The ‘Holy Spirit’ was first published in book form in 1970 some 18 years after Pink’s death. At times it has been out of print for years at a time…Why this book is somewhat undervalued of Pink’s major doctrinal studies remains a mystery to me. The chapter titles which list the work of the Spirit are so helpful in identifying the various ministries of the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of God’s people. A few that I would like to mention are: The Holy Spirit regenerating, The Spirit convicting, the Spirit working faith, the Spirit uniting to Christ, the Spirit assuring and the Spirit leading. Simply listing the 22 chapter titles on various aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit of God is a lesson itself. The person and work of the Holy Spirit is where there is as much divergence in Christendom, as there is with any other major Christian teaching. As is characteristic of almost anything that came from Pink’s pen there is a plethora of insights and riches that have been mined from the Word of God. An outstanding example is on p.31 “Hence, from the first entrance of sin, there were two great heads to the promises which God gave His people: the sending of His Son to obey and die, the sending of His Spirit to make effectual the fruits of the former.” A.W. Pink’s work on the Holy Spirit is without a doubt one of the great works ever penned on the third person of the Triune God.
A Biographical Sketch of A.W. Pink:
If you have read and appreciated C. H. Spurgeon, you’ll love the writing of Arthur Pink!
A. W. Pink should be part of every Christian’s study library. A practical theologian with a pastor’s heart, Pink has shaped the thinking of a generation of believers—especially on the topic of divine election and God’s sovereignty.
During most of his lifetime, Pink was not well-known or widely read. He quietly pastored churches in the United States and Australia for most of his working life. In 1922, he started a magazine entitled Studies in Scriptures which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide. The magazine “was feeding several of the men who were leading a return to doctrinal Christianity, including Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Douglas Johnson (founder of Inter-Varsity)” but did not gain a lot of attention or subscriptions, and Pink died in relative obscurity.
“…the widespread circulation of [Pink's] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”
After Pink’s death, his works were republished by The Banner of Truth Trust and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain H. Murrary observes of Pink, “the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.” His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers’ hearts on biblical living. Yet even today, Pink is left out of most biographical dictionaries and overlooked in many religious histories.
In his commentary on Ephesians for the Preaching the Word series, R. Kent Hughes relates how his life was changed through an encounter with Pink’s writings: “As a sixteen-year-old I read Arthur W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God, through which I was made to see the transcendent holiness of God, my own utter sinfulness, and his sovereign working in bringing men and women to himself.”
We bring you the writings of A. W. Pink in the hopes that you, like Hughes, will find them to be challenging and inspirational. Here is a writer, beloved by many, who expressed with clarity and courage many timeless truths of Scripture.