God’s Solitariness (exerpts from “Attributes of God” by A.W. Pink)

3 10 2007

In The Attributes of God (2001, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan), Scottish pastor/teacher A.W. Pink (1886-1952) discusses the characteristics of God as revealed from the Scriptures: http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attributes.htm

Following are a few exerpts from the first chapter of the book on “The Solitariness of God”. Some underlined and highlighted areas of emphasis in the text are of my doing in trying to bring attention to key ideas in Pastor Pink’s text.

Pastor Pink challenges his readers to study, think and pray about the attributes of God. As Christians lets take up that challenge, following the Biblical admonition of Colossians 3:1-2 to “….keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on the earth.”

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A. “In the beginning God…..” (Genesis 1:1)

“In the beginning, God” (Gen. 1:1). There was a time, if “time” it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone. “In the beginning, God.” There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but “from everlasting.” During a past eternity, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished. (A. W. Pink)
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B. What can we give to God or How can we affect Him?

We are well aware that the high ground we are here treading is new and strange to almost all of our readers; for that reason it is well to move slowly. Let our appeal again be to the Scriptures. At the end of Romans 11, where the apostle brings to a close his long argument on salvation by pure and sovereign grace, he asks, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?” (vv. 34,35). The force of this is, it is impossible to bring the Almighty under obligations to the creature; God gains nothing from us. “If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him? Or what receiveth He of thine hand? Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man” (Job 35:7,8), but it certainly cannot affect God, who is all-blessed in Himself. “When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants.'” (Luke 17:10)—our obedience has profited God nothing. (A. W. Pink)

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C. “He is worthy of our reverent worship and obedience”

Nor is the testimony of the New Testament any different from that of the Old: how could it be, seeing that both have one and the same Author! There too we read, “Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man bath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting, Amen” (1 Tim. 6:16). Such an One is to be revered, worshipped, adored. He is solitary in His majesty, unique in His excellency, peerless in His perfections. He sustains all, but is Himself independent of all. He gives to all, but is enriched by none. (A. W. Pink)

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D. “God is only known to those that He reveals Himself to”

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There is much more in terms of Scripture references and of Pink’s commentary in this section of the book for your benefit and edification. This study should lead all of us to the praise, adoration and reverential worship of God.

People who are born again believers in Christ in Colby and surrounding communities of Western Kansas have the need to seek the Lord, to worship Him, to study His Word the Bible, and to pray for and love one another in accord with commands of Christ. Amen.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Churchlayman


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