Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Has Your Conscience Been Smitten By God of Your Sin?
"As the Christian grows in grace, he has a clearer realization of what sin is—rebellion against God; and a deeper hatred of and sorrow for it. But to think that one may be saved by Christ, whose conscience has never been smitten by the Spirit, and whose heart has not been made contrite before God—is to imagine something which has no existence in the realm of fact. "It is not the healthy who need a doctor—but the sick" (Matthew 9:12). The only ones who really seek relief from the great Physician, are those who are sick of sin—who long to be delivered from its God-dishonoring works, and its soul-defiling pollutions."
~ Arthur Pink, "Present Day Evangelism"
The sermon on the mountain is about such things--those who are poor in spirit= spiritually bankrupt, mourn over their sin, are comforted by God's great salvation and they hunger and thirst for righteousness which they do not have in and of themselves--it is all of God:
Mat 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.