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It is the duty of the expositor to gather together the various descriptions and exemplifications given in Scripture of any particular thing

Arthur PinkIt is the duty of the expositor to gather together the various descriptions and exemplifications given in Scripture of any particular thing, rather than to frame a formal definition of its nature, for it is in this way that the Holy Spirit has taught us to conceive of it. Take the simple act of saving faith, and observe the numerous and quite different expressions used to depict it. It is portrayed as believing on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), or the reposing of the soul’s confidence in Him. As a coming to Him (Matthew 11:28), which implies the forsaking of all that is opposed to Him. As a receiving of Him (John 1:12), as He is freely offered to sinners in the Gospel. As a fleeing to Him for refuge (Hebrews 6:18), as the manslayer sought asylum in one of the cities provided for that purpose (Numbers 35:6). As a looking unto Him (Isaiah 45:22), as the bitten Israelites unto the serpent upon the pole (Numbers 21:9). As an acceptance of God’s testimony, and thereby setting to our seal that He is true (John 3:33). As the entering of a gate (Matthew 7:13) or door (John 10:9). As an act of complete surrender or giving of ourselves to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:5), as a woman does when she marries a man.

The act of saving faith is also set forth as a calling upon the Lord (Romans 10:13), as did sinking Peter (Matthew 14:30) and the dying thief. As a trusting in Christ (Ephesians 1:13) as the great Physician, counting upon His sufficiency to heal our desperate diseases. As a resting in the Lord (Psalm 37:7) as on a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16). As an act of appropriation or eating (John 6:51) to satisfy an aching void within. As a committal (2 Timothy 1:12): as a man deposits his money in a bank for safe custody, so we are to put our souls into the hands of Christ for time and eternity (cf. Luke 23:46). As faith in His blood (Romans 3:25). As a belief of the Truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13). As an act of obedience unto God’s holy commandment (2 Peter 2:21) in complying with the terms of the Gospel (Romans 10:16). As a loving of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 16:22). As a turning unto the Lord (Acts 11:21) —which implies a turning from the world. As a receiving of the witness of God (1 John 5:9, 10) as an all sufficient ground of assurance, without the evidence of feeling or anything else. As a taking of the water of life (Revelation 22:17). Most of these twenty expressions are figurative, and therefore better fitted than any formal definition to convey to our minds a more vivid concept of the act and to preserve from a one-sided view of it.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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