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No promises of God are given to those outside of Christ

September 24, 2013 1 comment

Arthur PinkAS IT IS particularly the Old Testament promises of which Dispensationalists would deprive the Christian, a more definite and detailed refutation of this error is now required—coming, as it obviously does, within the compass of our present subject. We will here transcribe what we wrote thereon almost twenty years ago.

5. Since all the promises of God are made in Christ, it clearly follows that none of them are available to any who are out of Christ, for to be out of Him is to be out of the favour of God. God cannot look on such a person but as an object of His wrath, as fuel for His vengeance: there is no hope for any man until he be in Christ. But it may be asked, Does not God bestow any good things on them who are out of Christ, sending His rain upon the unjust, and filling the bellies of the wicked with good things (Psalm 17:14)? Yes, He does indeed. Then are not those temporal mercies blessings? Certainly not: far from it. As He says in Malachi 2:2,

 

“I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart” (cf. Deuteronomy 28:15-20).

 

Unto the wicked, the temporal mercies of God are like food given to bullocks—it does but “prepare them for the day of slaughter” (Jeremiah 12:3, and cf. James 5:5).

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism