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Jonathan Edwards – Saving Grace Is More Precious Than Grace Gifts

27 Feb

Hence we may argue Fifth, from the infinitely more excellent fruit of that [saving] grace, which is the effect of the ordinary gifts of the Spirit, than of the extraordinary gifts, since grace is saving but those extraordinary gifts are not. The Apostle tells us in the text that those extraordinary gifts of the Spirit profit nothing without charity [love]. A man may have them and go to hell. Judas Iscariot had them, and is gone to hell. And Christ tells us of many, who have had these extraordinary gifts, whom he will bid in that day to depart from him as workers of iniquity. “Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22-23). And therefore when Christ promised the disciples the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, such as casting out devils, and other extraordinary gifts, he bids them not to rejoice that the devils were subject to them; but rather that they should rejoice because their names were written in heaven; intimating that men may have this power of casting out devils, and their names not be written in heaven (Luke 10:20). This shows that grace which is the effect of the ordinary gift of the Spirit is infinitely a greater blessing than the extraordinary, since it carries eternal life in it. Eternal life is a thing of infinite worth and value. And that must be an excellent blessing indeed which has this as the fruit of it. The value of any possession is known by the fruit or profit which is obtained by it. “Better is the end of a thing, than the beginning thereof” (Eccles. 7:8). By this therefore, that blessing of the grace of God which is the fruit of the ordinary gifts of the Spirit is infinitely more precious than that of the extraordinary gifts.

~Jonathan Edwards~


Charity and Its Fruits: Living in the Light of God’s Love (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2012) p. 69

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Jonathan Edwards – The Primary Inducement to Humble Love

20 Feb

The gospel yet further tends to lead us to humble exercises of love as it leads us to love Christ as one that was crucified for our sins. Christ’s being crucified is a great argument for the humility of us who are his followers; but his being crucified for our sins is a much further argument for it. For Christ’s being crucified for our sins is the greatest testimony of God against our sins that ever was. It shows more of God’s abhorrence of our sins than any other dispensation of God. God so abhorred our sins that he would have them so terribly punished, and his wrath so exerted against them, even when imputed to his own Son. So that this is the greatest inducement to our humility which can be, on these two accounts. First, it is the greatest manifestation of the vileness of that nature for which we should be humble. And second, it is the greatest argument to our love to this humble Savior whom the gospel holds forth. Because, the excellency of Christ and the love of Christ appear more in that act, his yielding himself to be crucified for us, than in any other act. So that these two things considered together tend above all things to draw forth the exercises of humble love.

~Jonathan Edwards~


Charity and Its Fruits: Living in the Light of God’s Love (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2012) p. 157-158

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Jonathan Edwards – Sin Is Infinite Evil

4 Jan

Our obligation to love, honor and obey any being is in proportion to his loveliness, honor and authority. Therefore, sin against God, being a violation of infinite obligations, must be a crime infinitely heinous and so deserving infinite punishment. If there is any evil in sin against God it is infinite evil.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 1 (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 669.

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Jonathan Edwards – Resolutions and the Spirit of God

2 Jan

Wednesday, Jan. 2. Dull. I find, by experience, that, let me make resolutions, and do what I will, with never so many inventions, it is all nothing, and to no purpose at all, without the motions of the Spirit of God; for if the Spirit of God should be as much withdrawn from me always, as for the week past, notwithstanding all I do, I should not grow, but should languish, and miserably fade away. I perceive, if God should withdraw his Spirit a little more, I should not hesitate to break my resolutions, and should soon arrive at my old state. There is no dependence on myself. Our resolutions may be at the highest one day, and yet, the next day, we may be in a miserable dead condition, not at all like the same person who resolved. So that it is to no purpose to resolve, except we depend on the grace of God. For, if it were not for his mere grace, one might be a very good man one day, and a very wicked one the next. I find also by experience, that there is no guessing out the ends of Providence, in particular dispensations towards me—any otherwise than as afflictions come as corrections for sin, and God intends when we meet with them, to desire us to look back on our ways, and see wherein we have done amiss, and lament that particular sin, and all our sins, before him:—knowing this, also, that all things shall work together for our good; not knowing in what way, indeed, but trusting in God.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 1 (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. xxiv. Dairy

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Jonathan Edwards – More Blessed Than Mary

24 Dec

How wonderful a privilege did God bestow on the blessed virgin Mary in making her the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Creator of the world, and the Savior of sinners and the Judge of angels and men. How wonderful was the privilege that such a person should be conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Ghost. Indeed she was highly favored and blessed among women as the angel told her in Luke 1:28, “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

In this account she is deservedly called the blessed virgin, as she herself says in her song in Luke 1:48–49: “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me
blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.” Therefore Christ in our text doesn’t deny what the woman says when she cries out, “Blessed is the womb that bare thee and the paps which thou hast sucked,” but only that they are rather blessed who hear the word of God and keep it.

How great a privilege was it to this young virgin to conceive in her womb and hold in her arms and suckle at her breasts, a Child who was the Son of the highest, who was the great and eternal and infinitely beloved Son of God, the Creator and mighty Governor of heaven and earth and the great Savior of mankind. Well might she say upon it, “My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.”

But hearing and keeping the word of God renders a person more blessed than any of those privileges.

~Jonathan Edwards~






Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2008) p. 56-57

Adapted from “That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men” by Jonathan Edwards, in The Glory and Honor of God: Volume 2 of the Previously Unpublished Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, edited by Michael D. McMullen.

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Jonathan Edwards – Mount Zion

16 Oct

This city of Jerusalem is therefore called the holy city; and it was the greatest type of the church of Christ in all the Old Testament. It was redeemed by David, the captain of the hosts of Israel, out of the hands of the Jebusites, to be God’s city, the holy place of his rest for ever, where he would dwell. So Christ, the Captain of his people’s salvation, redeems his church out of the hands of devils, to be his holy and beloved city. And therefore how often does the Scripture, when speaking of Christ’s redemption of his church, call it by the names of Zion and Jerusalem! This was the city that God had appointed to be the place of the first gathering and erecting of the christian church after Christ s resurrection, of that remarkable effusion of the Spirit of God on the apostles and primitive Christians, and the place whence the gospel was to sound forth into all the world; the place of the first christian church, that was to be, as it were, the mother of all other churches through the world; agreeable to that prophecy, Isa. ii. 3, 4. “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem: and he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people,” &c. Thus God chose mount Zion whence the gospel was to be sounded forth, as the law had been from mount Sinai.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 1 (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 554. A History of the Work of Redemption

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Old Guy Top 5: Jonathan Edwards

17 Sep



Interested in reading more from Jonathan Edwards or learning more about him?


Below is a list of 5 of the best works by Edwards or books written about him.


1. The Works of Jonathan Edwards
The 2 volume collection of Jonathan Edward’s works contains most every work of his. If a work of his is printed in stand-alone format it is likely that it is also contained in this collection. A must-have for the reading of Edwards!

The Banner of Truth Edition: Hardback
The More Elegant Hendrikson Edition: Hardback
Digital Editions: Kindle | PDF: Vol. 1 | PDF: Vol. 2
Yale University Press Editions:


2. The Essential Edwards Collection 5 Volume Set
By way of introduction, presentation and reflection the authors unearth the choicest treasures of Edwards’ writings for lay people to discover.

5 Volume Set: Paperback Set | Kindle Set
Vol. 1: Jonathan Edwards Lover of God: Paperback | Kindle
Vol. 2: Jonathan Edwards On Beauty: Paperback | Kindle
Vol. 3: Jonathan Edwards On Heaven and Hell: Paperback | Kindle
Vol. 4: Jonathan Edwards On The Good Life: Paperback | Kindle
Vol. 5: Jonathan Edwards On True Christianity: Paperback | Kindle




3. Jonathan Edwards: A Life
A comprehensive but readable biography by George Marsden that gives the reader a sense of Edwards the man with all his strengths and frailties.

Paperback | Kindle
A Short Life: Paperback | Kindle




4. God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards
Written by John Piper and includes the full text of Jonathan Edwards’ “The End For Which God Created the World.”

Paperback | Kindle | Free PDF




5. God’s Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards
This theological overview of Jonathan Edwards’s teaching by Sean Michael Lewis centers on God’s accomplished redemption and its personal implications for believers.

Paperback | Kindle




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Jonathan Edwards – He That Has God, Has All

11 Sep

Though the wicked are in prosperity, and are not in trouble as other men; yet the godly, though in affliction, are in a state infinitely better, because they have God for their portion. They need desire nothing else; he that hath God, hath all. Thus the Psalmist professes the sense and apprehension which he had of things: Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 2 – Seven Sermons on Important Subjects (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 104. Sermon 1: God The Best Portion of the Christian

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Jonathan Edwards – Authentic Faith

7 Sep

True virtue never appears so lovely, as when it is most oppressed; and the divine excellency of real Christianity, is never exhibited with such advantage, as when under the greatest trials: then it is that true faith appears much more precious than gold! And upon this account is found to praise, and honour, and glory.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 1 – The Religious Affections (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 236

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Jonathan Edwards – The Infinite Jehovah Has Become Their God

30 Aug

The true followers of Christ have not only ground of rest and peace of soul, by reason of their safety from evil, but on account of their sure title and certain enjoyment of all that good which they stand in need of, living, dying, and through all eternity. They are on a sure foundation for happiness, are built on a rock that can never he moved, and have a fountain that is sufficient, and can never be exhausted. The covenant is ordered in all things and sure, and God has passed his word and oath, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us.” The infinite Jehovah is become their God, who can do every thing for them. He is their portion who has an infinite fulness of good in himself. “He is their shield and exceeding great reward.” As great a good is made over to them as they can desire or conceive of; and is made as sure as they can desire: therefore they have reason to put their hearts at rest, and be at peace in their minds.

~Jonathan Edwards~






The Works of Jonathan Edwards Vol. 2 (Peabody, MA; Hendrickson Publishers, Inc; 2007) p. 91

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