Faith and Feelings Part Eight – High affections are to be desired

Jonathan Edward's great work Religious Affections was introduced to us in yesterday's quote.  In my mind there is probably no better book written to help us to grasp this vital subject (other than the Bible itself of course!)  We should by now be beginning to understand one of the most fascinating paradoxes, our feelings are meant to be a massive part of our Christian experience, and yet they are not always to be relied upon. This quote is vintage Edwards: Some are ready to condemn all high … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Seven – How the affections of a preacher must be stirred

Today we turn to Jonathan Edwards, that master of discussing Christian experince and his concept of the affections.  We would be wrong to assume that affections are simply the emotions as the following quote makes clear.  Although this idea does include emotions, it relates to the entire inclination of our heart and wills. When thinking about our affections, we have to ask "what draws our heart's attention?" Jonathan Edwards’s Treatise Concerning the Religious Affections (1746) has provided … [Read more...]

George Whitefield Meets Jonathan Edwards

Lex has an interesting post today on George Whitefield's comments on Jonathan Edwards’ Family Life. He shares quotes from Whitefield's diary, but to get you interested here is his description of these two men of God:Edwards and Whitefield shared many similarities. They were both highly respected Christian leaders, they both had a reputation as powerful preachers, they were both Calvinistic in their theological outlook.But there, the similarities ended. Their style of preaching was very … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Perseverance of the Saints

Jonathan Edwards teaches the doctrine of perseverance in this passage, which is about as far removed from the easy believism most understand when they say "once saved always saved" as you can get. " . . .as soon as ever a soul has put forth one act of faith towards Jesus, it becomes interested in his righteousness, and so in all the benefits that are purchased by it. The soul is thenceforward united to Christ, and Christ is his and all that he has. When a soul has believed in Christ, God stands … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Irresistible Grace

The shocking nature of the doctrine that God's grace is irresistible was hammered home to me by this quote. If this notion does not make you grateful to God that YOU should be so blessed by him, I don't know what will. . . .the Calvinistical notion of sovereign and arbitrary grace, whereby some, with the very same sincerity of endeavors and the same degree of endeavors and the same use of means, shall have the success which is denied others; and although all things are exactly equal in both … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Limited Atonement

There is none of the five points of calvinism that are associated with more confusion than the one commonly called Limited Atonment or particular atonement. The problem comes because we do not tend to understand exactly what Calvinists have historically meant by this point, nor do we understand the alternatives on either side. Logic can be very treacherous when it comes to doctrinal understanding. So, in the following quote from Edwards we will find him steering a middle ground between two … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Unconditional Election

Jonathan Edwards masterfully argues that it is necessary that God determined that at least one individual would be saved, or else there would have been the risk that Jesus work would have been done in vain. The implication of this argument is of course that once you have accepted that at least one person was chose effectually by God to be saved, it is surely easy to believe that all Chrisitans were in fact chosen by God before the foundation of the world without anything in us cause him to be … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Total Depravity

I am planning on sharing some short quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the five points of Calvinism. Here is the first on the "T" of the so-called "TULIP". He simply defines Total depravity: . . . the Calvinistic doctrine of the total depravity and corruption of man's nature, whereby his heart is wholly under the power of sin, and he is utterly unable, without the interposition of sovereign grace, savingly to love God, believe in Christ, or do anything that is truly good and acceptable in God's … [Read more...]

Everything Jonathan Edwards Ever Wrote FREE Online

I have only recently discovered what is surely one of the most helpful websites I've found in a long time. Most people are aware that Jonathan Edwards is a towering colossus who many consider to be the best American theologian of all time; however, almost no one I know has read more than one of his books.There have been many previous versions of Edwards' works, but until recently, this did not include his massive collection of short thoughts, which I like to compare to blog posts. But now there … [Read more...]

SERMON – Living to Know Jesus (Philippians 3)

Yesterday I preached at Jubilee and thought, as usual, that I would share my notes and the audio here. But before I get to that, since it's Monday and my habit in "normal" times is to share a quote with you from Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones, this quote is a good one to begin with as, in many ways, it sets the scene for what I was preaching on. "What should we be seeking? We should always be seeking the Lord Jesus Christ himself, to know him, and know his love and to be witnesses for him and to … [Read more...]


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