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As a voice from the past, God's mighty man raises His Standard high,
that God's Truth should not be lost in these
Last Days of deception.
"He being dead yet speaketh"
(Hebrews 11:4 ).
God has laid himself under no obligation,
by any promise to keep any natural man
out of hell one moment.
God certainly has made no promises
either of eternal life,
or of any deliverance or preservation
from eternal death,
but what are contained in the covenant of grace,
the promises that are given in Christ,
in whom all the promises are yea and amen."
-from "SINNERS in the HANDS of an ANGRY GOD"
by Jonathan Edwards
TO THE CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA:
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an Open Door, and
NO man can shut it:
for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My WORD, and hast not
denied My Name.
10 Because thou hast kept the WORD of My patience,
I also will keep thee
from The Hour Of Temptation, which shall come upon all the world,
to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: HOLD THAT FAST
which thou hast,
that NO man take thy crown.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches"
Sermons by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards: GOD Glorified
in Man's Dependence ---New Window
1 Corinthians 1:29, 30, 31 "That no flesh should
glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto
us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according
as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." THOSE Christians
to whom the apostle directed this epistle, dwelt in a part of the world where human
wisdom was in great repute; as the apostle observes in the 22nd verse of this chapter,
"The Greeks seek after wisdom."
Edwards: Absent from the Body ---New Window
THE apostle in this place is giving a reason why he
went on with so much boldness and immovable steadfastness, through such labors, sufferings,
and dangers of his life, in the service of his Lord; for which his enemies, the false
teachers among the Corinthians, sometimes reproached him as being beside himself,
and driven on by a kind of madness.
Edwards: Christian Knowledge ---New Window
HEBREWS 5:12 "For Then for the time ye ought to
be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles
of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat." THESE words are a complaint, which the apostle makes against the chrictian
Hebrews, for their want of such proficiency in the knowledge of the doctrines and
mysteries of religion, as might have been expected of them.
Edwards: The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth ---New Window
Hebrews 5:12 "For when, for the time, ye ought
to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles
of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat." These words are a complaint, which the apostle makes of a certain defect
in the Christian Hebrews, to whom he wrote.
Edwards: Christ's Agony ---New Window
LUKE 22:44. "And
being in an agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was as it were great drops
of blood falling down to the ground." OUR Lord Jesus Christ, in his original nature, was infinitely above
all suffering, for he was "God over all, blessed for evermore;" but, when
he became man, he was not only capable of suffering, but partook of that nature that
is remarkably feeble and exposed to suffering.
Jonathan Edwards: The
Excellency of Christ ---New Window
The visions and revelations the apostle John had of
the future events of God's providence, are here introduced with a vision of the book
of God's decrees, by which those events were fore-ordained.
Edwards: Safety, Fulness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ ---New Window
Isaiah 32:2 "And a man shall be as an hiding-place
from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place,
as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." In these words we may observe,
1. The person who is here prophesied of and commended, viz. the Lord Jesus Christ,
the King spoken of in the preceding verse, who shall reign in righteousness.
Edwards: Many Mansions ---New Window
JOHN 14:2. "In
My Father's house are many mansions." IN these words may be observed two things, 1. The thing described,
viz., Christ's Father's house. Christ spoke to his disciples in the foregoing chapter
as one that was about to leave them. He told 'em, verse 31, "Now is the Son
of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him," and then goes to giving of them
counsel to live in unity and love one another, as one that was going from them.
Edwards: Pressing into the Kingdom of God
"The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God
is preached, and every man presseth into it." In these words two things may
be observed: First, Wherein the work and office of John the Baptist consisted, viz.
in preaching the kingdom of God, to prepare the way for its introduction to succeed
the law and the prophets.
Edwards: God's Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men
ROMANS 9:18. "Therefore
hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth." THE apostle, in the beginning
of this chapter, expresses his great concern and sorrow of heart for the nation of
the Jews, who were rejected of God. This leads him to observe the difference which
God made by election between some of the Jews and others, and between the bulk of
that people and the Christian Gentiles.
Edwards: Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer
"Will he always call upon God?" CONCERNING these words, I would observe, 1. Who it is that is here spoken of,
viz. the hypocrite; as you may see, If you take the two preceding verses with the
verse of the text. "For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained,
when God taketh away his soul? Will God bear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call up on God?"
(Especially Concerning the Wayward)
Edwards: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God ---New Window
"Their foot shall slide in due time." -Deuteronomy
In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites,
who were God's visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding
all God's wonderful works towards them, remained (as vers 28.) void of counsel, having
no understanding in them.
Edwards: Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only
Ezekiel 15:2-4 "Son of man, What is the vine tree
more than any tree? Or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall
wood be taken thereof to do any work? Or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel
thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; The fire devoureth both the ends
of it, and the midst of it is burnt: Is it meet for any work?" The visible church
of God is here compared to the vine tree, as is evident by God's own explanation
of the allegory, in verses 6, 7, and 8.
Edwards: The Vain Self-Flatteries of the Sinner
Psalm 36:2 "For he flattereth himself in his
own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful." In the foregoing verse,
David says, that the transgression of the wicked said within his heart, "that
there is no fear of God before his eyes;" that is, when he saw that the wicked
went on in sin, in an allowed way of wickedness, it convinced him, that he was not
afraid of those terrible judgments, and of that wrath with which God hath threatened
sinners If he were afraid of these he could never go on so securely in sin, as he
Edwards: Pardon for the Greatest Sinners
PSALM 25:11 "For
thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity; for it is great." IT is evident by some passages
in this psalm, that when it was penned, it was a time of affliction and danger with
Edwards: The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable ---New Window
"Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall
deal with thee? I the Lord save spoken it, and will do it." IN the former part of this chapter,
we have a dreadful catalogue of the sins of Jerusalem; as you may see from the first
to the thirteenth verse.
Edwards: The Manner in Which the Salvation of the Soul is to be Sought ---New Window
GENESIS 6:22 "Thus
did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he." CONCERNING these words, I would
observe three things: 1. What it was that God commanded Noah, to which these words
refer. It was the building of an ark according to the particular direction of God,
against the time when the flood of waters should come; and the laying up of food
for himself, his family, and the other animals, which were to be preserved in the
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