52 Life Changing Quotes By Jonathan Edwards On Life, Faith, Grace And More
Jonathan Edwards was an eminent American philosopher, Congregationalist, protestant theologian and revivalist preacher. He held to the ‘Reformed theology’ just like most of the ‘Puritans’. He played a pivotal role in the religious revival known as ‘The First Great Awakening’. This led to the revolution of the Protestant religion in British America and Europe during the mid 18th century. As a theologian, his thoughts, works and preaching covered various aspects of Christian religion however, he was primarily considered as a pioneer in Calvinism or Reformed faith. We have rounded some notable and inspiring quotes and sayings by Jonathan Edwards which are till date quoted extensively. Go through the quotable quotations and thoughts by Jonathan Edwards on free-will, major, God, live, glory, happiness, creature, beautiful, music, travel, content, God, best, power, liberty, pass, friendship, heart etc.
Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important. God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion. Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs. Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind. He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion. You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary. Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God. Godliness is more easily feigned in words than in actions Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering. Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die. Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls. From love arises hatred of those things which are contrary to what we love, or which oppose and thwart us in those things that we delight in. How can you expect to dwell with God forever, if you so neglect and forsake him here? Holiness appeared to me to be of a sweet, pleasant, charming, serene, calm nature; which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness and ravishment to the soul. True weanedness from the world don't consist in being beat off from the world by the affliction of it, but a being drawn off by the sight of something better. One of these grand defects, as I humbly conceive, is this, that children are habituated to learning without understanding. Grace is the seed of glory, the dawning of glory in the heart, and therefore grace is the earnest of the future inheritance. Nothing sets a Christian so much out of the devil's reach than humility. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same. By the grace of God we will never pluck unripe fruit. We will never press people to decision, because we'll lead them to damnation and not salvation. Men will trust in God no further than they know Him; and they cannot be in the exercise of faith in Him one ace further than they have a sight of His fulness and faithfulness in exercise. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. When indeed it is in God we live, and move, and have our being. We cannot draw a breath without his help. All earthly desires are but streams, but God is the ocean. Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God's help, I do humbly entreat Him, by His grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's sake. Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is to life. We ought not to limit God where He has not limited Himself. [the Devil]... stands waiting for them, like greedy hungry lions that see their prey, and expect to have it... Grace of God in bestowing this gift is most free. It was what God was under no obligation to bestow: he might have rejected fallen man, as he did the fallen angels. It All our good is more apparently from God, because we are first naked and wholly without any good, and afterwards enrich with all good. Nothing grieves me so much as that I cannot live constantly to God’s glory. Tis a more glorious effect of power to make that holy that was so depraved and under the domination of sin than to confer holiness on that which before had nothing of the contrary. None that will come to Christ, let his condition be what it will, need to fear but that Christ will provide a place suitable for him in heaven. Greatest concern is not for your health, or temporal welfare, but for the good of your soul. Though My soul longs to feel itself more of a pilgrim and stranger here below; that nothing may divert me from pressing through the lonely desert, till I arrive at my Father’s house. The good Lord grant, that false religion may cease, and true religion prevail through the earth! Oh, the closest walk with God is the sweetest heaven that can be enjoyed on earth! This glorious Person came down from heaven to be ‘the Light of the world,’ that by him the beauty of the Deity might shine forth, in the brightest and fullest manner, to the children of men. Our Redeemer, who was infinitely the most wonderful example of love that was ever witnessed. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of. There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting. Evangelical faith has the gospel of Christ for its foundation; The presbyterian way has ever appeared to me most agreeable to the word of God, and the reason and nature of things; Whatever is absolutely valuable in itself and is also capable of being sought and obtained by God is his ultimate end in creating the world.
O! one hour with God infinitely exceeds all the pleasures and delights of this lower world.
If there be such a distinguishing excellency in divine things, tis rational to suppose that there may be such a thing as seeing it.
If a sight of Christ's outward glory might give a rational assurance of His divinity, why might not an apprehension of He is spiritual glory do so too?
Tis a more glorious effect of power to make that holy that was so depraved and under dominion of sin, than to confirm holiness on that which before had nothing of the contrary.
... it is for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell... The harder the heart is, the more dead is it in sin, and the more unable to exert good affections and acts.