September 30

 

 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.   Revelation 5:5-6

 

There is an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies in Jesus Christ.  The lion and the lamb, though very diverse kinds of creatures, yet each have their peculiar excellencies.  The lion excels in strength and in majesty of his voice; the lamb excels in meekness and patience, besides the excellent nature of the creature as good for food, yielding that which is fit for our clothing,, ,and suitable to be offered in sacrifice to God.  But we see that Christ is in the text compared to both, because the diverse excellencies of both wonderfully meet in Him.

In Jesus Christ are met infinite highness and infinite condescension.  Christ, as He is God, is infinitely great and high above all.  He is higher than the kings of the earth, for He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is higher than the heavens, and higher than the highest angels of heaven.  He is so high that He is infinitely above any need of us, above our reach that we cannot be profitable to Him, and above our reach that we cannot be profitable to Him, and above our conceptions that we cannot comprehend Him.

Christ is the creator and great possessor of heaven and earth.  He is sovereign Lord of all.  He rules over the whole universe and does whatever pleases Him.  His knowledge is without bound.  His wisdom is perfect, and what none can circumvent.  His power is infinite and none can resist him.  His riches are immense and inexhaustible.  His majesty is infinitely awful.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

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