October 7

 

 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

 

Christ is one of infinite condescension.  None are so low or inferior but Christ’s condescension is sufficient to take a gracious notice of them.  He condescends not only to angels, humbling Himself to behold the things that are done in heaven, but He also condescends to such poor creatures as men – and that not only so as to take notice of princes and great men, but of those who are of meanest rank and degree, the poor of the world (James 2:5).  Such as are commonly despised by their fellow creatures, Christ does not despise.  “Base things of the world, and things that are despised, hath God chosen” (1 Corinthians 1:28).  He takes a gracious notice of little children (Matthew 19:14).  His condescension is sufficient to take a gracious notice of the most unworthy, sinful creatures, those who have infinite ill deservings.

His condescension is great enough to become their friend.  It is great enough to become their companion, to unite their souls to Him in spiritual marriage.  It is great enough to take their nature upon Him, to become one of them so that He may be one with them.  Yea, it is great enough to abase Himself yet lower for them, even to expose Himself to shame and spitting; yea, to yield Himself up to an ignominious death for them.  And what greater act of condescension can be conceived?

Such a conjunction of such infinite highness and low condescension in the same person is admirable.

 

 

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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