October 13

 

 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

 

To induce you to accept Christ as your Savior, consider how much Christ appears as the Lamb of God in His invitations to you to come to Him and trust Him.  Here is not only infinite strength and infinite worthiness, but infinite condescension, and love and mercy as great as power and dignity.  If you are a poor, distressed sinner, whose heart is ready to sink for fear that God never will have mercy on you, you need not be afraid to go to Christ for fear that He is either unable or unwilling to help you.  Here is a strong foundation and an inexhaustible treasure to answer the necessities of your poor soul; and here is infinite grace and gentleness to invite and embolden a poor, unworthy, fearful soul to come to it.

If Christ accepts you, you need not fear but that you will be safe, for He is a strong lion for your defense.  And if you come, you need not fear that you will not be accepted, for HE is like a lamb to all who come to Him, and receives them with infinite grace and tenderness.  It is true that He has awful majesty – He is the great God, and is infinitely high above you – but there is this to encourage and embolden a poor sinner, that Christ is a man as well as God.  He is a creature as well as the Creator; and He is the most humble and lowly in heart.

Though He is a lion, He will only be a lion to your enemies; but He will be a lamb to you.

 

 

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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