August 12

 

so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification andredemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”   1 Corinthians 29-31

 

Those who are in a state of salvation are to attribute it to sovereign grace alone, and to give all the praise to Him, who makes them to differ from others.  Godliness is no cause for glorying unless it is in God.  Such are not, by any means, in any degree to attribute their godliness, their safe and happy state and condition, to any natural difference between them and other men, or to any strength or righteousness of their own.  They have no reason to exalt themselves in the least degree; but God is the Being whom they should exalt.

They should exalt God the Father, who chose them in Christ, who set His love upon them and gave them salvation before they were born, even before the world was.  If they inquire why God set His love on them and chose them rather than others, if they think they can see any cause outside of God, they are greatly mistaken.  They should exalt God the Son, who bore their names on His names on His heart when He came into the world and hung on the cross, and in whom alone they have Spirit, who of sovereign grace and called them out of darkness into marvelous light’ who has by His own immediate and free operation led them into an understanding of the evil and danger of sin, brought them off from their own righteousness, and opened their eyes to discover the glory of God and the wonderful riches of God in Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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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