October 21

 

 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.   John 17:24

 

Christ will give Himself to you, with all the various excellencies that meet in Him, to your full and everlasting enjoyment.  He will ever after treat you as a dear friend; and you shall ere long be where He is, and shall behold His glory and dwell with Him in most free and intimate communion and enjoyment.

When saints get to heaven, they shall not merely see Christ, and have to do with Him as subjects and servants with a glorious and gracious Lord and Sovereign, but Christ will entertain them as friends and brethren.  This we may learn from the manner of Christ’s conversing with his disciples here on earth.  He told His disciples that He did not call them servants, but friends; and we read that one of them leaned on His bosom.  And doubtless He will not treat His disciples with less freedom and endearment in heaven.  He will not keep them at a greater distance for His being in a state of exaltation; but He will rather take them into a state of exaltation with Him.

When Christ was going to heaven, He comforted His disciples with this: that after a while He would come again and take them to Himself, that they might be with Him again.  And we are not suppose that when the disciples got to heaven, they found Him keeping a greater distance than He used to keep.  No, doubtless, He embraced them as friends, and welcomed them  to His and their Father’s house, and to His and their glory.

 

 

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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