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
When the saints shall see Christ’s glory and exaltation in heaven, it will indeed possess their hearts with the greatest admiration and adoring respect. It will not awe them into any separation, but will serve only to heighten their surprise and joy when they find Christ condescending to admit them to such intimate access, ad so freely and fully communicating Himself to them.
So if we choose Christ for our friend and portion, we shall hereafter be so received to Him that there shall be nothing to hinder the fullest enjoyment of Him to the satisfying of the utmost cravings of our souls.
By your being united to Christ, you will have a more glorious union with and enjoyment of God the Father than otherwise could be. For hereby the saints’ relation to God becomes much nearer: they are the children of God in a higher manner than otherwise could be. For, being members of God’s own natural Son, they are in a sort partakers of His relation to the Father. They are not only sons of God by regeneration, but by a kind of communion in the sonship of the eternal Son.
So we, being members of the Son, are partakers in our measure of the Father’s love to the Son and complacence in Him. So we shall, according to our capacities, be partakers of the Son’s enjoyment of God, and have His joy fulfilled in ourselves. And by this means we shall come to an immensely higher, more intimate, and full enjoyment of God than otherwise could have been.
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.