For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:5
The mutual joy of Christ and His church is like that of bridegroom and bride, in that they rejoice in each other as those whom they have chosen above others for their nearest, most intimate, and everlasting friends and companions. The church is Christ’s chosen.
On the other hand, the church chooses Christ above all others. He is inn her eyes the chief among ten thousand, fairer than the sons of men. She rejects the suit of all His rivals for His sake. Her heart relinquishes the whole world. He is her pearl of great price, for which she parts with all; and she rejoices in Him as the choice and rest of her soul.
Christ and His church rejoice in each other, as having a special property in each other. All things are Christ’s; but He has a special property in His church.
Christ and His church rejoice in each other, as those who are the objects of each other’s most tender and ardent love.
Christ and His church rejoice in each other’s beauty. The church rejoices in Christ’s divine beauty and glory.
Christ and His church rejoice in each other’s love. The church is spoken of as rejoicing in the love of Christ.
Christ and His church rejoice in communion with each other, as in being united in their happiness and having fellowship and a joint participation in each other’s good.
Christ and His church rejoice in conversing with each other. The words of Christ by which He converses with His church are most sweet to her.
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.