November 4

 

 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; andof this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”   Acts 17:31

 

The world will be judged righteously by Jesus Christ.  These words are a part of the speech which Paul made on Mars Hill, a place of concourse of the judges and learned men of Athens.  As he speaks to philosophers and men of learning, he speaks quite differently from his common mode of address.

God is the supreme Judge of the world.  God is so by right.  He is by right the supreme Judge of the world.  God is so by right.  He is by right the supreme and absolute Ruler and Disposer of all things, both in the natural and moral world.  God is by right the sovereign Ruler of the world.  He is possessed of this right by reason of His infinite greatness and excellency, by which He merits, and is perfectly and solely fit for, the office of supreme ruler.  God also has a right to the character of supreme Ruler by reason of the absolute dependence of every creature on Him.  He has a right to judge their actions and conduct, and to fulfill the sanction of his law.

God is, in fact, the supreme Judge of the world.  He has power sufficient to vindicate His own right.  As He has a right which cannot be disputed, so He has power which cannot be controlled.  He is possessed of omnipotence, and He maintains His dominion in the moral as well as the natural world.  Men may refuse subjection to God as a Lawgiver, yet they shall have Him for their Judge.

God acts as Judge towards men more especially in man’s particular judgment at death, and in the great and general judgment.

 

 

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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