January 22

 

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,   Hebrews 5:12

 

Be assiduous in reading the holy Scriptures.  This is the fountain whence all knowledge in divinity must be derived.  Every man of common understanding who can read may, if he pleases, become well acquainted with the Scriptures.  Do not content yourselves with only a cursory reading, without regarding the sense.  When you read, observe what you read.  Take notice of the drift of the disclosure and compare Scripture with Scripture.

Procure and diligently use other books which may help you grow in this knowledge.  There are many excellent books which might forward you in this knowledge and afford you much profit.  Improve conversation with others to this end.  How much might persons improve each other’s knowledge in divine things if they would communicate without pride and ostentation.

Do not seek to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice it.  Seek that God would direct and bless you in your pursuit after knowledge.  This is the direction of James 1:5.  God is the fountain of knowledge (Proverbs 2:6).

Practice according to what knowledge you have.  This will be a way to know more.  The Psalmist recommends this in Psalm 119:100.  Christ also recommends the same in John 7:17.

 

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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