January 2

 

 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,   1 Peter 1:8

 

In these words, the apostle represents the state of the minds of the Christians he wrote to, under the persecutions they were then the subjects of.  And there were two kinds of operation or exercise of true religion in them under their sufferings that the apostle takes notice of in the text, wherein these benefits appeared.

Love to Christ.  “Whom having not seen, ye love.”  The world was ready to wonder what strange principle it was that influenced them to expose themselves to so great sufferings, to forsake the things that were seen, and renounce all that was dear and pleasant which was the object of sense.  They had a principle of love to something unseen; they loved Jesus Christ, for they saw Him spiritually whom the world saw not, and whom they themselves had never seen with bodily eyes.

Joy in Christ.  Their joy was full of glory.  Although the joy was unspeakable, no words were more fit to represent its excellency than these, that it was full of glory; or, as it is in the original, glorified joy.  In rejoicing with this joy, their minds were filled, as it were, with a glorious brightness, and their natures exalted and perfected.  It was a prelibation of the joy of heaven; it filled their minds with the light of God’s glory, and made them to shine with some communication of that 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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