January 1

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   John 14:27

 

This legacy of Christ to His true disciples is very diverse from all that the men of this world ever leave to their children when they die.  The men of this world have great estates to bequeath, an abundance of the good things of this world, and they leave them to make a great show among men.  But none of these things are to be compared to that blessed peace which Christ has bequeathed to His true followers.  The peace which Christ gives vastly differs in the following respects:

Christ’s peace is a reasonable peace and rest of soul; it is what has its foundation in light and knowledge, in the proper exercise of reason, and a right view of things; whereas the peace of the world is founded in blindness and delusion.

Christ’s peace is a virtuous and holy peace.  The peace that the saints enjoy in Christ is not only their comfort, but is part of their beauty and dignity.  They are virtues and graces of God’s Spirit, wherein the image of God in the partly consists.

Christ’s peace greatly differs from that which is enjoyed by the men of the world, with regard to its exquisite sweetness.  It is sweet because it arises from holy and divine principles, the fountain of all good.

Christ’s peace is unfailing and eternal peace.  It is everlasting; it is what no time or change, can destroy.  The fountain of His comfort shall never be diminished.  His comfort and joy is a living spring in the soul.

 

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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