April 8

 

so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.   Galatians 3:14

 

The sum of the blessings Christ sought by what He did and suffered in the work of redemption was the Holy Spirit.  So is the affair of our redemption constituted: the Father provides and gives the Redeemer, the price of redemption is offered to Him, and He grants the benefit purchased.  The Son is the Redeemer who gives the price, and also is the price offered; and the Holy Spirit is the grand blessing obtained by the price offered and bestowed on the redeemed.

The Holy Spirit, in His indwelling, His influences and fruits, is the sum of all grace, holiness, comfort and joy; or in one word, of all the spiritual good Christ purchased for men in this world.  He is also the sum of all perfection, glory, and eternal joy that He purchased for them in another world.

The Holy Spirit is that great benefit who is the subject matter of the promises of both the eternal covenant of redemption and also of the covenant of grace; the grand subject of the promises of the Old Testament in the prophecies of the blessings of the Messiah’s kingdom, the chief subject of the promises of the New Testament, and particularly of the covenant of grace delivered by Jesus Christ to His disciples as His last will and testament in John 14-16.  He is the grand legacy that He bequeathed to them in his last and dying discourse with them.  Therefore the Holy Spirit is so often called “the Spirit of promise,” the promise of the Father.

 

 

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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