June 17

 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7

 

The satisfaction of Christ is as sufficient for the removal of the greatest guilt as the least.  All the sins of those who truly come to God for mercy, let them be what they will, are satisfied for.  If God is true who tells us so, and if they are satisfied for, surely it is not incredible that God should be ready to pardon them.  So that, Christ having fully satisfied for all sin, or having wrought out a satisfaction that is sufficient for all, it is now in no way inconsistent with the glory of the divine attributes to pardon the greatest sins of those who in a right manner come unto Him for it.  God may now pardon the greatest sinners without prejudice to the honor of His holiness.  The holiness of God will not suffice Him to give the least countenance to sin, but inclines Him to give proper testimonies of his hatred of it.

But since Christ has satisfied for sin, God can now love the sinner, and give no countenance at all to sin, however great a sinner he may have been.  It was sufficient testimony of God’s abhorrence when He took the guilt of it upon Himself.  Nothing can more show God’s abhorrence of sin than this.  If all mankind had been eternally damned, it would not have been so great a testimony of it.

God may, through Christ, pardon the greatest sinner without any prejudice to the honor of His majesty.  The honor of the divine majesty indeed requires satisfaction; but the sufferings of Christ fully repair the injury.

 

 

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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