April 15

 

He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.   John 5:35

 

There is an analogy between the divine constitution and disposition of things in the natural and in the spiritual world.  The wise Creator has not left the natural world without light, but in our solar system has set one great light, immensely exceeding all the rest, shinning perpetually with a transcendent fullness and strength, to enlighten the whole; and He has appointed other lesser, subordinate, or dependent lights that shine with the communications and reflections of something of His brightness.  So it is in the spiritual world: there God has appointed Jesus Christ as a Sun of righteousness.  The Church of God did not have the sun to be her light by day, or for brightness does the moon give light to her; but the Lord is her everlasting light, and her Good her glory.  The new Jerusalem has no need of the sun nor the moon, for the Lamb is the light thereof.

The ministers of Christ are, as it were, the stars that encompass this glorious Fountain of light to receive and reflect His beams, and give light to the souls of men.  As Christ therefore is in Scripture called the sun, so are His ministers called stars.  It is the excellency of a minister of the gospel to be both a burning and a shining light.  Thus we see it in Christ’s esteem, the great prophet of God, and light of the world, head of the church, and Lord of the harvest, and the great Lord and master whose messengers all ministers of the gospel are.

 

 

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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