April 1

 

 For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my righteousness will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.”   Isaiah 51:8

 

This work is a work that God carries on from the fall of man to the end of the world.  The work of redemption and the work of salvation are the same thing.  What is sometimes in Scripture called God’s saving His people is in other places called His redeeming them.  So Christ is called both the Savior and the Redeemer of His people.

I would show how I would be understood when I use the word “redemption.”  The work of redemption is sometimes understood, in a more limited sense, for the purchase of salvation; for so the word strictly signifies a purchase of deliverance.  And if we take the word in this restrained sense, the work of redemption was not so long in doing.  But it was begun and finished with Christ’s humiliation.  It was all wrought while Christ was upon earth.  It was begun with Christ’s incarnation, carried on through Christ’s life, and finished with Hid death, which ended I His resurrection.

But sometimes the work of redemption is taken more largely, including all that God works or accomplishes tending to this end; not only the purchasing of redemption, but also all God’s works that are properly preparatory to the purchase, or as applying the purchase and accomplishing the success of it.  All that Christ does in this affair as Mediator, in any of His offices – either of Prophet, Priest, or King, either when he was in this world in His human nature, before or since – is all but one work, one design.

 

 

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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