February 5

 

Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!   Psalm 24:8

 

By this contrivance for our redemption, God’s greatest dishonor is made an occasion of His greatest glory.  Sin is a thing by which God is greatly dishonored; the nature of its principle is enmity against God and contempt of Him.  And man, by his rebellion, has greatly dishonored God.  But this dishonor, by the contrivance of our redemption, is made an occasion of the greatest manifestation of God’s glory that ever was.

Sin, the greatest evil, is made an occasion of the greatest good.  It is the nature of a principle of sin that it seeks to dethrone God; but this is hereby made the greatest manifestation of God’s royal majesty and glory that ever was.  By sin, man has slighted and despised God; but this is made an occasion of His appearing the more greatly honorable.  Sin casts contempt upon the authority and law of God, but this, by the contrivance of our redemption, is made the occasion of the greatest honor done to that same authority, and to that very law.  It was a greater honor to the law of God that Christ was subject to it and obeyed it.  It was a greater honor to God’s authority that Christ showed such great respect, and such entire subjection to it, than the perfect obedience of all the angels in heaven.

By his sin man showed his enmity against the holiness of God; but this made an occasion of the greatest manifestation of God’s holiness.  The wisdom of God has contrived that those attributes are glorified in man’s salvation.

 

 

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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