February 12

 

…to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.   Ephesians 1:6

 

Consider the choice of the person to be our Redeemer.  God’s wisdom appears in that He pitched upon His own, His only-begotten Son, to be the person to perform the work.  He was a Redeemer of God’s own choosing, and therefore He is called in Scripture God’s elect (Isaiah 42:1).  The wisdom of choosing this person appears in His being in every way a fit person for this undertaking.  It was necessary that He should be a divine person.  It was requisite that the Redeemer of sinners should be infinitely holy.  None could take away the infinite evil of sin but one who was infinitely far from and contrary to sin Himself.  Christ is a fit person upon this account.

It was requisite that the person, in order to be sufficient for this undertaking, should be one of infinite dignity and worthiness so that He might be capable of meriting infinite blessings.  It was necessary that He should be a person of infinite wisdom and power; for this work is so difficult that it requires such a one.  It was requisite that He should be a person infinitely ear to God the Father in order to give an infinite value to His transactions in the Father’s esteem, and that the Father’s love to Him might balance the offense and provocation by our sins.  Therefore He is called “the Beloved.”

 

 

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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