Accompanying this landmark document are sermons by nine other influential Puritans of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, among them Thomas Shepard's "The Parable of the Ten Virgins," Cotton Mather's "An Hortatory and Necessary Address," John Cotton's "The Way of Life," as well as sermons by John Winthrop, Increase Mather, Jonathan Mayhew, Thomas Hooker, Peter Bulkeley, and Samuel Willard.
Enlightening and thought-provoking, the volume will serve as primary source material in many American history and literature courses.
The fifteen sermons, four of which have never been published before, reflect a life dedicated to experiencing and understanding spiritual truth. Chosen to represent a typical cycle of Edwards’ preaching, the sermons address a wide range of occasions, situations, and states, corporate as well as personal. The book also contains an introduction that discusses Edwards’ contribution to the sermon as a literary form, places his sermons within their social and cultural contexts, and considers his theological aims as a way of familiarizing the reader with the "order of salvation" as Edwards conceived of it. Together, the sermons and the editors’ introduction offer a rounded picture of Edwards the preacher, the sermon writer, and the pastoral theologian.
Unswerving in his purpose after being converted to Christ, Brainerd endured many disappointments and hardships in order to take the gospel to the American Indians.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd is a challenging insight into the life of a man greatly used by God, one whose writings can be read with great spiritual benefit.
This Digital Puritan edition includes a biographical preface by Gerald Mick. Scripture references (in the English Standard Version®) are hyperlinked and embedded into the book. No internet connection is required.
1. All True Grace in the Heart Summed up in Charity, or Love
2. Charity or Love, More Excellent Than Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit
3. All That Can be Done or Suffered in Vain Without Charity, or Love
4. Charity Meek in Bearing Evil and Injuries
5. Charity Cheerful and Free in Doing Good
6. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of an Envious Spirit
7. The Spirit of Charity an Humble Spirit
8. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of a Selfish Spirit
9. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of an Angry or Wrathful Spirit
10. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of a Censorious Spirit
11. All True Grace in the Heart Tends to Holy Practice in the Life
12. Charity Willing to Undergo All Sufferings for Christ
13. All the Christian Graces Connected and Mutually Dependent
14. Charity, or True Grace, Not to be Overthrown by Opposition
15. The Holy Spirit Forever to be Communicated to the Saints, in Charity, or Love
16. Heaven, A World of Love
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"Jonathan Edwards remains unequaled among North American theologians. These selections exemplify his special traits: eloquence, knowledge of the human heart, and metaphysical passion for complex beauty in nature, God, and Being-in-general."--Richard R. Niebuhr, Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus, The Divinity School, Harvard University
Praise for the earlier edition:
"Selections . . . representative of both the public and the private Edwards . . . give readers a nuanced introduction to Edwards and his time as well as an accessible entrée to the whole body of his work."--Booklist
"The most comprehensive one-volume Edwards anthology ever assembled."--Gerald R. McDermott, Religious Studies Review
Introduction Containing Explanations of Terms and General Positions
Chapter I. Wherein Is Considered, What Reason Teaches Concerning This Affair.
Section I. Some things observed in general, which reason dictates
Section II. Some further observations concerning those things which reason leads us to suppose God aimed at in the creation of the world
Section III. Wherein it is considered how, on the supposition of God’s making the aforementioned things his last end, he manifests a supreme and ultimate regard to himself in all his works
Section IV. Some objections considered, which may be made against the reasonableness of what has been said of God making himself his last end.
Chapter II. Wherein If It Is Inquired, What Is To Be Learned From Holy Scriptures, Concerning God’s Last End In The Creation Of The World
Section I. The Scriptures represent God as making himself his own last end in the creation of the world
Section II. Wherein some positions are advanced concerning a just method of arguing in this affair, from what we find in the Holy Scriptures
Section III. Particular texts of Scripture, that show that God’s glory is an ultimate end of the creation
Section IV. Places of Scripture that lead us to suppose, that God created the world for his name, to make his perfections known; and that he made it for his praise.
Section V. Places of Scripture from whence it may be argued, that communication of good to the creature, was one thing which God had in view, as an ultimate end of the creation of the world.
Section VI. Wherein is considered what is meant by the glory of God and the name of God in Scripture, when spoken of as God’s end in his works
Section VII. Showing that the ultimate End of the Creation of the World is but one, and what that one end is.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
1. Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved, so to do, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.
2. Resolved, To be continually endeavouring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the forementioned things.
3. Resolved, If ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God, nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.
5. Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, To live with all my might, while I do live....
Sect. I. A general introductory statement.
Sect. II. The manner of conversion various, yet bearing a great analogy.
Sect. III. This work further illustrated in particular instances.
The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God
Mr. Cooper’s Preface to the Reader
Sect. I. Negative Signs; or, What are no signs by which we are to judge of a work and especially, What are no evidences that a work is not from the Spirit of God.
Sect. II. What are distinguishing scripture evidences of a work of the Spirit of God.
Sect. III. Practical inferences.
Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England
Part I. Showing the Extraordinary Work Which Has Oflate Been Going on in This Land, Is a Glorious Work of God
Sect. I. We should not judge of this work by the supposed causes, but by the effects.
Sect. II. We should judge by the rule of Scripture.
Sect. III. We should distinguish the good from the bad, and not judge of the whole by a part.
Sect. IV. The nature of the work in general.
Sect. V. The nature of the work in a particular instance.
Sect. VI. This work is very glorious.
Part II. Showing the Obligations That All Are Under to Acknowledge, Rejoice in, and Promote This Work; And the Great Danger of the Contrary.
Sect. I. The danger of lying still, and keeping long silence, respecting any remarkable work of God.
Sect. II. The latter-day glory, is probably to begin in America.
Sect. III. The danger of not acknowledging and encouraging, and especially of deriding, this work.
Sect. IV. The obligations of rulers, ministers, and all sorts to promote this work.
Part III. Showing, in Many Instances, Wherein the Subjects, or Zealous Promoters, of This Work Have Been Injuriously Blamed.
Part IV. Showing What Things Are to Be Corrected or Avoided, in Promoting This Work, or in Our Behaviour Under It.
Sect. I. One cause of errors attending a great revival of religion, is undiscerned spiritual pride.
Sect. II. Another cause of errors in conduct attending a religious revival, is the adoption of wrong principles.
Sect. III. A third cause of errors in conduct, is, being ignorant or unobservant of some things, by which the devil has special advantage.
Sect. IV. Some particular errors that have risen from several of the preceding causes—Censuring others.
Sect. V. Of errors connected with lay-exhorting.
Sect. VI. Of errors connected with singing praises to God.
Part V. Showing Positively, What Ought to Be Done to Promote This Work.
Sect. I. We should endeavour to remove stumbling-blocks.
Sect. II. What must be done more directly to advance this work.
Sect. III. Of some particulars that concern all in general.
This Digital Puritan edition includes a biographical preface by Gerald Mick and an appendix of seventy-five questions drawn from the text of the book, suitable for quick review or for use in an accountability group setting. Scripture references (in the English Standard Version®) are hyperlinked and embedded into the book. No internet connection is required.
Edwards covers the intricacies of how believers are made righteous only through Christ’s merits, and that this justifying righteousness is equally imputed to all elect believers. This is accomplished by the condition of faith as an instrument. He demonstrates clearly the unscriptural nature of Arminianism and Antinomianism, both being destructive to the true Gospel of Christ.
Edwards says, “Christians should strive after an increase of knowledge, and no one should content themselves without some clear and distinct understanding in this point. But we should believe in the general, according to the clear and abundant revelations of God’s word, that it is none of our own excellency, virtue, or righteousness, that is the ground of our being received from a state of condemnation into a state of acceptance in God’s sight, but only Jesus Christ, and his righteousness and worthiness, received by faith. This I think to be of great importance.”
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