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Growing in God's Spirit (Edwards, Jonathan, Jonathan Edwards for Today's Reader.) Paperback – June 1, 2003

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JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was pastor of the Congregational church in Northampton, Massachusetts, for about twenty years. His sermons and books earned him widespread respect and continue to inspire readers.

T. M. MOORE (M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary) is pastor of teaching ministries at Cedar Springs Church, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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  • Series: Jonathan Edwards for Today's Reader
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875525997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1950s, A. W. Tozer saw the enemy within the church as the Evangelical Rationalists: those who believed that divine truth was confined to words and creeds, and if you held the right opinion on the stated propositions, you had the truth. Today there is an anti-rationalist countermovement that promotes contemplative practices and mysticism, and portrays doctrine as an impediment to authentic religious experience. Jonathan Edwards' sermons on The Divine and Supernatural Light, included in this book, explain why we must have doctrine to enjoy meaningful spiritual experience, and why we must have spiritual experience or be left with a dead letter. It is the remedy for both sterile rationalism and meaningless mysticism.

Edwards begins with Peter's confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and Jesus' response: "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." Matt 16:17. While others through natural reason ("flesh and blood") surmised Jesus to be John the Baptist or Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets, Peter received a true spiritual knowledge of Jesus directly imparted to the soul by God the Father.

There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet after being told it is so, and having a sense of its sweetness after tasting. Those whom God enlightens do not merely hold the rational belief that the Son of God is glorious, but they have a sense of his gloriousness in their hearts. It is directly received from God as light from the sun: "For God who commanded the light to shine in the darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6.
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