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God's Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards (With the Complete Text of The End for Which God Created the World) Paperback – January 6, 2006
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"One studies the time and backgrounds of some men in order to understand them. Others have such rare greatness that one studies them in order to understand their times. . . . Jonathan Edwards was such an original."
—Paul Ramsey, Editor of Edwards's ethical writings in the Yale critical edition
"No man is more relevant to the present condition of Christianity than Jonathan Edwards."
"The western church . . . much of it drifting, enculturated, and infected with cheap grace . . . desperately needs to hear Edwards's challenge."
—Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"[Edwards] speaks with an insight into science and psychology so much ahead of his time that our own can hardly be said to have caught up with him."
—Perry Miller, Former Harvard Historian
"One of the most holy, humble and heavenly minded men that the world has seen since the apostolic age."
—Ashbel Green, 1829, Former President of the College of New Jersey
". . . the profoundest reasoner, and the greatest divine . . . that America ever produced."
—Samuel Davies, 1759
"[Edwards] was a man who put faithfulness to the Word of God before every other consideration."
—Iain H. Murray, author, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography and Evangelical Holiness; Founding Trustee, Banner of Truth Trust
"The disappearance of Edwards's [God-entranced] perspective in American Christian history has been a tragedy."
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame; editor, Protestantism after 500 Years
"Edwards's book, The End for Which God Created the World [is] . . . unsurpassed in terms of its theological grandeur."
—David Brand, Author, Edwards Scholar
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"One studies the time and backgrounds of some men in order to understand them. Others have such rare greatness that one studies them in order to understand their times . Jonathan Edwards was such an original." Paul Ramsey, editor of Edwardss ethical writings in the Yale critical edition
"No man is more relevant to the present condition of Christianity than Jonathan Edwards." D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"The western church much of it drifting, enculturated, and infected with cheap grace desperately needs to hear Edwardss challenge." Charles Colson
"[Edwards] speaks with an insight into science and psychology so much ahead of his time that our own can hardly be said to have caught up with him." Perry Miller, former Harvard historian
"One of the most holy, humble and heavenly minded men that the world has seen since the apostolic age." Ashbel Green, 1829, former president of the College of New Jersey
" the profoundest reasoner, and the greatest divine that America ever produced." Samuel Davies, 1759
"[Edwards] was a man who put faithfulness to the Word of God before every other consideration." Iain Murray, Edwardss biographer
"The disappearance of Edwardss [God-entranced] perspective in American Christian history has been a tragedy." Mark Noll, Wheaton College historian
Edwardss book, The End for Which God Created the World [is] unsurpassed in terms of its theological grandeur." David Brand
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This book completely re-designed my view of the gospel and my views of God. Piper and Edwards "team up" to provide a challenging, searing, and straightforward view of God that few Christians today would agree with. I found it unsettling and comforting at the same time.
Edwards marshalls huge amounts of scriptural evidence to support his claim, and, as always, he brilliantly answers philosophical objections against what the scriptures reveal about the matter. His writing throughout is penetrating, perceptive, persuasive, and deeply worshipful.
I think John Piper's goals in his contribution to this work were to whet the reader's appetite for the feast of The End for Which God Created the World and to make the work more accessible to the average reader. He succeeds in both respects. After reading Dr. Piper's introduction I was eager to plow forward, and, while reading The End . . ., I found Dr. Piper's explanatory footnotes helpful.
The End for Which God Created the World is a majestic work, and I am grateful that John Piper took the time to re-introduce it to the general public. May God use this humble offering from Jonathan Edwards's pen to help our tragically parched world find the living water flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb!
One thing that stood out to me early in the book is Edwards' simple yet profound interpretation of a few verses I had seen a million times before, but had never considered in the context of this question. Edwards cites verses like Isaiah 48:12 and Revelation 22:13, where God calls himself the first and the last, and interprets this to mean that God is not only the first cause but also the last end or purpose of all creation. He similarly cites verses such as Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:16, and Hebrews 2:10, where all things are said to be from God, for God, and to God, to show that all things proceed from God as their creator and flow back to God as their ultimate end or reason for existence, and that all glory will ultimate flow back to God, so that the glory of God is the last end and final consummation of the existence of the world.
In fact, I've never seen so much scriptural support for any belief as Edwards provides for his claim that God makes himself his purpose in the creation of the world. Many times in the book Edwards lists off a half dozen passages and then says something like, "but places to this purpose are too numerous to be particularly recited; see them in the margin," and if you follow the footnote you're presented with a list of two or three dozen passages that are similar to the five or six already given.
I have been blessed by this book. I will never think about God's purposes and intentions in quite the same way again, nor will I read or understand many passages of scripture in the same way. I'm overwhelmed by how great God is and how insignificant I am in the scheme of things, and yet how significant I am to God in fulfilling his own purposes because I have the capacity (albeit only as the Holy Spirit works in me) to recognize God for who he is, to take my delight in him, and enjoy him forever, thereby giving him the honor, praise, and glory he alone is due. As Piper has said elsewhere many times, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," and, "the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever."
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