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Jonathan Edwards on Knowing Christ Paperback – August 1, 1990
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In his sermon on "Pressing Into the Kingdom of God," Edwards writes "There are probably some here present that are now concerned about their salvation, that never will obtain. It is not to be supposed that all that are now moved and awakened will ever be savingly converted. Doubtless there are many now seeking that will not be able to enter" (p.101).
One could attend church after church, week after week, and not here preaching like this today. If you are looking for an alternative to the seeker sensitive message of our time, then start reading Edwards. It will change your life and give you tremendous insight into how seriously the Puritans pursued godly living and personal holiness. Mostly importantly, it will challenge you to examine your own salvation to see if you are really in the faith.
"On Knowing Christ" is a collection of ten sermons.
I. Christian Knowledge
II. God Glorified in Man's Dependence
III. God Makes Men Sensible of Their Misery Before He Reveals His Mercy and Love
IV. Pressing Into the Kingdom of God
V. The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners
VI. Safety, Fullness, and Sweet Refreshment, To Be Found In Christ
VII. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
VIII. Christians a Chose Generation, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A Peculiar People
IX. The End of the Wicked Contemplated By the Righteous
X. Pardon For the Greatest Sinners
But it is theologically accurate and does indeed present the glory and holiness of the Lord.
No other writer has so exalted the Glory of God in his writings (with the exception of John Piper) better than Edwards. He is not perfect but his writing seem like it because his writings are strictly bible based and sound doctrine.
He deals with the depravity of man because of the sin of Adam, then offers the solution of redemption by faith in Jesus our Savior. The message of the Cross is central to the Gospel but it has nearly been replaced with another gospel of prosperity and materialism. People don't study their Bibles but depend on someone else spoon-feeding them the word. Many are not getting meat but are malnourished for the cheese and crackers they are being fed. This is why the writings of Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards are needed now more than ever. You must overcome the urge to not read Edwards because he owned slaves or was a flawed man. Christ died for the worst of us and don't confuse the message with the messenger. The Bible is still true even if the messenger is not so perfect!