Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Edwards on Repentance

"Though [repentance] be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight. Repentance of sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God's excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder. 'Tis impossible that anyone should see anything that appears to him excellent and not behold it with pleasure, and it's impossible to be affected with the mercy and love of God, and his willingness to be merciful to us and love us, and not be affected with pleasure at the thoughts of [it]; but this is the very affection that begets true repentance. How much sovever of a paradox it may seem, it is true that repentance is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure."

From The Pleasantness of Religion (1723), published in The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Humility and Poverty of Spirit

"Again, another grace that you must earnestly seek the increase of is humility and poverty of spirit. There is no grace whatsover that has so many promises of comfort and of the tokens of God's presence and favor made to it in the Scriptures as such a spirit as this. If you indulge a spirit of pride, a spirit of high conceit of your own godliness or any other qualification, or an ambitious revengeful spirit, a spirit of high resentment in your behavior among men, you will not be likely ever to obtain a steady assurance.

But if you would obtain this, you must earnestly seek that you may be meek and lowly of heart, and be more and more as a lamb, or dove, or a little child."

From I Know My Redeemer Lives (1740), published in The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader.

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Pleasantness of Religion

"There is no pleasure but what brings more of sorrow than of pleasure, but what the godly man either does or may enjoy."

"Religion brings no new trouble upon a man but what brings more of pleasure than of trouble."

From The Pleasantness of Religion (1723), by Jonathan Edwards.
This is one of the sermons that is not published in the Works Volumes. It can be found in The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader published by Yale University Press.

Friday, March 17, 2006

St. Patrick's Day

"For there is no other God, nor ever was before, nor shall be hereafter, but God the Father, unbegotten and without beginning, in whom all things began, whose are all things, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, who manifestly always existed with the Father, before the beginning of time in the spirit with the Father, indescribably begotten before all things, and all things visible and invisible were made by him. He was made man, conquered death and was received into Heaven, to the Father who gave him all power over every name in Heaven and on Earth and in Hell, so that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe. And we look to his imminent coming again, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to each according to his deeds. And he poured out his Holy Spirit on us in abundance, the gift and pledge of immortality, which makes the believers and the obedient into sons of God and co-heirs of Christ who is revealed, and we worship one God in the Trinity of holy name."

From The 'Confessio' of St. Patrick.
(sorry, not a puritan quote)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Lo!, He Comes

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

Charles Wesley